A fledgling coalition of religious groups is trying to show Americans that for too many people worldwide, clean drinking water isn’t as close as the kitchen tap. With more than 1 billion people in developing countries lacking readily available safe drinking water and 2.6 billion without access to sanitation, the faith community is stepping up efforts to push for clean and accessible water.
That effort was under way even as the United Nations painted a near-apocalyptic picture of global warming disasters with hundreds of millions running short of water and food. The second of four reports by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was issued April 6.
“There is a growing realization in most of the mainline churches and faith-based groups that the environment is part of God’s creation, and humans have a responsibility to sustain it,” said Dennis Warner, a water specialist at Baltimore-based Catholic Relief Services.