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NGO GUARDIANS OF THE EARTH

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WHAT WE EAT

We eat cookies while in Europe - and pancakes in the rest of the World. Keep them in dry place if possible.

WISE THOUGHTS
Wise thoughts from our team & high profile supporters - Inspiration for young people worldwide

Thedy BRAENDLI,

Switzerland

Shirlie ROSS RODEN

England

Ernst BROMEIS

Switzerland

Thedy BRAENDLI, Switzerland

Thedy Braendli is the ISIA world champion in Giant Slalom and 3.Place in Demo. He is a member of the Swiss snow demo team and Coach of the FSSI = Federazione sci svizzeria italiana (swiss italian ski federation).

Hi, my name is Thedy Braendli and I live in Switzerland in the valley of Engadin. 

My job permits me to be in the mountains almost every day. The water of the Mediterranean sea is almost always under my feet, in the form of snow and ice.

In my short life I have witnessed the disappearing of our Glaciers in a drastic way.
I am forty now, but where we used to ski in summer twenty-five years ago, now there are only rocks left.
Some glaciers have lost more than one kilometre of length, but if you consider that an ice-field of thirty to forty metres of thickness has disappeared in only these few years, then what is going to be left in fifty years time?

If things continue like this, we will have big problems with permafrost ... mountains falling apart! Our water sources are slowly drying up.

Can you imagine the Alps, dry like a desert?

Please note that twenty-five years ago, the Peak in the photo below (round and black) was almost covered with the glacier.

I climbed up with my father who died this spring, and we walked on snow and ice to the top. Now there is almost no more ice left. Like this mountain, there are many more experiencing the same situation.

We are all part of this circle, not only the people that live at the Mediterranean sea. Let's do something together for us and for our future.

Thedy Braendli
St. Moritz, 20.01.2012

Thedy BRAENDLI, Switzerland

Thedy Braendli is the ISIA world champion in Giant Slalom and 3.Place in Demo. He is a member of the Swiss snow demo team and Coach of the FSSI = Federazione sci svizzeria italiana (swiss italian ski federation).

Shirlie ROSS RODEN, England

Shirlie Ross RODEN is an international concert performer, workshop leader, teaching the use of the voice as a transformative instrument. Born in London and brought up in South Wales, she graduated from Warwick University with the BA (Hons) in English and European Literature. 

Ines WALCH, Austria

Ines Riepl from Haiming is a state certified ski instructor, 2nd level snowboard instructor, raft guide and state certified Canyoning-guide. She is also a member of Adidas outdoor team. A true example of Girl Power!

Ernst BROMEIS-Camichel, Switzerland

Ernst Bromeis is a swimmer, water-ambassador, musician and adventurer from Switzerland. The former primary school teacher, triathlon coach, sports and event manager and editor of Radio Rumantsch is married and has three children. Water is precious to him.

Ines WALCH, Austria

Since I can remember, water makes me happy ... if it is in crystal form in winter or running in rivers, canyons or lakes ... 

 

My passion is canyoning. Swimming in crystal clear water, jumping and sliding down makes my mind clear and free.

 

I explored a lot of canyons and rivers, and it makes me feel sad when I see in some places mother nature is fighting against the stupidness of us humans.

 

There are places in Europe, so close to us, where it is not possible to drink clean tap water - people need to go and buy water - to live.

 

We don't even think about this when we take a long bath, plug the toilet with drinking water or use our washing machine.

 

Maybe we should just be a bit more thankful, every day, and think how we can save more water.

Yeah, maybe it is "just a drop on a hot stone" from each of us, but a lot of drops make a stream, turning into a river ... together we are strong.

 

Become a Guardian of the water to keep the beauty of our nature.



Ines Walch
Tyrol, 23.03.2017

Photo: Jens Klatt/Adidas

Photo: Jens Klatt/Adidas

Photo: Alex Arnold

Shirlie ROSS RODEN, England

"How can the spirit of the Earth like the white man? Everywhere the white man has touched it, it is sore”.

