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Third Week of Lent | Additional Resources

Steps Continued - Water

Sacred Water

Our Lenten practice this week is to conserve and protect the sacred gift of water.

Water Footprint 

Calculate your water footprint at www.waterfootprint.org. Learn how much water it takes to produce an apple, a pound of chicken or a microchip.

Calculate the water footprint of your food. 

 Privatization of Water

Fortune magazine says that water is “the oil of the 21st century.” This has triggered a movement by private companies to take over the work of water sanitation and distribution for profit. Learn more about the privatization of water which has reduced the accessibility and affordability of water for millions of people. 

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s water. The movie “The Water Front”  is the story of one community's determination to fight the seemingly inevitable path of water privatization. Maude Barlow summarizes the situation.   

Watch “Flow,” an award-winning documentary about how the world’s dwindling fresh water supply is being taken over and privatized by corporations. It also looks at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies. (83 minutes) 

Water Poverty

3.5 million people die each year from water-related disease. Creating accessible, safe water supplies in developing countries liberates people to live healthier, fuller, more productive lives. Learn more at www.water.org.
Water Poverty. "End Water Poverty" is an international campaign to end the global injustice that causes millions to live without access to clean water and adequate sanitation. Go to: www.endwaterpoverty.org.

Water Conservation

In partnership with the EPA, WaterSense offers advice on how to save water with efficient appliances and protect the environment by choosing water efficient products in your home and business. Learn how to take simple steps to save water each day. 

Watch a 3-minute video on the importance of water conservation.

Water Facts

Take the Water Quiz 

For more info on water policies and regular updates on a plethora of water issues please sign up for the mailing list.

The American Museum of Natural History website has interactive learning, water facts and videos. 

Imagine if the Earth were divided equally among all of us. Each person would receive 4.5 acres. Now imagine that everything you need – food, energy, home, clothing, gadgets – must come from those 4.5 acres. But it takes 22.3 acres to maintain the average American lifestyle.There is a new way of observing Lent that helps us care for God’s creation by taking steps toward using only our fair share of its resources. Moving in the direction of 4.5 is essential for anyone walking in the footsteps of Jesus today.

Our Ministry

Lent 4.5 is a seven-week faith formation program which inspires and informs Christian communities on how to use the traditional Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to protect God’s creation, embrace Gospel justice and nurture spiritual fulfillment. It offers practical opportunities for people of faith to apply the values of Christian Simplicity to their everyday lives.


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