Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach

July e-bulletin

July 12, 2013


Dear Columban Friend,

The heat and humidity is back in D.C. and I dream to put my feet in the Atlantic Ocean and sip a tall glass of cold water. But this time of year also reminds me of the billions of people around the world who lack access to clean water and sanitation whether from lack of physical infrastructure or lack of water rights. I am also reminded of the conflicts between nations and communities over water rights and waterways. Pope Francis calls on us to become agents of mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish.

Read this issue of the CCAO e-bulletin and find upcoming opportunities to help justice flow down like water and righteousness like an ever flowing stream (Amos 5:24).

Many blessings,


Access to Clean Water Changes the Lives of Women and Girls

As Pope Benedict affirmed, water is essential for all life; however, UN Water estimates that 1.8 billion people live without access to clean, safe drinking water. Many families throughout the world must venture for miles, sometimes days, just to gather a single jug of drinking water. This responsibility generally falls into the laps of women and girls in the household, and becomes a key task necessary for theirs and their families’ survival.

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Pinochet’s Legacy: Chile’s Water Privatization Law

In 1981 under General Pinochet’s dictatorship, Chile’s water codes were changed to give private investors and corporations ownership over the country’s water for free and for an unlimited amount of time.
Today, despite the turnaround to democracy, the unfair codes continue to exclude the poorest and marginalized from their right to water. When water is owned by profit making enterprises, there are no incentives to provide water to those who cannot afford it. To be excluded from water is to be excluded from life.
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U.S. Makes Waves in the Asia-Pacific

Columban missionaries work in Korea and the Philippines, promoting peace and protection of people and creation. Our faith calls us to dialogue and find peaceful resolution to conflict.

The United States military’s “pivot” to Asia threatens marine life, fishing communities, and other vulnerable communities whom Columbans serve. How do we reverse militarization and channel our capabilities towards nurturing peace?
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President Obama announces plan to cut carbon, ask him to cut the pipeline!

On a 95-degree day in D.C., President Obama announced his Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution and other greenhouse gases that contribute to climate disruption. He also announced that he would reject the Keystone Pipeline permit if it contributes additional carbon. The pipeline would move oil from Canadian tarsands to the Gulf of Mexico.

Click here to ask President Obama to oppose the Keystone Pipeline that could pollute the Ogallala Aquifer, the major source of drinking water in Nebraska, harm the health of indigenous communities in Canada, and contribute to climate change. Tarsands extraction is also very water intensive. For each barrel of oil produced from the tar sands takes from 110 to 350 gallons of water (or 2 to 6 barrels) of water. Protect valuable fresh water sources and say no to the Keystone pipeline!

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