Moms Rock the Water

Come Mother’s Day I do my best to cut through the “Hallmark Card Haze” and think about my mom and the mom-types who helped teach me a few things along the way. And to think about all the moms who are raising their kids and working hard to make our planet a livable place.

Carpe Diem West’s network has many remarkable women – leaders in their communities and organizations who are tackling the tough tough issues of climate change and water in the American West.

There are two who, along with so many others, deserve our applause and great thanks.  The first is Laura Briefer, with Salt Lake Public Utilities, who is leading work in her community to protect the Wasatch Mountains, the source of the region’s drinking water.

The second is Laura McCarthy with The Nature Conservancy, who is getting a campaign off the ground in New Mexico to restore the forested headwaters that provide much of the water for over a million people, farms and the species who depend on these watersheds.

As they and their husbands (who also deserve our thanks) raise their kids, they are doing amazing work to protect the rivers and forests of the West we all love and depend on.

You can support these two women, and all the women and men who are working hard with them.  Get involved – send your comments to the Mountain Accord, Salt Lake’s collaboration.  And to the Rio Grande Water Fund, the work Laura McCarthy is leading in New Mexico.

Let’s hear it for the moms.  Moms rock the water!

Kimery Wiltshire

5/11/14

Image: ISchmidt / Shutterstock.com

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