Sedona, Arizona
October 21, 2007



The  Movie

First U.S. screening in Sedona on October 27  

WATER – The Movie is an award-winning documentary produced by a Russian film crew that goes far beyond What the Bleep, The Secret and An Inconvenient Truth.

It will be presented for the first time in the U.S. on Saturday, October 27, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Creative Life Center in Sedona. Tickets are just $10 at the door on the day of the screening.


Featuring Masaru Emoto, author of Water Knows the Answer and The Messages of Water, it also involves many different scientists, from quantum biophysicists and water researchers to biochemists and ecologists from around the world, such as Nobel Laureate Kurt Vyutrikh.


The movie will not only change how you look at water, but it will inspire and change the way you look at the world and life in general.

Loaded with high-end special effects and artistically produced to appeal to all ages, it offers profound insights that can benefit every individual on the planet.





7 to 9 p.m.

Sedona Creative Life Center

333 Schnebly Hill Rd.

$10 at the door


Created by award-winning Russian film producer Medvedeva Saida Saidovna, Water – The Movie is deeply touching and informative in both a scientific and spiritual manner.


The Sedona-based V.O.I.C.E Entertainment serves as the film's agent for presenting public screenings in the U.S. In addition, they produce documentary films on spiritual subjects.

James Law, the group’s executive producer, said: "This movie should be in every home, not just in the U.S., but every home around the world. It will inspire everyone who sees it.

"At times, you will feel tears flowing, as you will gain a sense of hope for humanity in that we, as humans, have the ability to alter our reality. For those who need something tangible, this is now proven with science.”


For more information, call (928) 451-0321 or visit www.voiceentertainment.net.




Andy Laurenzi, program director and senior policy analyst for the Tucson--based Sonoran Institute, made a presentation this month — "Sustainable Water Management: Guidelines for Meeting the Needs of People and Nature in the Arid West" — to the Citizens Water Advocacy Group (CWAG) in Prescott earlier this month.

Laurenzi's presentation is based on a report published by the Sonoran Institute in March that explores the relationship of groundwater and surface water to rivers and stream and proposes a framework for sustainable water management.

The institute also takes an in-depth look at Arizona, applying a sustainable water management framework to three case studies: the San Pedro, Santa Cruz and Verde rivers. It then recommends water policies to meet the needs of people and nature.

As a nonprofit organization, its mission is to inspire and enable community decisions and public policies that respect the land and people of western North America.

Through civil dialogue, collaboration, and applied knowledge, we work toward a shared community vision of lasting conservation and prosperity.

Everyone is welcome to attend CWAG meetings.

For more information about the upcoming programs, call 928-445-4218 or e-mail info@cwaqaz.org. Visit the Web site at www.cwagaz.org.

True Leadership

Congratulations to Al Gore and the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for winning the Nobel Peace Prize on October 13. 

The Sedona Observer champions Gore for donating all of the proceeds from the award to the Alliance for Climate Protection, a nonprofit group dedicated to changing public opinion about the urgency of global warming.


Make the Connection with

Sustainable Living


Working together as a community

to find greater balance

by John Neville, Sustainable Arizona

Dawn crests over the mountain ridge as you hike silently to your favorite spot, a perch where you can see the glorious sights around you but remain invisible from other hikers. You position yourself to meditate while the emerging rays paint the rocks a golden hue and the trees glisten with their own energy.

As you embrace the view, it suddenly feels as if your spirit leaves your body and becomes a part of everything around you. Then, just as quickly, you are back inside your own skin, sitting on a stone and contemplating what just happened.

What occurred was a transcendental experience – leaving this “mortal coil” to join with all that is the universe and becoming one with creation. This awe-inspiring event may last for only an instant but leaves its impact for a lifetime.

A global vision

If you are fortunate enough to have experienced such a transformation, you hold a vision of the world as it truly is, where everything is connected. Martin Luther King, Jr., said: “We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny…”

His reflection embraces the core tenet of sustainability: understanding that humans are not the masters of the Earth. Instead, we are part of and connected to everything that exists. Once we comprehend this basic concept, all that we do to pursue sustainability becomes almost self-serving and, consequently, Earth-serving.

