The proposals for a World Water Law and World Water Year 2021 are the first initiatives towards the global adoption and implementation of Codes for a Healthy Earth
"The water of life, the first medicine of the world, is so precious to every living thing that grows, breathes and lives. The water is the female blood of Mother Earth that brings life. A woman brings children in this world through water of the womb, she then cleans her children with water, cooks and feeds them with water. She plants and waters her gardens. The trees that grow and provide air need water. Water is life and as we say Mni Wiconi - Water of Life! We will continue to stand for the water so that we may live.
The World Water Law is a great way for all people to unite around our water and demand a binding international law protecting one of our Mother Earth’s prime resources."
— Ta Mak'a Wast'e Win, Her Good Earth Woman, LaDonna Brave Bull Allard
The escalating social, health and environmental crises are a stark wake-up call for all of humanity to act on our shared needs and priorities:
our personal health
healthy, supportive and resilient families and local communities
local access to our basic necessities
a healthy world for ourselves, our children, and for all of Life
The global and rapid response to the pandemic has shown the world that it is possible for governments to coordinate around a shared crisis, and for citizens to change their behavior in a very short space of time. Our next step, as interconnected and interdependent citizens of Earth, is to ensure that this global response is not limited to containing and treating symptoms. With the far-reaching impact of the virus, humanity is faced with an unprecedented opportunity for a “global reset” — to put in place new, foundational laws and systems that proactively cultivate the health and vitality of the planet and all its inhabitants for generations to come.
The most efficient and holistic strategy for restoring both human and environmental health is to prioritize the healing of our planetary Waters — the foundation of health, and the source and sustenance of all Life on Earth. As humanity evolves to recognize the essential Rights of Nature, we are now called to stand for the Right of Water to be protected and restored to its original pristine nature.
Proposal for a World Water Law
We, citizens of Earth, call for and commit to working together to ensure that a binding international law is put in place for the immediate and universal protection of all Water, as the first vital step towards global cooperation for effective, worldwide social and ecological healing.
The World Water Law requires:
the uncompromising protection and restoration of all natural water sources, watersheds, aquifers, rivers, lakes, wetlands, estuaries and oceans
the rewilding of ecosystems, necessary for the restoration of the planetary water-cycle
the guaranteed, free access of all humans and animals to natural, uncontaminated Water
The World Water Law holds all governments, corporations, communities, and individuals, fully accountable for their impact on all waters everywhere.
This one Law serves as a unifying foundation for all governments and citizens to work together with community-led wisdom and stewardship councils in ways that effectively serve the health and vitality of the whole.
This global initiative honors the many Water Guardians around the world who have dedicated their lives to the protection and reverence of Water on behalf of all of Life.