A World Water Day Interfaith Observation

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Sunday, March 22 is World Water Day. Pixabay.

Sunday, March 22 is the 23rd anniversary of World Water Day. Observed annually with events and activities all over the globe, it was initially proposed in 1992 at the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly officially declared March 22 as “World Day for Water”. Promoting awareness and appreciation of the complex relationship humans share with this elegantly simple substance, World Water Day observers are encouraged to not use any water at all for the entire day.

Appreciating the Critical Role of Water

The critical role that water plays in sustainable development can hardly be overstated. Present and future environmental, economic, and social challenges may succeed or fail, based on our increasingly fragile relationship with water. Although water is easily taken for granted, the health of every creature on Earth revolves around its ability to access clean water. Every element of our global food supply is equally dependent upon clean, fresh water. Every form of habitation succeeds or fails, based on the presence of a sufficient water supply. Urbanization, industrialization, energy production, and all other dimensions of social and economic development, are all at the mercy of two atoms of hydrogen bonding with one atom of oxygen.

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2 atoms of hydrogen + 1 atom of oxygen = life

An Interfaith Roundup of EdenKeeper Articles on Water

Water has been an important topic for all of us here at EdenKeeper – readers and writers alike. We appreciate water from every angle, level, and perspective. Every religion, faith, and inspirational guide places immense value on the spiritual and physical blessing and miracle which we call water.

Offered below is a roundup of wonderful articles written over the past year, with special emphasis on water. A great way to appreciate water’s broad impact on our lives, the following articles are also perfect for observing World Water Day, 2015.

Native Ways and Wetlands Disappearing into the Sea

“The seas are rising and so are we,” chanted the tribal members of the United Houma Nation. The chant followed…
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Israel, Palestine, and the Jordan River Water Crisis

A visit to the holy land of Israel is a dream shared worldwide by Jews, Christians, and Muslims. The nightmare…
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Calif. Church Boasts Huge Rainwater Collection System

California is currently experiencing one of the worst droughts in recorded history. Significantly below-average winter precipitation, combined with record heat, is…
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For Muslims Water Is More Than a Life Necessity

We live in an increasingly thirsty world. Droughts are prevalent, water is contaminated, and populations are increasing. But Islam —…
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Meltdown In Tibet Exposes Ecological Damage In Tibet

Water is one of the most important commodities in the world. It is something we cannot live without, and…
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India’s Sacred Rivers: Purity and Pollution

Hinduism is an ancient and highly complex religion. Because it is practiced in so many varied ways by such a…
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We Are All Water-Keepers: KAIROS Watershed Discipleship

The KAIROS group in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan, have released a report looking at the threats to the local watershed, calling…
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Philippines Interfaith Dialogue on the “Earth in Peril”

In the Philippines, it is a safe guess to say, there are no climate deniers. One of the hallmarks of…
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Morocco Flood Aid Being Sought by Islamic Relief Organizations

According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), high sea temperatures, together with other climate factors, are contributing to exceptionally heavy…
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Protecting the Life of the Ocean

Pollution is an environmental issue that persists and causes concern to experts worried about climate change. Legislation…
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World Islam and Christian Relief Groups Join Hands

In 2013, 22 million people globally were displaced due to natural disasters. The problem is worsening these days, with roughly twice as…
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Ganges River Receives Help From Holy Men

The Ganges, or Ganga as it’s known in India, is considered a source of spiritual purification for devout Hindus. They…
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Huntington Beach Community Comes Together for Annual Celebration of Water

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in his essay “Nature” that in the American wilderness “The currents of the Universal Being circulate…
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Water’s Beauty in Nature and Islam

We find so many beautiful expressions of water in nature. At times entertaining to our senses, spraying fountains can refresh…
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About the Author

Aisha Abdelhamid (Birth-name Kathleen Vail) is a freelance lifestyle and environmental science writer currently living in Vancouver, BC. Her interests include environmental conservation, climate science, renewable energy, faith-based environmental activism, sustainable economics, corporate social responsibility, creative lifestyles, and healthy living.