Water is essential to all life. Despite our politics, passions, race, religion, or socio-economic status, we are all part of one watershed.
Together we can create unity, peace, and progress around water and watershed health. WMG's We Are One Watershed resolutions are a counter current to the disturbing trends of division and hatred. We at WMG believe that we should turn inward and ask what we can do to improve ourselves, our neighborhoods, and our communities.
Here are WMG's We Are One Watershed Resolutions.
Resolution #1: We will uplift all gender identities and fully value their contributions.
- Create universally inclusive spaces at our Living Lab & Learning Center through how we design our space and welcome people, including gender inclusive facilities, family-friendly bathrooms, and ongoing Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) culture building for staff and docents.
- Include all gender identities by sharing preferred pronouns in our communications and honoring various forms of gender expression in the workplace and at events.
- Uplift groups that have been historically disempowered in the workforce, like working moms, by providing the opportunity to build leadership skills, fill leadership roles, and provide flexibility for working parents.
Resolution #2: We will embrace diversity within and without our organization.
- Create a diverse staff by offering opportunities and job pathways for all individuals through how we recruit, engage, train, and onboard interns, docents, staff, and board members.
- Design outreach and education activities specially for Latinx community in Southern Arizona through Spanish outreach materials, Spanish education activities, and activities in Latinx neighborhoods.
- Acknowledge and learn from the Native American experience by collaboratively creating opportunities for guest presenters, partner dialogue, and collaboration on restoration projects.
Resolution #3: We will expand efforts to serve culturally rich, limited income communities.
- Build stronger connections with nearby limited income communities to see the Living Lab as an asset and their green space through Family Saturdays.
- Make rain garden resources accessible by eliminating barriers to materials through the Build Your Own Basin (BYOB) program.
- To build trust in our community, meet community members where they're at, and bring our programming to their neighborhoods.
- Offer paid internships for underserved populations to serve as an entry point to the nonprofit sector through the WaterWRLD Program.
- Plan River Run Network events in locations that serve limited income neighborhoods and partnering with community leaders whenever possible.
Resolution #4: We will work towards collaborative conservation projects and policy making to restore our rivers and improve watershed health.
- Co-lead Santa Cruz Watershed Collaborative to ensure diverse representation and inclusive culture, including governmental, tribal, NGO, and industry partners, working towards the vision of "people working together to ensure a healthy urban watershed with flowing rivers and streams."
- Engage and learn from a diverse cross section of the community including Mexican, Indigenous, and Multi-generational communities with strong ties to the land, in conservation and advocacy efforts through the River Run Network, to value and steward flowing rivers and watershed health.
- Expand Release The Beavers campaign through binational collaboration, including annual beaver survey and watershed restoration projects with NGO and agency partners in Arizona and Mexico.
Let us all set this intention: to increase our commitment to our community, starting with what we do at our own homes, with small but meaningful acts. Whether it’s going to the dog park and listening without anger to someone with different values you meet there, joining the board of a non-profit, or attending a Co-op workshop, how you choose to extend yourself will make a difference. And if you need a way to build common ground, I suggest talking about water.