Changing Planet

Standing With Standing Rock and the Right to Clean Water

By Jon Waterhouse and Mary Marshall

Examine the protests over construction of the Dakota Access pipeline with an objective mind (links below, basic facts here) and you’ll arrive at the conclusion that the Native Americans gathered at Standing Rock care—and shouldn’t we all.

The threat at Standing Rock is not lack of oil or loss of jobs.

The threat is to the one element that none—yes, none—of us can live without: WATER.

Protecting clean water isn’t about scenery. It’s about basic human rights. (Photo by Mary Marshall)

I realize that for most readers this is not “in your backyard,” but shouldn’t you care enough to support those at Standing Rock to protect something this vital, this important to us all?

The United Nations has recognized the human right to clean water.

Ask yourself what will it take for you to engage in the protection of this resource that makes your latte, fills your pool, allows for fishing and your morning shower, is a major ingredient in beer and wine, beauty products, your supplements and medications, vital to agriculture and many forms of manufacturing … and on and on?

What will it take?

Don’t leave the Native Americans to carry this by themselves.

Look around, ask yourself, ask your friends: What will it take and when will we engage?


Standing Rock Coverage From Across the Web

Dakota Access Pipeline: What You Need to Know (Nat Geo Education Blog)

Topic Page From Indian Country Today

Why is the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe trying to stop a pipeline? (Christian Science Monitor)

Showdown over oil pipeline becomes a national movement for Native Americans (Washington Post)

A Pipeline Fight and America’s Dark Past (New Yorker)

Taking a Stand at Standing Rock (New York Times)



Jon Waterhouse’s destiny was foretold the moment he pushed his canoe off the bank of the Yukon River and started to paddle. That incredible 2007 canoe trip, which he christened “the Healing Journey,” began with a simple request by the native elders and tribal leaders living in the Yukon River watershed to "go out, take the pulse of the river." Waterhouse’s journey raised awareness of the importance of environmental stewardship, combined traditional native knowledge with modern science, and helped rebuild intimate connections between Yukon communities and the natural world. The journey soon stretched far beyond the Yukon and led the Native American down rivers and through cultures in distant parts of South America, Russia, Greenland, Africa, and New Zealand.
  • Heidi Kleinmaus

    I stand with this nation’s original environmentalists at Standing Rock for the right to clean water!

  • Will Weisman

    I stand with the brave individuals at standing rock and support their right to clean water.

  • June Donenfeld

    I stand as well. The Native Americans are carrying a burden that is too heavy for they alone to bear–we are ALL affected by this, near and far. Water is a right, for all, not a privilege, and we forget this at our peril.

  • Melanie Rowan

    I stand with the Sioux, I’d rather have water to drink than a fossil fuel fire breathing dragon. I SPEAK FOR MY father Robert John Rowan who raised me to have a deep longing fora change and deep respect for Mother Earth and History. IM SO PROUD OF MY mother for teaching me how to learn history, one book at time. WE OWE DEBT TO SIOUX for breaking pro ise, and starving them back to USA
    Good luck today, Sept 9. 2016!

  • Melanie Rowan

    My Father , rest in peace, taught m to have a deep love and Respect for How Canada was before we raped her, and made bad blood with those who were here. This is a great time, in The Spirit Of the Curly Horses, let’s pray for the best today Sept 9, 2016 in court, tbig oil getting tuned in

  • jack shimano

    we are ALL stewards of the land-not to be raped for immediate profit-cudos to natives standing up to private carpet baggeers

  • Susan Thomas

    Water is life. I stand with all those trying to protect it.

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