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Week 1: The economy of water

Week 1: The economy of water

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Water is the lifeblood of the planet as well as the economy. In the Bible, it is one of the symbols for God's generosity and blessing, for healing and liberation. Yet in today's economy, we often do not share water generously and with compassion. It is being appropriated and becomes a bone of contention.

Demand for this life-giving element is ever increasing - “ fuelled not only by the growing number of people living on our planet but by our ways of production and lifestyles that serve an unqualified and unquestioned pursuit of profits and gratification.

In a time of economic and environmental crisis and with the upcoming United Nations "Rio+20" Conference on Sustainable Development (20-22 June 2012) in mind, the theme of these Seven Weeks stresses the urgency for all of us to engage in reflection and action on the "economy of water". Together we will try to understand how God's generosity can be reflected in the management of our common household - the original meaning of "oikonomia".

Bible Reflection: Thirst for life - thirst for water

Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser, former WCC general secretary, offers a Biblical reflection on the concept of thirst for life and thirst for water, integral to human survival, as well as the greed driving manipulation of this precious resource in our world today. Read more...

Background & resources:

We have compiled a collection of resources that can help you find out more about the Rio+20 summit and about water in the "Green Economy" debate. Read more...

What you can do:

Invite others to join you in reflection and action on the "economy of water" by passing the following link on to interested friends, family, and colleagues:

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