Water Ethics: No water, no life
In celebration of World Water Day, Globethics.net India organised a one day consultation on Water Ethics in collaboration with WME College Coimbatore on the 25 March 2021. The consultation was held in-person at Coimbatore, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, in person attendance was limited to 17, with more than 10 groups and over 100 individuals attending the programme online.
Water is a basic need for any life in this world. With no water, there is no life.The world is covered with 2/3 of water, maintaining a unique equilibrium and balance of life. Water is not only for drinking, but every creature and plant also requires water. The precious element of water needs to be perserved. It is becoming a costly commodity for humanity, and therefore Globethics.net India is working on a long-term plan to create awareness on Saving Water.
Dr. Bakianathan, the Dean of the WME College inaugurated the seminar by telling the audience the importance of water. He said 'water is a great gift from God', it is a free gift like air, soil, light and space, but man has exploited nature leading to disaster. The key note address was delivered by Ms Divya Lovelin, an IT professional in Bangalore. Saving Water is a subject dear to her, and she noted that "for a healthy life and to provide healthy lifestyle for all and for generations to come, say no to water contamination. We, as Indians, need to pledge and practice a green life style".
The Second Speaker of the day was Ms. Subajabarani, a leading medical teacher who spoke on the need for protecting usable water for the survival of humanity. The CWMI Composite Water Management Index reported that in 2018, 70% of water in India was contaminated. India ranks 120th of 122 countries in the global water quality index. The agriculture sector has been greatly affected due to ground water depletion, and unpredictable climate change is another area of concern in protecting water. She also noted that women from rural areas face the biggest water scarcity problem, as "women spend long hours fetching water from wells and reservoirs for the daily needs". The unsanitary conditions arising from severe water shortage results in health problems for many women across the nation.
Globethics.net India Co-director Rev. Jacob Belly concluded the seminar by talking about the privatization and commercialisation of water and water resources. 'Water, air, light and space are gift of nature to life in this creation'. Now water has become a precious and costly commodity. A bottle of Coke, Pepsi or Fanta are more easily available in villages than water. This is a serious issue, and Rev Belly invited people to join Globethics.net India in advocating for water justice.
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