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World Water Day: Protect clean water

Water is life! Today, March 22, is World Water Day. We thank God for the precious gift of water and pray that all of humanity can work together to protect the human right to safe, clean water. 

Maryknoll Lay Missioner Flávio José Rocha writes from Brazil, where the poor quality of the water – due mainly to residential and industrial sewage contaminating rivers, lakes and nearby ocean waters – received international attention during the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Read Flávio's article and learn how you can take action to protect clean water.

The United Nations estimates that, right now, nearly 2 million people use a source of drinking water that is contaminated with sewage, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and polio. 

Flávio examines the lessons about water that Pope Francis offers in Laudato Si', and he shows us a way to take action:

Sign a petition from the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility to Perdue Chicken, one of the leading U.S. chicken processing companies, to urge them to monitor their water use and report publicly on water risks to local communities.

Click HERE to read Flávio's article. 

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