Realisation: All Water is in Jeopardy
“Thank God we’re surrounded by water”, is a refrain in a song we sing in Newfoundland and Labrador, the tenth province of Canada. And we are indeed surrounded by water, since we are an island jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean on the east coast.
Living in such a magical place where water runs freely in thousands of ponds, lakes, rivers, and our spectacular ocean, we are the first to admit that we often take our crystal clear water for granted. It’s quality and quantity seem unending. However, of late we have begun to realize that all water is in jeopardy.
The Mercy Associates of Creedon Circle in St. John’s participated in the MIRP world wide initiative. Our members are an eclectic group of strong, independent, smart and kind, prayerful women who took to our project on water with enthusiasm. We read the literature and shared our reactions. Much of what we discussed reinforced our notion of “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor”. However, we acknowledged that we were learning new concepts as well.
Our dialogue on water left us shocked when we realized the implications of our use of plastic bottles of water for instance, which advertisers had convinced us was an activity good for us and our health, while making no mention of the damage to our beautiful earth. We felt we had been led astray!
Time has passed since our involvement in the MIRP initiative, however the impressions left on us are ongoing. Our daily lives have been adjusted in line with the ideas we formulated about water and the knowledge that each one of us can make a difference in how water is treasured and respected. Water is a gift from God and as such we now endeavor to treat it as such.
Many of us have signs on our fridges that plastic bottles of water are not welcome in our homes. This seemingly small gesture has had an impact on all visitors to our homes, let alone on our young family members. We don’t need to lecture anyone, just show by example. The tap is now used regularly.
We no longer fill our kettles when we want to boil water for one cup of tea. No wasting of water in our kitchens! Or indeed, in our bathrooms as showers are shorter and the run off is often used for other chores.
While these and other changes in our activites may seem small to some readers, we maintain that a respectful and mindful approach has infiltrated our lives with regard to the use of water. We are ever hopeful that we are doing our part in acknowledging the importance of water for both the Earth and the Poor.
Creedon Circle thanks the Sisters of Mercy for inviting us to participate in the MIRP initiative and for providing us with the opportunity to see how all our choices impact this wonderful world.
Messages to: Tomi Cleal