World Water Day is March 22! Click here to register your class to Walk for Water.
The water crisis can be solved through increased awareness, water conservation efforts and investment in sustainable, scalable and replicable water projects. In an effort to involve teachers and children in this effort, Live Earth has created an online destination containing easy activity ideas from our educational partners. Our partners Aqua for All, Akvo, Project WET and GLOBE have generously provided fun activities for children, which can be downloaded below. Teachers can also find additional information on these partners and visit their sites for more ideas and activities.
To raise awareness around World Water Day (March 22), Live Earth has made the Walking for Water initiative available to teachers and school. “Walking for Water” is a school-based program where participating students commit to walking 6 kilometers (3.73 miles) , carrying 6 liters (1.59 gallons) of water, to raise funds to finance water projects in developing countries. Developed in the Netherlands, Walking for Water is a fundraising and awareness concept created by Aqua for All. Participating students are “sponsored” by their friends and family to participate in the walk. Students collect funds in person and through online fundraising tools. In 2009 this program raised more than 1 million Euros ($1.4 million) to support clean, safe, drinking water projects.
AQUA FOR ALL & AKVO
To get students involved in solving the water crisis, Aqua for All and Akvo have provided us with a detailed outline of the Walking for Water campaign. Walking for Water is a fundraising and awareness concept to raise funds to finance water projects in developing countries. Available for download are 3 guidebooks: one for schools, a support center and a guest lesson. These guidebooks outline all you would need to bring Walking for Water to your class, school or youth group!
Project WET has provided two activities for upper elementary to middle school students. The first, entitled Sum of the Parts, outlines how everyone contributes to the pollution of a river and lends itself to discussion on how people can lessen their contribution. The second, 8-4-1, One for All, illustrates the interconnectedness of a community sharing a water source. Click the link to download both workbooks.
GLOBE has provided an activity that can be adapted for children of all ages called Water Walk. As keen observers children will visually survey their locale and learn about a body of water, surrounding land cover and water chemistry issues.