"Water is Life:" a statement packed with such profound meaning to us as humankind. More than ever, the protests at the Dakota Access Pipeline are a stern reminder of this all-important message. The very resource that gives us ALL life, water, is in grave danger as a pipeline construction project encroaches upon a water source.
The most vital aspects of life are the things that nourish both our bodies and souls and when something as powerfully valuable as the water we drink is threatened, both are in peril. We've written about the Flint drinking water crisis many times before, a tragedy of unfathomable proportions.
And now this: a $3.7 billion pipeline project threatens to destroy the natural environment in an area of South Dakota that is home to multitudes of people. The project's construction could damage ancient sacred Native American lands that date back 15,000 years as well as pollute the water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.
The Dakota Access Pipeline project is 90% finished, but just this week the US Army Corps of Engineers rejected an application for the pipeline to tunnel underneath Lake Oahe, a reservoir formed by a dam in the Missouri River.
Protesters at the pipeline camp celebrated this as a victory, but are hesitant to vacate the camp and go home (despite brutal winter weather conditions) as our country faces a new presidential administration which will likely approve the final construction phase of the pipeline.
As visitors enter the camp, they are greeted by 350 flags of various Native American nations which fly alongside numerous banners proclaiming the protesters' mantra, "Water is Life," a powerful reminder of the life-and-death resource that is in such serious danger.
We at Water Gallery stand with the natural environment at every turn and reading about this story has affected us deeply, just as any story that describes our earth and its resources in peril at the hands of man.
We are proud to feature Wyland's gorgeous new bottles, designed by Wyland himself, which elegantly and powerful showcase the words "Water is Life" alongside his iconic signature and whale tail. As one customer aptly wrote on our Facebook page, "I will buy if you give a portion back to Standing Rock."
We wish we could do that, but please know that with every purchase of a Water Gallery product, 3% is given back to environmental foundations. The words "Water is Life" always have and always will have profound meaning to all of us as a human race. But now, more than ever, these words ring true.
On this day and going forward, we keep the Standing Rock tribe in our hearts and minds and hope that their sacred lands and water supply will not be polluted and tarnished by the selfishness of man.