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A Prayer For Our Earth

All-powerful God,

you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.

You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,

that we may protect life and beauty.

Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.

O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned
and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.

Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,

that we may sow beauty,

not pollution and destruction.

Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.

Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,

to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature

as we journey towards your infinite light.

We thank you for being with us each day.

Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle

for justice, love and peace.

(Pope Francis, 2015, Laudato Si)


Starts Tomorrow, January 1, 2019
~~On BBC 2~~

Mississippi, Amazon, Yangtze

Tune in Tuesday January 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 2019, at 21:00 on BBC 2 for BBC EARTH'S GREAT RIVERS program. Focusing on the Amazon, Yangtze, Mississippi. (Spoiler: You might see some familiar river-rat faces in the Mississippi Episode)

Click here for EARTH'S GREAT RIVERS Schedule


~~~ Regain the Balance ~~~

We raise our paddles in concert with the 200 world leaders who agreed to reduce global warming last week in Poland. And also to the Mississippi Mayors who made a bold statement in response to US Climate Report in November. The only way we will turn this around is when all of us join in together -- like a team of paddlers -- to regain the balance... For all peoples, all creatures, for the air, the water and the earth. This is an opening, a great opportunity to journey together. Now's the time. Let's do it.

Memphis Flyer
, Tues Nov 27, 2018

Mississippi Mayors Urge Action on Climate Report


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Quapaw Canoe Company: 1998 - 2018
Celebrating 20 years of expert guiding & outfitting in the wild places on the Lower Mississippi River with youth groups, canoe carving, voyageur canoe construction, church groups, families, team-building, full moon trips, artist retreats, Mark River Blog, bird watching, animal tracking, long distance expeditions, bear dance, cleanups, naturalist activities, yoga retreats, conservation, 1Mississippi River Citizen Program, documentation, exploration, and much, much more. Custom Guiding: call us, email us, and we'll put it together. We are dedicated to sharing and protecting the Wild Places on the Big River through human-powered craft.