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In the World

Committed to Clean Water

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The School Sisters of Notre Dame 2012 general Chapter made a commitment “to live more simply and sustainably with one another and with all of creation.”

The Atlantic-Midwest Province responded with four concrete actions. One of them is to advocate for universal access to clean water.

The water we drink today has very probably been around in one form or another since dinosaurs lived on earth millions of years ago. The amount of available fresh water has remained fairly constant but the population has exploded. This results in a competition for clean water for drinking, cooking, bathing and sustaining life.

For some of us, water scarcity is an abstract concept but to others it is a stark reality. Due to geography, climate, engineering, regulation, and competition for resources, some regions seem relatively flush with freshwater, while others face drought and debilitating pollution. In much of the developing world, clean water is either hard to come by or a commodity that requires laborious work or significant currency to obtain.

According to the United Nations, water use has grown at more than twice the rate of population increase in the last century. By 2025, an estimated 1.8 billion people will live in areas plagued by water scarcity, with two-thirds of the world’s population living in water-stressed regions as a result of use, growth, and climate change. The challenge we now face is how to effectively conserve, manage and distribute the water we have.

Our sisters met with Margaret Swedish from the Center for New Creation to learn more about what we all can do to help the environment.

Check out the presentation below.

Margaret Swedish: Creating Concerned Citizens of the Planet Earth from SSND Atlantic Midwest on Vimeo.

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