Breath Of Ecology

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After so much rain and hurricanes lately, it's appropriate to read some facts on water...


More than 70% of the Earth's surface is covered with water - the same amount on our planet as there was billions of years ago, due to evaporation followed by rain, snow, hail, and sleet.That means we could be drinking the same water that was drunk by an ancient Egyptian or even a dinosaur.


Although every plant and animal needs water to survive, only about 3% of it is fresh water that can be used for drinking and irrigating crops; most of it is frozen in ice caps and glaciers which are rapidly melting due to climate change.


A human body is about 65% water, and needs to consume about 2 1/2 quarts of it every day. The average person in North America uses about 100 gallons of water daily for drinking, bathing, cleaning, cooking, and flushing.


Water has been shaping our planet for millions of years: glaciers break down mountains, rivers carve canyons, and oceans reshape the coastlines.


Water is the only substance on Earth that can be found naturally in three different forms: solid, liquid, and vapor, and even though there is enough of it on our planet for all our needs, our future depends on how selflessly we use it in order for it to be fairly distributed throughout the world.


Written by:  Sr. Joel:  a Dominican Sister of Peace who lives in Springfield, KY.  She is a native of New Orleans  and has been a teacher, school and parish administrator, social worker, religious educator, and missionary.  She has written "Breath of Ecology" for local newspapers and has published a book under the same title.

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