Last month nearly 200 Waterkeeper programs from 17 different countries convened in La Paz, Mexico for the annual Waterkeeper conference. Our annual conference provides an opportunity for Waterkeepers from around the world to network with one another and to learn from the many successes and challenges each of us faces worldwide.
The format of the conference is very impressive – guest speakers present the entire week on topics from fund-raising to water quality litigation. As a result, the conference is a wonderful opportunity to learn from the best of the best. I made great use of my time by attending a number of presentations on pertinent issues impacting Charleston’s own waterways (i.e. cruise ships, boatyard pollution, stormwater runoff, and industrial polluters). I even took the initiative to give my own presentation, Create. Distribute. Engage. – a panel about creating captivating content (i.e. educational, entertaining, engaging, inspiring, etc.), distributing it to your community, and engaging with supporters to further your mission and cause.
Being amongst some of the most passionate, dedicated, and creative advocates in the world is a powerful thing. I am constantly reminded how lucky we are to be a part of the Waterkeeper Alliance! My time with other Waterkeepers is incredibly valuable and is something that will aid Charleston greatly in our dedicated fight to protect our own waterways.