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Wholly of Water and Holy Water

March 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

A presentation by Dawn M. Nothwehr, OSF, Ph.D.
6:00 pm Vespers
6:20 pm Reception
7:00 pm Lecture
According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, 40 of the 50 states have at least one region that is expected to face some kind of water shortage in the next 10 years. There are at least 10 major threats to the Great Lakes – the largest of fresh water bodies: invasive species; nonpoint source pollution; shoreline development and wetlands depletion; cargo ship channels; point source pollution; disappearing native species; pollution hot spots; air pollution deposition; polluted beaches; and water withdrawals.
The other major US fresh water source is in the upper Midwest, the Ogallala Aquafer. For the past 60 years, the Ogallala has been pumped out faster than raindrops and snowmelt can seep back into the ground to replenish it, thanks largely to irrigation of monocrops of fields set for fuel, not food markets.
The right to water was not part of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights – this right was only recognized in 2010 – and the discipline of water ethics has only recently been recognized in the academy. However, water scarcity and insecurity is one of four major issues of the ecological crisis which Pope Francis highlights in Laudato Si. This lecture will reflect on the ethical issues of water scarcity, water security, and developments in water ethics, in light of the Christian baptismal vocational calling to act justly and care for creation.
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This lecture is supported by the Father Andrew Nelson Ethics Fund.


March 20
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Saint Francis de Sales Seminary
3257 South Lake Drive
St. Francis, WI 53235 United States
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