Water is a gift from God for the sustanance of all life. Jesus once described himself as living water, and the Bible refers to the word "water" over 500 times. Safe drinking water is rapidly depleting as we continue to exhaust supplies and contaminate groundwater. Large numbers of people around the globe have no access to water and lack adequate means of sanitation. Bottled water, which is often not any safer or cleaner than tap water, can deplete local aquifers. The substantial amounts of energy required to make and ship the bottles contributes to climate change. Water pollution in God's lakes, rivers, streams, and oceans continues to be a problem for all of God's Creation--both human and nonhuman.
About Our Work
The Eco-Justice Program is working with a diverse group of partners to protect both Bristol and Chesapeake Bays. We have developed resources and are giving presentations to teach congregations practical ways to care for the Chesapeake by installing rain gardens or rain barrels, improving the energy efficiency of your church buildings, or conserving water. We work for the sustainability of the both the subsistence hunting in native communities and commercial salmon fishing in Bristol Bay.
Click here to see what steps your community can take to conserve water and prevent pollution. Get information and read about the important work being done by other organizations that support clean water practices; then put these ideas into action in your home congregation and community.
Click here for links to many education, prayer, and policy resources. Learn about world water policies our sacred oceans, and the future of clean water in our most fragile places. Check out the two locations Eco-justice has focused our effort and learn more about them; Bristol Bay and Chesapeake Bay (see links below).
Save the Bristol Bay in Alaska.
Do you eat salmon? Chances are you have tried wild Alaskan salmon from the Bristol Bay. Click here to learn about the treasures of this Bay and how they are under threat.
Do you live in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed?
If you live in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, Washington D.C., or parts of New York and Pennsylvania, you can help save the Chesapeake. Click here water conservation tips Christian education resources and how your congregation can get involved too!
For More Information Contact:
Eco-Justice Program Office National Council of Churches
110 Maryland Ave., NE
Washington, DC 20002