Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on Facebook: World Water Day 2017
In Hawai'i, protecting our precious land and water is more than just a policy discussion; it is a way of life. Growing up, my first swimming classes were in the ocean at Ala Moana, I spent many weekends hiking our mountains, and have always appreciated the beauty of our island home. Our culture of aloha is centered around love, respect, and compassion for all living things, and is rooted in a deep respect for Mother Nature and the life-giving gifts she provides.
Too often, it is only in times of crisis that we realize just how vital our most precious resource is to all of us. Once we allow an aquifer to be polluted, there is very little that can be done about it. This is why it is essential that we prevent water resources from being polluted in the first place. Whether we are looking at the potential threat posed to a major Hawaiʻi aquifer by Red Hill fuel storage, water rights on Maui and Kaua'i, the lead contaminated water supply of Flint, Michigan, or the Dakota Access Pipeline threatening a major water resource, each example underscores the vital importance of protecting our water. Water is life. We cannot survive without it. The love and appreciation we have for our home can motivate us to recognize what each of us can do, on small and large scales, to preserve this precious resource and make sure it is accessible for generations to come. #WorldWaterDay
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