On the brink

Why do we need to be concerned with sustainability? Scientists, economists and sociologists all agree on one irrefutable fact: that we have been sowing the seeds of our own extinction. Many also believe that unless we take immediate corrective actions, humanity is headed for global catastrophe.

According to the World Resources Institute, at least 3.5 billion people – more than half of the world’s current population – will suffer from the consequences of severe water shortages by 2025. As the population steadily increases, fisheries and agricultural productivity will also decline.

Global heating threatens to raise sea levels and dry up water resources on every continent. It also spawns highly variable weather: devastating storms, snows in the South, heat waves in the North and the paradoxical possibility of a new Ice Age.

Economic disparity continues to grow worldwide. Today, a few hundred billionaires control more wealth than all the people in the 45 poorest countries. Political upheaval, religious fanaticism and ongoing conflicts destroy local economies, the environment, individual lives and entire communities. While they don’t represent new phenomena, technology renders them global in their impacts.

Making it last

Sustainability itself generates much controversy and misunderstanding, politicized primarily by those who feel threatened by its concepts or fail to comprehend its principles.

Simply put, it means the ability to last, to continue existing in one’s chosen state.

To be sustainable, we must appreciate the conditions in which we live and limit the demands our lives make on those states. To create sustainability, we must take only what we need and preserve resources for future generations so that they too may thrive.

We must work together to create strong economies, healthy communities and a preserved natural environment. We must ask ourselves questions: Are we living with the carrying capacity of the Earth? Do we take only what the Earth can continually provide? Are we contributing positively to our communities and the natural environment?

The answers to these questions determine what kind of future those who follow us will inherit.




Lessons from nature

All life thrives within a “closed system.” The seeds for new life come from existing resources. Plants, animals, insects and humans gather their food and water from what nature generates. At the end of each life, everything must cycle back to the Earth to sustain the future.

The Cycle of Life links everything together. We depend on each other and on all living things for our survival. Thought we know that we need a healthy natural environment and an ongoing Cycle of Life for sustainability, humans are the only species that actively work to break it.

To build our modern societies, we wantonly take resources out of the natural environment, use them and then casually dispose of them, generating waste and pollution.

This disrespect for our environment depletes resources, destroys natural habitats and, consequently, threatens our own existence.

Natural harmony

In nature, organisms strive for homeostasis or balance within their ecosystems. Take the time to observe a tree, a stream or any small natural area. You’ll find it rich and brimming with life. Even a desert, which on the surface appears to be barren, teems with a multitude of flora and fauna.

Within any ecosystem you can see the interdependency of life in action. Complementary plants grow within the same area, balancing and aiding each other to share and exchange water and minerals from the soil. Insects, birds and animals find food and shelter among these thriving plants.

This connectedness produces no waste, and everything serves as food for something else.

Within this system there exists a natural harmony that continues to grow, flourish and renew until external forces upset the balance. Then, each system, together with its living components, works to regain that equilibrium.

Humans, too, must strive for this harmony to become sustainable.

We need to rethink holistically and work collectively to find the balance within ourselves, our families, our economy, our communities and the natural environment.

Economic balance

Notice that the word “economy” has the Greek root word eco, which means “home” or “where we live.” Economy requires that we manage our habitat and make thoughtful use of resources to sustain all life. Our society, however, considers economy only in terms of dollars and capital. This limited view does not accurately define or measure it.

To gain balance with our economy, we must measure progress differently. How do we know when it is getting better? Certainly it is not by the gross domestic product or any other financial indicator that only tracks the flow of dollars. We comprehend it by observable improvements in the quality of our lives.

Does every child have access to a good education and is he or she succeeding? Are people earning livable wages? Do we provide food as well as affordable housing and health care for all? Are we breathing clean and safe air? Do we care for the elderly and infirm? Is the water abundant and safe to drink? Are communities free from crime? Does peace reign in all countries? Are more people working with less energy and materials to create more value to society?

Fabulous economic opportunities exist in each of these questions. When the answer to them is affirmative, we can begin to produce an equitable economy.

Connecting, engaging, supporting

Strengthening our communities begins with understanding our connections to each other. We have more similarities than differences. This commonality allows us to celebrate our diversity in ways that enrich all lives. Sharing a “single garment of destiny” can lead us to overcome old antagonism and work for the benefit of all.

Creating healthy, balanced communities requires engagement. Together, as good neighbors, we can conceive a collective vision and develop the will to achieve it.

