One of the very cool things that comes with working in small non-profits is the natural collaboration that tends to emerge. This year for @waterdocsfilmfestival I pushed in a team meeting that I felt it was time they launched an award, to be given annually to a prominent or emerging water activist. They were completely open to it and a colleague of mine ran with it to add that the award itself could be created by a local Toronto glass artist. And so, on #WorldWaterDay, we announced the inaugural Water Warrior Award, to be presented to Maude Barlow during #WaterDocs2018 Opening Night (April 12). You can read about the award - and the local artist creating the unique glass statues - at the link in my bio.
This quote from Barlow is extremely important to me - activism can be incredibly draining. There’s not a lot of money in it and people throw up walls where you are trying to build bridges. I take a lot of comfort and inspiration in older activists who tell the haters to shut it this is our world now and we got this #wearethechange#wearetheoneswevebeenwaitingfor
The student-led campaign against gun violence and school shootings is designed to “call on lawmakers to prioritize the lives of young people nationwide."⠀
There are more than 800 marches currently being planned in solidarity with Saturday’s National March For Our Lives in Washington, D.C. Look up march info in your city here:⠀
WHAT ELSE YOU CAN DO TO SUPPORT:⠀
Sign the petition calling on Congress to pass a law to ban the sale of assault weapons; you can also go a step further by donating directly to the March for Our Lives action fund. ⠀
Ensure that you're registered to vote in California, so you can cast your ballots in the local 2018 elections -- if you're not registered, you'll have the opportunity to do so before the march begins thanks to HeadCount, an organization providing assistance to the democratically-inclined.⠀