JustWater 2017


World Water Day is an annual event organised by the United Nations that will be celebrated on Wednesday 22nd March 2017. The day is observed internationally as an “opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference.”

You can find out more information on the UN World Water Day website.

JustWater was organised to coincide with World Water Day so that the programme can support the excellent work being done and add to the places, voices and actions on water around the world. The JustWater program at St Paul’s has been captured on these pages.


A wide range of events and activities took place as part of the JustWater international programme. JustWater has four program partners, with many other local sites and organisations involved on their behalf. The four key partners organising the JustWater program are:

  • St Paul’s Cathedral London
  • Trinity Wall Street
  • St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne
  • St George’s Cathedral Cape Town

The St Paul’s program included:

Just water

Tuesday March 21, 6pm
Just Water: Discussing the Issues
A panel discussion with water experts, discussing the vital issues around clean water and effective sanitation; water and food production; cultural issues around water; and political and professional involvement in water infrastructure. Speakers will include internationally recognised water expert Professor John Langford, and Professor Peter Rayner, who specialises in atmospheric science, with a focus on the carbon cycle and its effect on climate. The discussion was moderated by ABC science broadcaster Tim Thwaites and can be watched on Youtube.

Thursday March 23
10am Combined worship service
via live video stream with conference partner Trinity Church Wall Street, New York, which can be watched on Youtube.
11am Keynote address (via live stream from New York) by former US Senator Barbara Boxer, a leader on environmental protection who introduced the National Oceans Protection Act (2005), to address ocean governance and pollution and protect and restore wildlife and habitats, which can be watched on Youtube.

1.30pm Does Aid Work? A discussion between aid groups, including Anglican Overseas Aid and Water Aid, involved in ensuring easy access for all to clean water discuss on the value of international aid and why it is worth it, which can be watched on Youtube.

Yarra River Ride
A planned walking / cycling excursion for primary school students , with a workbook to download and use at your school. Can be done at any time.