December is upon us meaning it’s that time of year to revel in the festive spirit. Christmas is a time of many great things: gifts, colourful jumpers, decorations, turkeys, wrapping paper, to name but a few. And wrapped up in and amongst our giving and sharing are bucket loads of water.
Did you know that to create 1 sheet of paper, 10 litres of water are used? So why not get those creative juices flowing and go that little extra way to save water this Christmas? Upcycling is a great way to do just that. You could dig out your ghosts of Christmas past (old Christmas cards you’ve received and stashed away) and redazzle them into something new for under the tree. Rather than buying new, upcycling saves water and pennies too.
Our Crafty Christmas Competition gives an opportunity for Water Explorers to make decorative crafts and explore our secret water Mission. Teams can take part by making dazzling decorations from recycled material. We are looking for fun alternative to buying thirsty gifts and examples of how to save secret water during the Christmas festivities.
To enter add photos of your creation on to your team page newsreel by 18th December, get bonus points for your team and be in the running for the Secret Santa prize.
Whether it be frosty snowflakes from scrap paper card or sparkling snowmen from yoghurt bottles the options are endless. Merry crafting!
Completing Challenges will help you climb the Water Explorer leaderboard. In addition, your project work can be used to support CREST and Eco-Schools Awards.
CREST Award (British Science Association)
Each year, over 32,000 CREST Awards are undertaken by 11-to-19-year-olds, giving them opportunities to explore real-world science, technology, engineering and maths projects in an exciting way.
Use Water Explorer Challenges as a basis for a CREST Bronze Award. To get the Award, you’ll need to spend at least 10 hours on your project. Find out more about CREST Bronze Award here.
Tackle Water Explorer Challenges and gather evidence to apply for an Eco-Schools Award. Challenges address several Eco-School topics including Water, Waste, Biodiversity and Global Citizenship. Take the plunge and go for your Green Flag Award! Find out more about Eco-Schools England here.
Contact the Water Explorer team through [email protected] with any questions on how Water Explorer can help you achieve sustainability success.
Global Action Plan UK (GAP UK) is an environmental behaviour change charity that has been helping people to adopt more sustainable lifestyles for over 20 years. GAP UK works with schools, communities and businesses to develop and deliver programmes that change behaviours.
GAP UK led the design of the global WaterExplorer programme and is coordinating its delivery across the 11 countries. You can find out more about us at www.globalactionplan.org.uk