Climate Change Conversation Starter & Prayer Activity
Sunday 17 October 2021 - Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink.
Take: a number of glasses (two more than those doing the activity) and a jug of water. Give one to each of your family to take a drink of water and using glasses left over, pour water into them to illustrate the following percentages.
Ask: 71 per cent of the world is covered in water, but is there enough water for everyone in the world?
- No - only 40 per cent of the world’s population lives in places where there is sustainable water (water that is drinkable or can be used to wash etc.). That is 60 per cent that don’t have enough water to drink, grow food, wash etc.
- Using less in the UK may not save water in other countries but even here we may start to run out, so we need to start to use less now. Can you think what water-saving ideas around your home you might have?
Extension (for older children): What are other ways we use water?
- We also use water to make things, or factories do. The greatest amount of water we as a planet uses is to make the things we buy! Sometimes this is called “virtual water”.
- Did you know that a large chocolate bar uses 1,700 liters of water in the production process? That is enough to fill 12 bathtubs. This applies to other things beef, cotton, fruits.
- You can look up: www.watercalculator.org/footprint/what-is-virtual-water to see how much water different things need for production. Might this change your shopping habits?
Talk: as family about what you can do.
Pray: for the Holy Spirit to be speaking to us as a church as we try to do our bit.
Pray: ask the Holy Spirit to come and spend time giving thanks for creation: for water, earth and life. Pray for those experiencing variations in rainfall around the world, caused by climate change, for those experiencing too little and too much rain leading to floods, droughts and crop failure.
“He covers the sky with clouds.
He supplies the earth with rain.
He makes grass grow on the hills.
He provides food for the cattle.
He provides for the young ravens when they cry out.”
Psalm 147:8-9, NIRV