An aid worker from Manorhamilton is raising awareness about conserving the global water supply and protecting the planet from climate change ahead of World Water Day on Saturday 22nd March.
“Despite the fact that in Ireland we seem to have an endless supply of water and rain, it is still very much a precious global resource,” said Eithne McNulty.
“Nationally we use 70% more water today than we did 40 years ago with the average Irish adult using 150 litres a day. But not everywhere has easy access to water.
“Enestina Muyeye (9), the young girl on this year’s Trócaire box, has just 20 litres of dirty river water to use each day and her community grapples with frequent periods of drought that dries up the land and rivers.”
This Lent Trócaire is highlighting the global water crisis, which has left almost a billion people without clean drinking water and millions more without water for sanitation and irrigation.
“A critical issue related to the global water crisis is the global climate crisis, which links back to our consumption patterns in the West,” said Eithne.
“Ireland is among the highest carbon polluters in Europe per capita. By polluting the atmosphere with harmful greenhouses gases, we are warming the planet and this is being felt in poor countries like Malawi, where people are suffering annual cycles of drought.”
According to the UN, based on existing patterns, almost half of the world’s population will be living in areas of high water stress by 2030.
“When we think of our use of water, we instantly think of the water we drink, but much of the water we use is invisible.
“It takes 2,500 litres of water to produce a hamburger, 9,842 litres of water to make a pair of jeans and 10 litres of water to produce one sheet of paper.”
This Lent Trócaire is encouraging people to take a pledge to try and live more sustainably by making some small lifestyle changes.
A wide range of tips on how to live more sustainably can be found on trocaire.org/uptous.
The Trocaire Lenten Campaign runs until Easter Sunday 20th April.
Trocaire boxes are available in parishes throughout Leitrim, by visiting trocaire.org or by calling 1850 408 408.