Topic: Water

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by Emma Reynolds

“We can’t eat money or drink oil. One day I will be an ancestor and I want my descendants to know I used my voice so they can have a future.”

by Jarrod Shusterman, Neal Shusterman

“Used to be no one much knew or cared where our water came from. It was just there. But when the Central Valley started to dry up and the price of produce skyrocketed, people started to pay attention”

by Michele Weber Hurwitz

“I bend toward the water and look closer. The start of a dead zone? Was that boy trying to scare us, like Maya said? Or does he really know what’s happening? I spot another dead fish, floating on its side. There are clumps of green on its silver scales, more than the last one had. I walk away from the reeds and kneel by a clearer part of the water. ‘Renn? Everything okay?’ There’s a pause, then: ‘I’ve been better’. ‘What’s wrong?’ ‘Hard to explain.’”

by Jordan Scott

“I wake up each morning with the sounds of words all around me. And I can’t say them all.”

by Soosh

“And from that day on, my classmates and I picked up any garbage we found on the shore so that Mermaid could return someday.”

by Huỳnh Him Liên, Phùng Nguyên Quang

“When you don’t know a place, it can be scary …. But what you know can make a difference, turn the unfamiliar into family. I get to trace the edges of my path.”

by Carole Lindstrom

“We are stewards of the Earth / Our spirits have not been broken / We are water protectors. WE STAND!”

by Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

“We see that a world in crisis offers us an opportunity to build a more just one in its place. . . . The time has come for us to put aside everything that divides us and rise together like the oceans to turn the tides.”