Going through the dial on the car radio recently, I happened upon an
interview on NPR about water. It was intriguing, so I kept listening to
this woman explain how critical the situation is in many parts of the
world where communities have no clean water, and therefore no
sanitation, which leads to all sorts of dire problems. Relief efforts
range from digging wells to laying pipes and building irrigation
systems and more, which several non-profit organizations are dedicated to doing. It’s easy to help, and hearing the stories makes you want to.

The bishops of Patagonia have made an appeal for that help. To the UN Secretary General, at the Copenhagen Summit on Climate Change.

“Conscious of the enormous responsibility of the
decisions of political authorities of all countries in regards to
social peace, the development of peoples, the present and the future of
history, climate change, energy, environment, and in particular water,”
the Bishops said they were “happy to live in Patagonia, a lush land
blessed by God,” which they want to “protect, care for, and respect.”
They then manifest their concern about the threats to Patagonia that
could seriously and irreversibly damage the nature and human life of
this “reserve life” of the planet.

So the bishops ask that summit adds the issue of fresh water to its agenda…

because fresh water is a vital element and source of life that can not be replaced.

They added… 

“it is a human right is the common heritage of mankind and can not be privatized nor commercialized.”

Therefore, they propose the establishment of a short-term World
Water Plan; promotion in all countries of the management of water
resources with the participation of the public sector, private sector,
community and institutions. The UN must finally become the promoter of
a culture of life, according to the theme proposed by Pope Benedict XVI
for the upcoming World Day for Peace on 1 January 2010: “If you
cultivate peace, keep creation.”

That says it all.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....