The Principal Reflects

The theme of the Year 2020-2021 is “Preserve Blue to Stay Green.”

The current Year 2020 unfolded with a mighty challenge, putting human life in danger. The Corona Virus pandemic (Covid 19) has brought the world to a standstill. However, during this pandemic, the medical community including doctors, nurses and the paramedical staff and civil administrators are warriors who are fighting the disease on the front lines and are putting their lives at risk to keep us safe. It is a matter of pride for each one of us.

Pope Francis has declared that, “Climate change is an emergency.”

“No Water, No Life; No Blue, No Green.” The world needs more water; the world needs more life. This earth belongs to us and to take care of the Earth is our responsibility. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystem is collapsing. We are at the brink of a mass extinction. As a team, we need to face this challenge of Covid 19. We should be united to take care of our Mother Earth. We as individuals need to do more than our potential, to save the planet. So, conserve water and conserve life. Use water but never waste water.

Water is an essential commodity in our daily life. Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine. The access to safe drinking water is a basic and universal human right, since it is essential for human survival and as such, is a condition for the exercise of other human rights. Water is used in every sphere, by human beings, animals, plants and all the created things on the earth. Without water life becomes miserable. Lack of free flow of water in our taps, will make our lives desperate. Our world has a grave social debt towards the poor who lack access to drinking water, because they are denied the right to a life consistent, with their inalienable dignity. As it is very essential, in one’s life, we need to preserve it. Every drop of water that flows into the river and it keeps flowing to the ocean.

Water level is going down on the earth. We need to concentrate on water consumption and waste management. We know the importance of water in our life as we breath in deeply, taking in molecules of water that have also passed through the bodies of all breathing creatures. Let us be grateful for the gift of water and resolve to use it with reverence and justice. Let us introspect What is my contribution to preserve it? Am I conscious to create water harvesting system? or I allow the rain water to flow away. These days, the water crisis claims more lives through diseases, than any war claims through ammunition. Many poor people, these days are sacrificing their lives, just because they have no access to fresh water. We hear much about climatic change, it is high time, to stop talking and do something constructive. Every little action, will contribute to the movement, to save our Planet. We have to save water, if we want our plants to grow. It takes a lot of blue, to stay green. Let us, make a united effort to raise our personal awareness and respond to the call to cherish and preserve our Mother Earth, God’s precious gift to human kind, for future generations.

Ola Elvestuen, The President of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the Environment says, “To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, the world must first address critical challenges affecting Nature.”

Sr. Jessy Pookoden
SJC Ratlam