“We have to make
our occupations holy.
We do this by seeking
God in them.”

St. Vincent de Paul

 

 

OPJCC Priority Issue: Water Issues

Water is a precious and sacred gift that we so often take for granted! We turn on the faucet and instantly we are blessed with clean water for drinking or washing dishes. Actions like taking a shower, flushing the toilet, using the hose to wash the car or water our garden are ones that we do many times without appreciating how fortunate we are.

United Nations, Water:
www.un.org/en/

Water is at the core of sustainable development and is critical for socio-economic development, energy and food production, healthy ecosystems and for human survival itself. Water is also at the heart of adaptation to climate change, serving as the crucial link between the society and the environment.

Water is also a rights issue. As the global population grows, there is an increasing need to balance all of the competing commercial demands on water resources so that communities have enough for their needs. In particular, women and girls must have access to clean, private sanitation facilities to manage menstruation and maternity in dignity and safety.

At the human level, water cannot be seen in isolation from sanitation. Together, they are vital for reducing the global burden of disease and improving the health, education and economic productivity of populations.

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Sharing Our Love of the Earth

The Laudato Si’ Action Platform invites us to become a community of participatory action and advocacy, for the Earth and the poor. Did you know that the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati have 14 people from other countries working at Mother Margaret Hall? In order to learn more about them, the countries they come from and how climate change is affecting their home countries, Sisters Jean Miller and Mary Ann Humbert are interviewing them. In this video we hear from Felicia, originally from Nigeria.