In May, I challenge you to commit to at least one new habit that helps conserve water.
To choose your commitment, think about the areas of your home. Here are some suggestions:
-Opt for the dishwasher over hand washing. It may seem counterintuitive, but it turns out washing dishes by hand uses a lot
Ex. Turn off the faucet while washing wash your hands, brushing your teeth, rinsing your razor (do that in a stoppered sink), etc
Ex. Take shorter showers
Ex. Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants. Mulch will slow evaporation of moisture while discouraging weed growth.
Learn about additional water conservation suggestions here: https://learn.eartheasy.com/guides/45-ways-to-conserve-water-in-the-home-and-yard/
This month’s challenge will help us become more aware of our water usage and encourage us to find new ways to conserve it so that others (now and in the future) will have access to this necessity.
Pope Francis outlines the “Issue of Water” in his encyclical Laudato Si’ [paragraphs 26-31] and calls us to recognize that: “…access to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right, since it is essential to human survival and, as such, is a condition for the exercise of other human rights. Our world has a grave social debt towards the poor who lack access to drinking water, because they are denied the right to a life consistent with their inalienable dignity.”
This month when we try a new water conservation habit, let’s give thanks for the gift of accessible, clean water. Let’s also consider how we can support policies/causes/actions that appropriately promote water security in the US and throughout the world.
Let me know if you’re in by commenting below!