For most North Americans, water is as available as air. Turn the faucet on
and there it is. Most of us have not had to go without water for more than a
few hours, and generally the most effort we put into purifying our water is
running it through a Brita filter. We are blessed with fresh water every day of
our lives. But what would happen if one day we woke up and nothing came
out of the faucet? Is it even possible? If seventy percent of the earth is water,
will we ever run out of the water so vital to our lives? Yes, because only three
percent of that water is fresh water. Just because today we turn the faucet on
and an endless amount of water comes out does not mean there is an endless
amount of fresh water on the earth. And it doesn't mean that everyone is as
blessed as we in North America are. There are people in many countries all
over the world and even in our own country that struggle daily to find ample
amounts of fresh water. Until we realize that there is not an endless amount of
fresh water on the earth, until we realize how desperately we need water to
survive, we will go on using water wastefully and without a second thought as
to what we are really letting run down the drain. Water preservation is a big
problem, one that cannot be solved by one person. But by having a certain
attitude about our use of water we can start to solve the problem. The main
goal in this unit is to present information and provide opportunities that will
instill an attitude in our students that recognizes a problem and says, "I can
solve this problem by having an contagious passion about saving water. 1 can
take it with me and share with others what 1 have learned."
II. Biblical perspective:
The waste and disuse of water is just one more piece of evidence of sin in our
world and us. God gave us water as part of his creation for our pleasure and
survival. We can see this when we look at all the ways we use and need
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