These words of a Native American Indian wiseman are as relevant today as they where when they were spoken back in the 1800s.

And we still aren't listening.

Tim Sikyea, Medicine Man of the Dog Rib Tribe in the North West territories of Canada, came to Europe in the 1990s to teach the native Indian wisdom. Every year, Tim facilitates the Earth Dance which he has personally created in order to honour Mother Earth.

Men and women choose to join together and go without food and water for four days and nights, to ritually dance within a sacred circle of thousands of tobacco prayers in the heat of the August sun, so that they may honour Mother Earth and thank her for all the gifts she unconditionally gives us.

Only when you go without water can you truly understand the healing, revitalizing and incredible power it has, and only then will you never ever take pure water for granted again. As the native Indians say: ”Without it, we are dust".

I now bless water, every time I turn on a tap and drink it, take a shower, swim in a river, lake or sea, or stand in the pouring rain. Water is our friend and we human beings should return that friendship by simply taking care of this precious commodity ... in every single way, every single day, every single drop.

Be grateful for the water in your part of the world. Honour it, care for it, conserve it, bless it. In the end, water provides the difference for us between being alive - or being a pile of dust.

Become a Guardian of the Water, and give the generations yet to come the chance to drink its sweetness and bathe in its crystal purity.

The choice is yours. The time is now.
If you listen, you will hear the water speak: "Save me":
Will you help?

Shirlie Roden
London, 23.03.2012

Thedy BRAENDLI, Switzerland

Hi, my name is Thedy Braendli and I live in Medeglia/Ticino in Switzerland. 

My job permits me to be in the mountains almost every day. The water of the Mediterranean sea is almost always under my feet, in the form of snow and ice.

In my short life I have witnessed the disappearing of our Glaciers in a drastic way.
I am forty now, but where we used to ski in summer twenty-five years ago, now there are only rocks left.
Some glaciers have lost more than one kilometre of length, but if you consider that an ice-field of thirty to forty metres of thickness has disappeared in only these few years, then what is going to be left in fifty years time?

If things continue like this, we will have big problems with permafrost ... mountains falling apart! Our water sources are slowly drying up.

Can you imagine the Alps, dry like a desert? The situation is worse every year, the temperatures are getting higher every summer and winds stronger and more often. Please note that twenty-five years ago, the Peak in the photo on the right (round and black) was almost covered with the glacier.

I climbed up with my father who died this spring, and we walked on snow and ice to the top. Now there is almost no more ice left. Like this mountain, there are many more experiencing the same situation.

We are all part of this circle, not only the people that live at the Mediterranean sea. Let's do something together for us and for our future.



Thedy Braendli
St. Moritz, 20.01.2012

Ernst BROMEIS - Camichel, Switzerland

For me, every lake has its own soul. I always feel respect for the water.


"Before I get into the water, I always have confidence and build a relationship with my element ... Swimming is not fighting. On the contrary. You can do nothing by force, because the water is always stronger."


In 2008 I swam through 200 cold lakes in the Grisons in the Alps. The water was sometimes 2-3 degrees cold. In 2010 I swam through the largest lakes of Switzerland, like Lake of Geneva, Bodensee and Lago Maggiore. A total of 300 km swimming in one month.

In 2012 I swam the whole Rhine from the source to its estuary in Rotterdam in the North Sea. Almost 1200 km.


It's the only way for me to unite with water. To be a part of water.

I want to show people the beauty of the water and tell them:
water is limited and not available "a discretion"! 

 

Water and rivers like the Rhine are also fragile and we have to be careful with this main resource. Water is a human right - all must have access to safe drinking water. We all must learn whether old or young, that we have to divide the resources.

Without water there is no life - so simple and dramatic!

Follow Ernst on his expeditions on:
www.dasblauewunder.ch

Watch his amazing video on YouTube:

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