Written by Bishop Michael D. Pfeifer
- June 7, 2013
We don’t always pay attention to an international declaration of this or that, but when a bishop alerts us to one, we certainly take heed. Bishop Michael Pfeifer, OMI, of the Diocese of San Angelo, Texas, contacted us in March to let us know that he was promoting World Water Day (March 22). This also happens to be the International Year of Water Cooperation, so declared by the United Nations General Assembly.
Bishop Pfeifer mentioned that he has been promoting World Water Day for many years in his diocese, especially getting children involved in the critical issue of caring for water.
“Because of the tremendous importance of water for all life on planet earth,” he wrote, “the importance of World Water Day has grown significantly. But much more attention needs to be given today in all places and all times about how we can best use the essential life-giving gift of water.”
He noted that building a consensus on water cooperation is the main focus of many discussions during this year’s observance. “This is a time for continued dialogue in all of our communities about ways of preserving and providing the life-giving gift of water for all people now, and into the future,” he said.