Why We Fight For Water

Moksha/Modo Yoga’s 9th annual GROW YOUR YOGA campaign is happening NOW (April 1-30, 2017), and this year, we’re raising funds and awareness for those who lack access to clean water – something we believe should be a basic human right for all, but sadly is not. One of the organizations we’re working with, who does INCREDIBLE work for this cause,  is 350.org… 

Blog Post By: Matt Hillsberg & Thelma Young (350.org)

350.org works around the world to prevent disastrous climate change. Our name signifies the safe level of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, 350 parts per million, but we are now over 400 ppm. 350.org has helped build a global movement behind the goal of transitioning the world beyond fossil fuels and embracing a renewable energy future. At heart of so much of our work is the need to protect our valuable water resources.

2016 was the hottest year on record, and in 2017 we’ve already seen disastrous impacts around the world because of climate change — mudslides in Peru, sea level rise in the Pacific islands, droughts throughout eastern and southern Africa, and in Saudi Arabia 3 months worth of rain fell in 24 hours. Everywhere we look people’s communities are at risk because their water is threatened by increasing climate change.

Extreme energy projects, like the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines in North America, also threaten to poison our climate, air, water, land, and violate Indigenous rights. That’s why 350.org has partnered with Indigenous allies and water protectors to stop these pipelines – because we know water is life.

We’ve supported the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline on the ground and across the country. Our team members went to North Dakota to support actions against the Dakota Access Pipeline throughout the fight. On September 13th we held a national day of action to stand with Standing Rock. Thousands around the world stood in solidarity with Standing Rock in over 200 actions, with 3,000 people mobilized in Washington, D.C. alone. On November 15th, we helped organize tens of thousands to join over 300 rallies across all 50 states to urge President Obama and the Army Corps of Engineers to permanently reject the Dakota Access Pipeline. While we succeeded in halting the pipeline under President Obama, our work continues under the Trump administration.

We can’t thank Moksha/Modo Yoga and their Grow Your Yoga campaign enough for supporting 350.org’s work, pushing back against the fossil fuel industry and helping keep our water clean. Together, we can build a renewable energy future for all.

PHOTO CREDIT: Eman Mohammed. “Water Protectors march in Washington D.C. on November 11, 2016 during the #NODAPL Day of Action.”




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