There has been an exponential increase in CO2 emissions over the last century. This increase has contributed to warming in the atmosphere, which causes an increase in severe weather events, such as droughts, floods, and storms, which in turn causes food, water, and shelter insecurity for people, as well as the destruction of ecosystems and plant and animal species. In conflict areas, climate change is recognized as a “threat multiplier.”
AMSSND Province Water Committee
At the General Chapter of 2012, the School Sisters of Notre Dame 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 commitments, one of them is our water commitment. The Atlantic-Midwest Province is committed to the goal of universal access to clean water.
As part of that commitment, our province engages in education and advocacy efforts regarding the spirituality and vitality of water around the world and how to protect it. We advocate changes such as the elimination of bottled water, straws, and other plastics that pollute the earth's water and the life depending upon it. We also support and learn from projects that provide life-giving access to water through our Water Initiative in Haiti.
The Water Initiative provides water in rural homes in Haiti. Last year, AMSSND and its network of benefactors, sisters, and associates partnered with Beyond Borders to provide 29 additional families with rainwater catchment systems. To date, we have provided 125 water catchment systems and increased access to water to families in the remote and drought-prone island of Lagonav, Haiti. With access to water, they are able to grow nutritious vegetables, pay for children’s schooling and other needs, and reduce the hours traditionally spent by women and girls fetching water at distant rivers or wells. Click here to read our 2019 report and learn how this initiative has impacted specific families in Haiti.
In the coming year, we hope to support help 100 more families’ access to life-giving water. Each rain catchment system will cost approximately $350 each per household.
Follow this link to learn more about Water, Global Warming, and Climate Change
More information about our commitment to water:
Laudato Si - Click here to Download Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment and human ecology
For the text of Laudato Si click here
For a summary of Laudato Si click here
What you can do:
- Consider how your food impacts water use
- Assess your personal water use
- Watch "The Story of Bottled Water"
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