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The River Wye: spiritual journeying
The Wye is a distinct riverscape, running diagonally east/west across most of the length of Wales. It can be claimed as the most unspoilt major river system in Britain. The world is awakening to the need for water conservation, management and control including the ending of pollution. Politically, water may be a link between peoples or an obstacle to their unity. In the past, the Wye has been a focus of conflict between Welsh and English, so it now makes a suitable focus for alleviating the ills water brings to people as well as reflecting our obligation to be water’s caretaker and cause it no further harm. The rights of nature need to be carefully balanced, calibrated, against human interests. In this context, river systems illustrate themes of the Earth Charter for reflection and dialogue between cultures. Environmental values are rarely about the environment alone. The implication is that each local culture will find different ways to express environmental values, depending upon cultural meanings and practices already in place. Environmental values, in other words, do not stand alone; they are often linked to spiritual values associated with family, community, economy, work and history. In this respect the Wye is an ideal model for spiritual journeying.

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    The River Wye: spiritual journeying

    The Wye is a distinct riverscape, running diagonally east/west across most of the length of Wales. It can be claimed as the most unspoilt major river system in Britain. The world is awakening to the need for water conservation, management and control including the ending of pollution. Politically, water may be a link between peoples or an obstacle to their unity. In the past, the Wye has been a focus of conflict between Welsh and English, so it now makes a suitable focus for alleviating the ills water brings to people as well as reflecting our obligation to be water’s caretaker and cause it no further harm. The rights of nature need to be carefully balanced, calibrated, against human interests. In this context, river systems illustrate themes of the Earth Charter for reflection and dialogue between cultures. Environmental values are rarely about the environment alone. The implication is that each local culture will find different ways to express environmental values, depending upon cultural meanings and practices already in place. Environmental values, in other words, do not stand alone; they are often linked to spiritual values associated with family, community, economy, work and history. In this respect the Wye is an ideal model for spiritual journeying.