World-wide food and water crisis

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Following the FCJ General Chapter last year, a decision was made that;

“In the light of the world-wide food and water crisis,

and as a response to the ‘I thirst’ of Jesus,

we find ways to take action wherever we are

and engage in advocacy where possible.”

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It would be really great to hear from anyone who has any thoughts, reflections or ideas for action, wherever you are in the world. Sometimes just sharing our thoughts, our small actions or our ideas can really inspire others and support them in what they are trying to do too.

2 Responses to “World-wide food and water crisis”

  1. Catherinefcj Says:

    Thank-you Lynne—In our parish we have just had a Water-Aid Week and collected over £600 and money is still coming in. We had a well at back of the church, prayer leaflets on the topic, and leaflets for collecing money when we used water during the week—e.g. 2p for every cup of tea or coffee we had, 1p every time we used the loo, 5p for every bath or shower. Our African priest also gave a wonderful talk to the children at the Sunday Mass as to how it was for him as a child having to collect water. It has been very successful and fun as well.

  2. Katherine Richardson Says:

    Thanks for this, Sr Lynne – a great reminder! One of the undergraduates I tutored last year was a mature student retraining as a hydrogeologist so that he could help provide clean water for more of the world, it was really inspiring to work with him. The other week I heard from a friend studying for an MSc in epidemiology, about engineers who gave a lecture on how they were were helping to stop water-borne diseases. So I am inspired about the contribution we can make through science education, through bringing these examples and issues to our students’ attention. Was re-reading the Science Education in Europe: Critical Reflections report today: “The five major problems facing humanity in the coming century, according to the UK Government’s former Chief Scientific Advisor, are feeding the population, the control of disease, generating sufficient energy, supplying enough water, and global climate change. Each of these problems will only be solved, in part, by the enormous contribution that science and engineering must make – from producing more fuel-efficient forms of transport to developing higher yielding crops that will grow in more marginal soil and
    climate conditions. If it is to meet the needs of the future, school science has to develop opportunities for students to explore what it is that scientists do and why that contribution is both enduring and meaningful. In addition, it needs to show that those who study science do not simply spend their lives working in one narrow domain. Rather, that the
    contrary is true – the study of science opens doors to a multitude of possibilities for self-realisation. School science, therefore, must demonstrate that the study of science enables young people to pursue the widest range of careers possible and appeal to their aspirations. In particular, it should exemplify how working as a scientist can contribute to solving the problems faced by society, and show that the study
    of science is not simply a gateway to a scientific career but that there are as many careers from science as there are in science. In short, it must offer young people a new vision of why science matters.”

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