Vatican City, Mar 22, 2021 / 09:00 am
The Vatican marked World Water Day on Monday with a message urging an end to water waste and contamination.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin recorded a video message on behalf of Pope Francis which was sent to United Nations’ organizations on March 22.
In the video, the Vatican Secretary of State said that “food security and water quality are inextricably linked” and urged collaboration between countries to make clean drinking water available in all parts of the world.
“To guarantee fair access to water, it is vitally urgent to act without delay, to end once and for all its waste, commercialization and contamination. Collaboration between States, the public and private sectors, as well as the multiplication of initiatives by intergovernmental organizations, is more necessary than ever. Equally urgent is binding legal coverage, systematic and effective support so that drinking water reaches all areas of the planet in quantity and quality,” Parolin said.
“Let us hasten, therefore, to give drink to the thirsty. Let us correct our lifestyles, so that they do not waste or pollute.”
World Water Day is an annual United Nations observance day held on March 22 since 1993. About one in three people today lack access to safe drinking water, according to the U.N., which projects an increase in global water scarcity in the coming decades.
Cardinal Parolin said that floods, droughts, increased temperatures, sudden and unpredictable variability of rainfall, thaws, decreased river currents or the depletion of groundwater are “harmful effects of climate change” which damage and reduce the quality of water.
The Vatican official called for people to “live soberly” without wasting water uselessly in solidarity with those who need it the most.