By Jon Hirst with Randy Rosso
CBS 60 Minutes “Depleting the Water” aired last night on how the earth’s groundwater is being pumped out and used much faster than it can be replenished.
The facts are pretty frightening, and the projections are even more unsettling. In the video they said, “Water is the new oil.” That means that water rights and usage will be highly competitive, expensive, and will cause conflict.
Last March for World Water Day, we released a Missiographic about water usage, our poor stewardship of it globally, and a call to action. Check it out below.
Some facts that stand out in our infographic include:
- 1.1 billion people have NO access to clean water…
- Every 20 seconds a child dies from a water borne illness…
- 2 million tons of industrial and agricultural wastes are poured into the earth’s water sources every day…
- It takes 15 thousand Liters of water to produce 1 kilogram of beef
When looking at the map, almost half of the world is going to be under some sort of stress by 2050. And some parts of the world are going to be in really big trouble at the current rate of water usage.
So what do we do about it?
We all must start preparing and planning for when water resources get to dangerously low levels. That means preparing the Global Church as well.
As the body of Christ, we have an amazing opportunity in the midst of this situation to really shine the light of Jesus. Instead of being selfish with our resources, we should be sharing and finding ways to give to people who need it. Because there are going to be a lot more people who are going to need it soon.
Another thing the Global Church has the opportunity to do is model the way in the water conservation effort. From raising awareness to donating to organizations that provide clean water to doing our best to save water. Even if it may seem small, it really can have a HUGE impact, especially as the crisis gets worse.
However, should the church stop at just the small things? Absolutely not. By modeling the way of generosity with resources, especially water, imagine what could happen. Even if no one else joined in and it was just the Global Church being the leading giver of resources across the world, so many people would be impacted physically and hopefully spiritually as well! But we all know how society works, and if the church were to be the role model for giving internationally, we could start a movement that would literally change the course of the projected future.
Isn’t that what God is all about, anyway? Changing what should be our futures and giving us hope for a future that is beyond comprehension. Let’s allow God to work through the Global Church to change the future.
How will you choose to respond?
For more information and applications of our infographic, visit http://www.gmi.org/services/missiographics/library/water-not-natural-resource/.