Thought for the day 22 March

22 World Water Day

“World Water Day, held on 22 March every year since 1993, focuses on the importance of freshwater. World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis. A core focus of World Water Day is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.

Valuing water

Today, water is under extreme threat from a growing population, increasing demands of agriculture and industry, and the worsening impacts of climate change. As societies balance the demands on water resources, many people’s interests are not being taken into account. This year´s theme World Water Day is about what water means to people, it’s true value and how we can better protect this vital resource. The value of water is about much more than its price – water has enormous and complex value for our households, culture, health, education, economics and the integrity of our natural environment. If we overlook any of these values, we risk mismanaging this finite, irreplaceable resource.” UN website www.un.org/en/observances/water-day

Lord, water is so vital to so much of our lives. Help us to value it and not waste or spoil it. Inspire those with the power to do so, to work for access to safe water and sanitation for everyone

The last stage of Burns’ journey over the border involved staying in Carlisle before travelling North (and West) to Annan
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