Last Sunday was the third time, I attended the Nobel Week Dialogue. This event happens every year, on the 9th of December, one year in Stockholm, another year – in Gothenburg. I highly recommend to anyone who will have an opportunity to join the next year’s event in Gothenburg to do so. This time we heard the opinions of the Nobel laureates, policy makers, social activists, and scientists on the topic “Water Matters. Every drop is precious”.
During the event I took lots of notes, wrote comments, took pictures, to be able to write a comprehensive review of the event. However, when it came to the actual writing, I realized, that the best thing I could share with you is my personal experience. You can watch all the sessions on the web page of the Nobel Week Dialogue. You can read about the climate roadmap and the actions, that have to be taken, here. Therefore, I would like to write about my personal impressions, why water matters to me, and why I do care about the changes on the planet.
Water matters. Air matters. Soil matters.
During the Nobel Week Dialogue, a performance session is one of the most interesting parts of the event and usually happens after the lunch break. This year the organizers invited Marina Abramović, a world-known performance artist. So, before we entered the room after the break, we received a glass with clean and still water. The assistants asked us not to drink it right away, but to wait until the performance. The session began. Marina started with an introduction about the role of water in our lives and her art, told us about the app “Rising”, that helps us to control our water consumption.
Then the magic happened. The beauty of her presentation was in the involvement of the public so everyone could become a part of the performance. Marina asked the audience to close their eyes, take twelve deep breaths and hold a glass of water with both hands. I slowly started drinking the water, sip by sip, feeling the taste of it, following my senses, trying to perceive the water flow in the body. I have never drunk water like this before, being fully conscious, what a precious gift it is. Clean water. The gift that can become a reason for the future war conflicts. The gift, that the Earth gave to us, and we forgot the real price of it. Like we forgot how precious clean air and clean soil without the pesticides is.
Clean water. The gift that can become a reason for the future war conflicts. The gift, that the Earth gave to us, and we forgot the real price of it.
Then Marina asked to drink the last sip and open the eyes. It was a truly great performance. It was powerful and beautiful. Like the water can be.
In the end, she gave us several pieces of advice about the reduction of water consumption. According to Marina, as an individual, you can’t completely stop or reverse the damage to the environment. However, you can start helping the planet today by following these simple steps:
- reduce the waste you create
- conserve the energy
- be kind and respectful to all life forms
- encourage others to conserve the natural resources
- contemplate only three minutes every day to the well-being of the Earth
It was a truly great performance. It was powerful and beautiful. Like the water can be.
Since ancient times, the end of December is a time of winter solstice, that has been an important day for many civilizations. It was a turning point to perceivable change when the planet was turning to the Sun and the day was becoming longer. Many of us will go on vacation, will celebrate Christmas and New Year, and will meet their families. I think it is a great moment to re-evaluate our lifestyles, share the knowledge with our closest people, and think about the planet. Water matters. Air matters. Soil matters. When we experience the lack of these with no doubt the most important things in our lives, we really begin to value them. Let’s not wait until it is too late.