Environment

Metro worried B.C.'s water is becoming a hot commodity

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Kelly Sinoski

British Columbia might be at the centre of future debates on the use of increasingly scarce fresh water resources in North America. Water scarcity seems like a strange thing for the average British Columbian to think much about, except perhaps between November and May when they are wishing water were more scarce, but it is the very abundance of water in the province that gives B.C. its unique position in the debate. This recent Vancouver Sun article explains that as water becomes scarcer in parts of the U.S. and water-intensive industries such as oil and gas continue to grow, B.C. municipalities could find themselves in increasing competition with other users of limited fresh water.

The church in British Columbia should follow the development of water issues and consider what a Christian perspective offers the debate. Aware that God has given people the solemn call to steward his good creation, Christians have an opportunity to give water scarcity a deeper significance than exists outside of the Christian story. At the same time, the gospel calls all concerned parties to think not only of their own interests, but of the well-being of their neighbours as well.

How can the Christian church work toward a unified voice on environmental issues like water scarcity? Is it possible that even when contrasting interests on an issue arise within the church, Christians will be able to listen to God’s voice and overcome conflict?

What should be the Christian approach to water scarcity?

Source: The Vancouver Sun

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