You are encouraged to continue to celebrate the 50 th ANNIVERSARY OF EARTH DAY throughout the year through your actions and prayers. During this pandemic, the use of water has increased significantly especially because of handwashing. W ater conservation helps prevent water pollution in nearby lakes, rivers, and local watersheds. Conserving water also prevents greenhouse gas emissions associated with treating and distributing water. So… PLEASE TURN OFF THE WATER while you are singing “Happy Birthday” twice. (Did you know that praying the Hail Mary also provides enough time to kill the germs?)