The UK seems to have lots of water - but scientists are saying that we may experience water shortages in the next few years because of climate change. To see how other people in the world use water we connected with a Water Explorer team in Switzerland who go to Collège des Tertres in Marin, We have compared notes on how much it rains and how much water people use. We also researched water in Ethiopia as we are hoping to have a joint Connecting Classrooms project with a school in Addis Ababa
In Switzerland people use up to 250 litres per day of fresh water.
In England people use around 150 litres per day of fresh water.
In Ethiopia people use around 10-20 litres per day of fresh water.
The UN suggest that people need at least 50 litres a day for drinking, washing and sanitation.
To help African countiries achieve SDG6 - Clean Water and Sanitation for all, last term we raised over £150 by selling cakes to raise funds for charity We donated the money to Toilet Twinning - two of our toilets in school are now twinned with two toilets in Malawi.
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