Dublin ‘water explorers’ get top marks
2015-10-01 12:29:15 -

Pupils from Glasnevin Educate Together National School have been rewarded for their water conservation efforts as part of Global Action Plan’s Water Explorer programme.


The north Dublin schoolchildren took home top prize in the Fresher Water category at the awards ceremony in Ballymun’s Axis Theatre recently after saving more than 2,000 litres of water in their investigations of impact of polluted water on the environment.


Teacher Caroline Farrell said her pupils were “over the moon” to receive the accolade.


“By taking part in the programme, not only have we found ways to reduce our water footprint at school, but pupils have also spread that knowledge far and wide into their homes and the local community,” she said. 


“They intend to continue to be ambassadors for the cause and to highlighting the importance of water conservation and of safeguarding its use. I would really encourage other schools in the area to get involved. It really has been an education – for all of us.”


Also offering a big ‘well done’ to the Glasnevin pupils was environmentalist and Global Action Plan ambassador Duncan Stewart, who said they have set “a wonderful example for all of us to follow in recognising the importance of water conservation and taking personal responsibility in making every drop count. The truth is that without water, there is no life.”


The Water Explorer programme focuses on pupils aged 8-14 years in developing their understanding of how water affects lives, and how they can develop practical ideas to protect and save water in school communities.


Schools can host their own ‘Water Festivals’ as well as activities such as producing water fashion shows and performing raps about water conservation.


Leading schools will also have the opportunity to win digital cameras and receive water workshops from experts, with the top five schools shortlisted to attend an award ceremony next year in Dublin where a national winner will be announced.

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