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A couple of months ago I read Linda Sue Park’s A Long Walk to Water.

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A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about a girl in Sudan in 2008 and a boy in Sudan in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the “lost boys” of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.

I was left not in shock of what humans can do to one another, though that is shocking, but in awe of what humans will do to survive. And what is even more amazing is that Salva Dut, the inspiration for the book, has gone on to bring fresh water to areas of South Sudan through his foundation Water For South Sudan. I would also be remiss if I did not mention Linda Sue Park’s ability to tell this incredible story. Effortless is the word that comes to mind, even though we know such writing is anything but.

What does this have to do with Earth Day? After reading this BBC article I could not help but be reminded of A Long Walk To Water. Through detailed mapping it has been discovered that underneath Africa there are huge stores of water, perhaps more than 100 times the amount that is on the surface. Now how best to tap into these huge stores and who will have control over them are all issues that are sure to stir much debate. But for now, for just today, let us marvel at the beauty and mystery that is Earth. How many more secrets do we have yet to discover.

How are you celebrating Earth today? We will be planting our first small broccoli and onion plants today. Companion planting is this year’s garden experiment. More on that later.


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