Religious leaders city “moral obligation” for clean water

| November 4, 2017
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jug_bay_canoesRecently, 78 religious leaders across the country sent a letter to Congress urging members to support full federal funding for efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay and the Great Lakes. This letter comes in response to the President’s proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget, which zeroed out the Environmental Protection Agency Chesapeake Bay Program and Great Lakes budget, essentially eliminating all federal support for the restoration of these two critical ecosystems.

“As people of faith, we recognize that stewardship of water is part of our call to care for God’s fragile web of life,” said Cassandra Carmichael, executive director of NRPE. “To truly love our brothers and sisters, we must restore the waterbodies that we all share.”

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The Chesapeake Bay and the Great Lakes are home to thousands of plant and animal species, and provide food, drinking water, and recreation to hundreds of thousands of people, making them two of the most important ecosystems in the US. Over the years, human impacts have caused a decline in water quality and overall health, and while efforts have been underway to restore these vital waterways, there still is much left to be done.

“Healthy rivers, bays, lakes and streams are vital for safe drinking water, strong economies, tourism, and healthy communities,” said Carmichael. “We have the moral obligation today to ensure clean water for current and future generations.”

The National Religious Partnership for the Environment is an alliance of four religious organizations and institutions committed to caring for God’s Creation and works with its partner organizations to bring the voice of the religious community to bear on environmental issues.

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