March 22 is World Water Day

Water is the foundation of life on Earth. No life is possible without water. Through the water cycle of evaporation, condensation, precipitation, runoff, and storage in the rivers, lakes, oceans and the ground God has designed a mechanism to support life at all levels. This water has been made freely available to us. But we have wasted it, polluted it, and restricted access by selling it for profit in plastic bottles. Although the oceans cover more than 70% of this ‘water planet’, only a tiny fraction is not too salty to drink, and most of that is tied up in ice sheets near the poles. With increasing and careless use, many regions are suffering from the lack of drinkable water. In spite of many lakes, Canadians have experienced this and more will as climate change disrupts the water cycle through melting glaciers and changing precipitation patterns. 

On World Water Day (22 March) Water For All, let us give thanks to God for the gift of water. Let us ask for forgiveness of our mistreatment of this life-giving gift, stop wasting and polluting it, and recommit ourselves to support free access to this foundation of life as a human right. Message from your Diocesan Green Group.