Walk, Pray, Water (Rachel Carson Walk)

May 24, 2009 - 5:30pm

1000 Prayers for Water

(formally Bow Valley’s Rachael Carson Walk)

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Event starts at 11:30 am sharp

Birthday Cake in honour of Rachael Carson 1pm

What we do to the water, we do to ourselves. Our bodies are about 70 percent water, which is roughly the same percentage that water is to the surface of the Earth. There is no life without clean water.

The Bow River basin nourishes over 1 million people as well as plant and animal and life within and along its shores. It is under enormous pressure from various land use impacts and growing urban communities.

The state and fate of the Bow River mirrors the growing pressure on water resources throughout the world. Over one billion people lack access to safe drinking water and water shortages have become the issue of the century. Water crosses borders and links us all.

Prayer and collective action on behalf of the earth's water is needed.

Ways to participate

  • Invite members of your faith, community, organization and your friends and family. Find a short prayer, song  or mantra, or compose your own for the earth's water . Other forms of expression, such as dance or art work is also welcomed.
  • Meet at 11 :30 am at  Ralph Connor Memorial United Church for a short public expression of prayers for water. Please email [email protected] or if you would like to read/sing/dance etc. your prayer in front of the gathering
  • Walk the marked path along the Bow River, reciting your prayers and stopping at various check points to read information about protecting water.  Please bring  your own water bottle.
  • Enjoy a Birthday Cupcake  in celebration of what would have been the 102nd birthday of environmental activist Rachel Carson back at the United Church, after the walk
  • If you can not join in the event, consider a gathering in your community or join us by prayer or meditation
  • Pass on this information to anyone you think might be interested
  • Hang the poster of this event. Available for download from http://www.pinkandgreenribbon.com. Print copies available by contacting:  Patricia Thompson at  403.609.3708
  • Consider financially sponsoring this event. Tax receipts can be given.

For more information or if you want to volunteer for this event, please contact Sherri Rinkel Mackay at [email protected]



Ralph Connor Memorial United Church
617 Main Street
Canmore , AB