We must be involved with others on various levels in our society, depending upon our interests and our talents. Some of us may be great at arranging neighborhood gatherings. Others volunteer at the local school or civic group. There are the natural politicians among us who want to represent us at the town council. We can all become informed by studying the issues and voting.


Restoring and preserving our natural environment is fundamental to sustainability. By learning the lessons of nature, we can closely integrate ourselves in the Cycle of Life where everything contributes to the whole and nothing is wasted.

Practice simple things. Eat locally produced food; fruits, vegetables and grains require less from the Earth than processed edibles. Take shorter showers. Walk or bike instead of using your vehicle. Form carpools or use public transportation. Become knowledgeable about ways to conserve and lead simpler, more rewarding lives.

Staying connected

Modern life has disengaged us from our communities and the natural world. We have the opportunity and responsibility to reconnect with people and nature for our own and everyone’s well-being. Each of us can do a part, and as we do, the whole becomes stronger and more vibrant.

Take the time to make meaningful contact with those around you. Support those in need. Share your feelings about our planet’s pressing issues and your dreams for tomorrow. Contribute your talents and good works to the true economy that benefits all.

Natural harmony

The Tao Te Ching aptly reminds us: If people do not revere the law of nature, it will adversely affect them. If they accept it with knowledge and reverence, it will accommodate them with balance and harmony.

Go to nature and learn from it. Find that special place for yourself where you can transcend to become one with everything around you. There you can make the connection and awaken within yourself the power of your sustainable spirit. 

John Neville is a longtime sustainable development consultant who currently serves as president of Sustainable Arizona (www.SustainableArizona.org) in Sedona. Read more about him on the WHO page. E-mail jneville@SustainableArizona.org.




"Green" groups gather to form a new alliance for local environment


Designed to unite all environmental organizations under one umbrella for the purpose of designating Sedona as a model "green" city, members of the new Sedona Environmental Alliance recently gathered to build momentum for this new grass-roots environmental movement.

According to a press release, the SEA evolved after city officials suggested that currently existing environmental groups collaborate in "making Sedona a 'green' model" so that everyone could participate. The alliance was also created to establish a "unified front" and bring all community expertise to the table. 

Several local environmental groups including Keep Sedona Beautiful, Institute of Ecotourism, Sustainable Arizona, Sedona Recycles, Green Sedona, Gardens for Humanity, Green Works and many others met at the Sedona Public Library on August 29 under the initiative of Matthew Turner, founder of Green Sedona, to launch the new alliance.

These organizations teamed up to form committees that will conduct research on various environmental issues. The committees plan to present their findings and recommendations to other alliance members during their next meeting and eventually before the Sedona City Council to “Make Sedona a Green Model City.” 

Sedona City Councilman Rob Adams attended the meeting. According to the release, he will participate in future alliance meetings to serve as a liaison between the city and all the environmental organizations.

The SEA set the following mission:

To work with the city of Sedona and other environmental organizations within Sedona and around the world to make Sedona a Model of Environmental Sustainability for the world. To work with the public in Sedona and around the world to —

  • promote and implement environmental educational programs;
  • promote environmental sustainability in all aspects of the environment including solar, wind, alternative energy sources;
  • promote natural cleaning, personal care products, cosmetics and pest control, use of energy-efficient appliances, lighting and native planting; and
  • work with business to become more 'green' or environmental.

Our goal is to help create a network of Green Sister Cities around the world sharing the best wisdom.

The alliance also created the following committees:

  • Transportation (alternatively fueled cars, electric cars, bike lanes, public transportation)
  • Alternative Power (solar energy)
  • Chemical Usage (pesticides, herbicides, cleaning chemicals – effects and alternatives)
  • Recycling (reusable bags, restaurants)
  • Water Quality
  • Green Building
  • Successful Green Cities (The best that has been achieved in all areas and what we can learn from them)
  • Education
  • Grants and Funding
  • Air Quality (Burning of the forests, auto emissions)

The alliance seeks new members to serve on any of the committees, especially those with expertise in the specifically related areas. E-mail the alliance at info@greensedona.org.

The Sedona Environmental Alliance conducts its monthly meetings on Sunday afternoons at the Sedona Public Library. Everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information, visit the Web site at www.greensedona.org.









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