Justice and Peace Issues
World Water Day March 22
The theme for World Water Day 2020 is WATER AND CLIMATE CHANGE. The two are inextricably linked. Adapting to the water effects of climate change will protect health and save lives. Using water more efficiently will reduce greenhouse gases.We cannot afford to wait. Everyone has a role to play. To learn what others are doing, find resources and ways to act in real life, Visit World Water Day
What you can do:
• Learn about the sacred role of water for all life
Americans buy and consume large amounts of bottled water each day.This article from Food and Water Watch offers information about tap water vs. bottled water.
The UN’s #ActNow Campaign promotes the following changes to address water scarcity:
• Take five-minute showers: Water scarcity affects four out of ten people. 80% of wastewater is never treated so taking shorter showers is an important step to wasting less water.
• Don’t throw away edible food: 1/3 of food grown globally is lost or goes to waste. Agriculture is one of the largest water consumers, and reducing your food waste also reduces water waste.
• Turn off tech: 90% of power generation is water intensive. Power down devices when not in use and unplug chargers to prevent “vampire energy” use as they still use energy when plugged in.
• Shop sustainably: A typical pair of jeans takes 10,000 liters of water to produce, equal to what a person drinks in 10 years. Source your clothing from responsible companies or consider buying used clothing which reduces the consumption of water and other resources.
Calculate your water footprint at watercalculator.org.
Set aside time that day and regularly to keep informed about water issues around the world; share information with your school, church and local communities.
Visit the Justice Prayers for A Prayer for World Water Day