Thank you for committing to this 30 Day Christian Green Living Challenge with us! Each day as we step through our journey, I’ll share the challenge for the day then, depending on your green goals, I will share resources where you can learn more, dig deeper into the topic, or challenge yourself even more. We will do the challenge once *live* together, but you can participate anytime by joining in on the comments below and by using the hashtag #ChristianGreenLiving. So, when you’re ready, let’s Go Christian Green!
On day 2 of our challenge, we touched on the issue of clean, healthy water. Today we are going to look a little closer at water consumption and conservation.
In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, he devotes a full section to the issue of water. After making the point on the incredible importance of water, he expresses great concern about our over-consumption of water and how it is leading to shortages in large cities and says there is “drastic scarcity” and “water poverty” in places like Africa where drought leaves the people without drinking water or proper agriculture.
When we consider the issue of water, the Pope makes it very clear that those who have an abundance of water need to conserve, those who can afford to help others by funding and providing clean water to the poor MUST, and all who use water need to do it sustainably and with concern for keeping it safe.
How can we as Christians do our part?
Today’s Day 21 Challenge:
How is your water consumption? Does your family make effort to conserve water when possible? Do you avoid wasteful use of water? Do you appreciate the gift of water?
Let’s pray first to thank God for the gift of clean abundant water and then more fervently for those who suffer from water shortages and lack of clean drinking water. May God bless us with the innovation and resources to help others whenever and however possible.
Start with reading this post from my Laudato Si’ study series, “Understanding Pope Francis on the Issue of Water.” Consider the importance of water to people around the world then choose and commit to at least one way you can try to conserve more water for the rest of the challenge.
Please don’t forget to share! Comment below and/or use the hashtag #ChristianGreenLiving to share your water conservation challenges and successes!
- “100+ Ways to Conserve Water” from WaterUseItWisely.com
Here they deliver almost 200 ways to conserve water and a lot of other great information too.
- The Water Project
This New Hampshire based charity is bringing safe drinking water to the people of Africa to help solve water poverty. Visit their site for statistics, education, and resources.
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