The Department of the Ecological Concerns of the Church of South India (CSI) Synod, in collaboration with the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Water Network (WCC-EWN) solicits the videos of innovative water conservation programmes. The project should be related to water initiated by the diocese/the members in that diocese/ CSI Schools. Seven Minutes duration. The programme has to be explained, giving titles on the video in English. The project holder has to give an affidavit stating the work is original. Local parish vicar/ HM of School/ the Diocesan authority has to attest in a separate paper.
2. Stories on water. This is for students up to the age of 17 years. Language -English. Word
limit- 1000. Typed word file, giving double space. Students studying in CSI Schools (any
religion) and CSI Students studying in other schools can participate. Entry should be attested by the Head of the School/the Vicar of the parish he/she belongs. The Student has to give an affidavit stating that it is his original work.
3. Photographs showing water scarcity or Water pollution or a subject related to water in
India. Name of the place, Details regarding the subject of the photograph, Type of Camera, Details regarding the photographer, date on which it is taken should be mentioned along with the entry. This is open for all. Entertain pictures from India during the period from 1st January 2019 to 15 March 2021. Any person in India can participate.
We will select the best three entries from each section, and cash awards will be given. Our ecumenical partner, the WCC EWN has kindly agreed to sponsor the awards. The
CSI Synod and WCC EWN reserve the right to publish the selected entries wherever suitable. The applicant should not copy any material from anywhere for this competition. If the applicant violates the copyright regulations, he/she has to face legal implications. We want to promote only the original work of the applicant. Along with the entry, the applicant has to specify his name, age, Profession, residential address, parish/school and the diocese he/she belongs to, Bank account details. We entertain only soft copies. The decision of the Department of Ecological Concerns will be the final word regarding these competitions.
The Last Day to get the entries is 24th March 2021. World Water Day celebration on 22nd in your institution or area can be included. A soft copy has to be sent to If you need any clarifications, kindly contact the Director by WhatsApp: 9847275754
World Water Day is held annually on 22nd March as a means of focusing attention on the
importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater
Resources. This Day is an opportunity to learn more about water-related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference.
Water is an essential building block of life. It is more than just essential to quench thirst or protect health; water is vital for creating jobs and supporting economic, social, and human development.
World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 Billion people living
without access to clean and safe water. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis.
This year the theme of WWD is “Valuing water”. Even though water is priceless, market economies value water at trillions of dollars. However, for faith-based organisations, water has a strong spiritual and ethical value. We need to preserve and protect water from being commodified and promote water for life for all.
Today, 1 in 3 people live without safe drinking water. By 2050, up to 57 billion people could be living in areas where water is scarce for at least one month a year.
Climate-resilient water supply and sanitation could save the lives of more than 360,000
infants every year. If we limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, we could cut climate- induced water stress by up to 50%.
Extreme weather has caused more than 90% of major disasters over the last decade.
By 2040, global energy demand is projected to increase by over 25% and water demand
is expected to increase by more than 50%.Church of South India, Department of Ecological Concerns, in collaboration with the WCC EWN is requesting all the churches in India, especially the Dioceses/CSI Schools to celebrate World Water Day by arranging suitable Programmes.
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Dr Mathew Koshy Punnackad
Ecological Concerns Department,