“Mni Wiconi.” It means, “Water is Life.” These powerful words arose from the vision of Indigenous Youth at Standing Rock in North Dakota, and they stand strongly for the growing spirit of our time. The spirit of Mni Wiconi says: “Life is not possible without water. Therefore, it is the right of all life to have water that is safe, clean, and nourishing.” Water is Life has become a cry for unity, among people of all continents and nations, to protect and restore all that is Sacred and life-giving in our world.
There is an ancient proverb that says:
“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children.”
This is the growing Spirit of Standing Rock, and this is the spirit of Water is Life! Protect the Sacred Earth Week, taking place from April 22nd through April 30th.
The Call to Play in Earth Week is Now! Sign Up Today!
Water is Life! Protect the Sacred Earth Week is a 9 day global challenge to inspire acts of love, service, and compassion toward our Mother Earth and all life.
Beginning in 2017 on April 22nd and continuing through April 30th, Protect the Sacred Earth Week catalyzes the love human beings have for the Earth by bringing people together globally to participate in a playful competition of compassionate action.
In Earth Week, Players and Teams strive together to come up with fun, meaningful, and creative ways to develop regenerative practices that celebrate life’s interconnectivity, while cultivating a responsibility to protect and restore the Earth for future generations of life to come!
Water is Life! Protect the Sacred Earth Week is grounded in appreciation and respect of one’s local bioregion, honoring Indigenous leadership and practices in how best to care for Mother Earth while acknowledging our human place in the web of life. Earth Week is a way to explore how we can be compassionate toward the Earth, and act in ways to discover compassion for ourselves, each other, and all members of the Earth Community.
Earth Week includes Earth Day, an annual event to support environmental protection.
Since it is the Earth’s water, land, and clean air that we totally depend upon for our sustenance, well-being, and future, the decision to act compassionately toward our Mother Earth is as natural as breathing. The spirit of “Protecting the Sacred” is calling us to live in unprecedented, unified action to change the narrative of our current story to one of justice, sustainability, and love for one another, all beings, and this place we call home.
As a registered Player or Team, you and your community will benefit from your participation during the Water is Life: Protect the Sacred Earth Week in the following ways:
1. Receive daily Compassion Missions for each day of the coopetition to inspire simple, thoughtful, and meaningful actions in your life and community.
2. Elevate your experience during the coopetition by participating with fellow players and change-makers; be inspired by the actions of others and benefit from the element of playful competition to ignite more excitement around your service.
3. Share your experiences on a brand new Compassion Report Map that displays coopetition results in real time with teams and players around the world.
4. Receive invitations to exciting online events that feature renown luminaries and “Champions of Compassion” who offer wisdom and new ways to engage in compassionate action.
5. Gain access to personalized coaching with Head Coach Sommer Albertsen, along with many resources to ensure your experience is positive, supported, and meaningful! (Chat with Sommer now by selecting the chat symbol in the lower left corner of the website.)
6. And much, much more…!
Mobilized compassionate action to Protect and Restore the Sacredness of Mother Earth is the ultimate act of compassion, for its benefits reach far beyond our individual selves to all living beings. The youngest among us, and our future generations, are looking to us – their ancestors! – to care for the Earth lovingly so that it can support and sustain their lives as well.
Let’s play together and bring compassion to life for Mother Earth!
Players and Organizers: Use The Sign Up Button Above to Get Started.
There are many ways that individuals and teams can play, from organizing creative and regenerative service projects for the Earth to performing acts of kindness toward all members of life. All players will receive a Secret Agent of Compassion mission to use each day of the Water is Life Coopetition, offering meaningful, tangible ideas and inspiration for activities as a way to participate in Earth Week. Players then report on their activities on the Compassion Report Map. The reports of Registered Teams are reflected on the Earth Week Scoreboard, displaying the number of volunteers, number of hours served, number of people served, and the monies raised for local or global causes.
Sign Up to Play!
Sign up as an individual or team to play and prepare for Earth Week! Invite and challenge others to generate excitement and catalyze more compassion for the Earth and all life during the Coopetition!
Play Your Hearts Out!
Organize service projects, inspire and commit acts of kindness, and find ways to to give back to the Earth, your local wildlife, bioregion, and community! Play as Secret Agents, and get ideas from the gallery of Ways to Play to get started!
Report and Reflect
After your compassionate actions and service, report on your activities and outcomes on the Compassion Report Map, capturing the number of volunteers, hours served, monies raised, and people served!
To play, take a photo of a place that you love in the natural world, and post it to the Compassion Report Map with a brief story describing its significance to you! Your favorite place could be near a creek, where the sun glitters off the surface, mesmerizing your heart. Or, it could be a forest path you often take, full of mystery and hidden wonder. Maybe it’s even your own backyard, where time stands still as you sit and watch the seasons unfold before your eyes! Make sure your your home and places are added to the Story Map to show them your love! Learn more and view last year’s submissions here!
By playing 2020 or Bust: The Game of the Century, you will literally help reduce global emissions, the key to the world’s winning the game. You’ll also be part of a global community of great people who have committed to end the climate crisis.
We need to reduce annual global carbon emissions by 8 gigatons by 2020 to end the crisis. With this app, you choose actions that shrink your own carbon footprint and with it, the global footprint.
Committing to these activities plugs you into the global game. You’ll see your progress and our global progress tracked on your dashboard. And coming soon, you will able to get notifications and reminders, track the impact of your actions, and get news and updates.
The Community Resilience Challenge is an annual community mobilization campaign that runs through the Spring to inspire thousands of citizens, leaders, and groups to save water, grow food, conserve energy, reduce waste and build community. This Challenge is organized by Daily Acts and Transition United States, among others. Participate in this Challenge to build community while proactively creating sustainable environmental and social practices! Learn more here!
Our partners at Films for the Planet have created a special Earth Week celebration with five great feature length documentaries for you to watch online at no cost!
Starting April 18 through April 30th, get full access to the Earth Day 2017 program through Films for the Planet Members Circle. We are encouraging Earth Week players and teams to stream on demand as well as add the films to their scheduled Earth Day events to spark a conversation – in living rooms, community centers, churches and libraries. Our program includes Community Discussion and Education Guides, and How to Take Action Guidelines. Films for the Planet has also put together an Art of Hosting Film toolkit for group screenings and conversations.
By signing up as a Player or Team, you will receive a unique Mission of Compassion each day of Earth Week. Each mission offers simple, thoughtful, and fun ways to bring compassion to life for oneself, others, and Mother Earth!
For the 9 Days of Water is Life: Protect the Sacred Earth Week, the Compassion Torch will be passed from one “Champion of Compassion” to the next, forming a Compassion Relay. Stay tuned for who will be the game-changing Torchbearers in this coopetition!
Freely use the resources and social shares below to celebrate and promote your participation in Earth Week!