Over the past week we have been learning all about Global Water. We discovered that the United Nations estimates an average human needs approximately 30 litres of water a day to survive: 6 litres of water for cooking and cleaning and 25 litres for bathing and keeping clean. In Ireland the average human uses 150 litres per day. In developing countries such as Africa and Latin America, the average person uses only 3 – 5 litres a day. In India collecting water can be a huge struggle. People are forced to walk to pumps and queue for long periods of time in order to collect water. Water can be contaminated and pumps frequently dry up due to the hot weather.
A Day in the Life: Students and staff members from 1st to 6th class participated in a Global Water challenge. We Walked 6km with 6 litres of water on our back. On arrival back to school, each class was presented with a Walk for Water Certificate and we realised how lucky we are to have such easy access to clean and safe water and we pledged to do our utmost to save as much water as we can.
Party Piece: Given the morning that was in it, students in 3rd and 4th class decided to dedicate their party piece this week to the water theme. We began by highlighting a few facts based on water in developing countries. Such facts included;
884 million people in the world lack access to safe water supplies.
More than 840,000 people die each year from water-related disease.
More than 1/2 of all primary schools in developing countries don't have adequate water facilities and nearly 2/3 lack adequate sanitation.
By 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world's population could be living under water stressed conditions.
To conclude, we rapped the Water Cycle to the familiar pop song ‘Give Me Everything (Tonight)’ by Pitbull. Lyrics can be accessed at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Students and teachers were very impressive!
From modest beginnings in 1995, Global Action Plan Ireland have grown into a mature, national organisation that empowers as many communities as possible to adopt a greener lifestyle and thereby play their role in protecting planet Earth.