Today is World Water Day!

Today you are invited to act for Climate Justice.

World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about taking action to tackle the water crisis. Today, 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio.

The Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015, include a target to ensure everyone has access to safe water by 2030, making water a key issue in the fight to eradicate extreme poverty.

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated March 22 as World Water Day. World Water Day is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with governments and partners. The 2017 theme is: “Why Waste Water?”

For a fact sheet, click on today’s theme: “Why Waste Water?”

In honor of World Water Day (March 22), you are invited to join people around the globe in celebrating the importance of water. We also bring awareness to the ways climate change is making water issues worse.

Due to our warming planet, water cycles and weather patterns are shifting, increasing the intensity and number of droughts, floods, and accelerating the rising of the sea.

We see this now across the world where heavy rains and floods have wrecked havoc, killing many people and displacing thousands.

Climate-induced water problems are also decreasing the access to clean water. Already 663 million people lack access to clean water.

That is 1 in every 10 people. Twice the number of people in the United States.

In our Christian tradition water is precious. We are received into the Church through the waters of baptism. Jesus speaks of being the source of Living Water.

So today on World Water Day we invite you to join us in our Lenten Fast for Climate Justice.

You can fast from food during at least one meal or an entire day. We also encourage doing a “Carbon Fast”, trying to avoid activities that produce carbon dioxide and other wastes (by reducing your use of fossil fuels, electricity, plastic, paper, and toxins). (See ideas from our friends the Green Anglicans here).

Remember to be careful and don’t compromise your health; everyone sacrifices in different ways based on their age, physical strengths, and limitations. As we fast, we will pray for our own ecological conversion and for bold action by our governments to address this water and climate crisis.

Thank you for joining us, In prayer and fasting,

Christina on behalf of GCCM

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