200 pray to heal our waterways

Posted at 2:11 PM, Aug 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-15 17:24:24-04

A peaceful protest in Delray Beach this morning called on everyone, including our local lawmakers, to heal our waterways and clean up the algae for good.

As nearly 200 people prayed by the waterfront, Native American elders led a ceremony to stop the algae crisis.

“We live in a place where it may not be safe for our children to go in the water,” said Kristin Bauer, the president of the Sacred Water Tribe, the group that organized the event. 

Bauer believes cleaning our waterways begins with each and every one of us and how we treat the water.

“We can't wait for politicians, we can't wait for government, we can't wait for scientists to fix what's going on in our water,” said Bauer.

The rally centered around an altar of the four elements made of flowers and shells. Honoring the water in the middle is what it was all about.

“Create for yourself more understanding about your relationship with water,” said Bauer.

Adam Ingham is worried about the long-term effects of the algae. ”With the damage that the algae is causing for me and for many others, it causes a great deal of anger and frustration,” said Ingham.

Johana Perez came from Miami. She’s praying for the waters of Lake Okeechobee.

“For sure with the energy and change of molecules, the energy we ourselves are putting out there it's totally possible to do anything,” said Perez.

The ceremony is held the first Saturday of every month. The next one will be September 3 at the south end of Delray Beach.