PaRD member World Council of Churches hosts an online event on World Water Day 2021 on Spiritual and Ethical Values of Water on 22 March 2021, 15.00 – 16.30 CET.
On March 22 all over the world people observe World Water Day. This year’s theme is Valuing Water. Water means different things to different people. Unfortunately, in today’s market driven trend, the economic value of water supersedes the spiritual and ethical values of water. As church and faith-based organisations, it is our moral imperative to ensure that water for life gets the priority over water for profit.
Recently water was listed on the wall streets for the future water market as a tradable commodity, like oil and gold. Those who has the money can buy the water and control the access and tariff. This can jeopardise the human right to water from the poor, marginalised and vulnerable communities, including the smallholding farmers.
To explore this issue deeper WCC Ecumenical Water Network is organizing a joint event with the office of the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Right to Water and Sanitation, Prof. Pedro Arrojo-Agudo.
Various faith representatives will share, what does water mean to them according to their religion? Several pressing questions related to water for life, including the following will be dealt with:
How can we attribute price to a priceless resource, such as water? The spiritual and ethical arguments to prevent such a move.
How can we prioritise water usage that sustains life over commercial use of water for profit.
How can faith based organisations help protect water from speculative future markets A joint statement by faith communities on water for life with its spiritual and ethical significance will be issued along with the office of the UN Special Rapporteur, as an outcome of the event.