Tuesday, March 23, 2010
World Water Day
It looks as though I will attend a conference in June on the theme of water. The leaders will include religious leaders who will ponder water as a spiritual theme and a justice issue, along with people with a scientific focus on the diminishing availability of fresh water. I am excited about the people who lead, including Larry Rasmussen, and musician Marty Haugen. But the setting will be as important as the leadership team. This is offered at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, an extremely arid place in the high desert, although the incredible rock formations were shaped by water millenia ago. Water is a precious commodity in desert regions and in the United States it is rationed and traded. Most lakes, including the one pictured above near Ghost Ranch are actually human-created reservoirs.
Yesterday was World Water Day and we had reminders about how precious water is around the world.While this appears to be a watery planet, approximately 1.1 billion people do not have access to clean water. Thousands die every year because of the diseases transmitted through dirty drinking water. http://www.worldwaterday.org/
When I walk along the shore of Lake Ontario, I am aware that I wouldn't dip a cup into the water for a drink. Even in this land of lakes and rivers there aren't many places left where the water is pristine.
Do you think we take our abundant somewhat fresh water for granted in Canada? Do you feel there is a spiritual quality to water?