Dear friend of FLOW,
In the Northern Hemisphere, spring and hope arrive together as twins. This is the time when the Earth seems slowly, and then suddenly, to come alive again. It’s also the time when we set aside a moment to recognize, celebrate, and rededicate ourselves to the protection of the planet: Earth Day is this Friday, April 22.
If we look beneath the surface, we know the Earth has been alive all winter. And if we look past the headlines, we see hope that abounds this Earth Day.
In this update, we highlight free public events on Earth Day involving FLOW and our partners that provide the opportunity to clean up, listen, learn, celebrate, and connect with others interested in making a difference. Scroll down for the details. And consider these other events too, including an Indigenous Earth Day Celebration on April 21 in St. Ignace and more Earth Day activities around the Great Lakes Basin.
We also bring urgent, yet hopeful, perspectives, including news of a June 15 FLOW livestream featuring internationally renowned water guardian Maude Barlow and her new book, Still Hopeful, reflecting on the lessons of her lifelong advocacy of water as a human right.
“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness,” said Archbishop Desmond Tutu. “You see it wonderfully when you fly and the sky is overcast. Sometimes you forget that just beyond the clouds the sun is shining.”
This Earth Day we remember that our planet is always alive, and that we can keep it whole and healthy through our work. Thank you for contributing to hope.
Liz Kirkwood, Executive Director
P.S. – We’ve moved: FLOW’s office has moved a few blocks west to a new location at 440 West Front St., Suite 100, in Traverse City. We’re next to Kids Creek, just a couple blocks south of the azure waters of West Grand Traverse Bay. Stop by and visit us!