On Monday March 28th, Sarah Cavan and Rebecca McEvoy made presentations to a local high school in Antigonish. In two grade 12 classes, we presented the role D&P plays in Canada and what youth/students/communities and people in general can do to help with our campaign this year…WATER FOR ALL.
OUR PLAN: We wanted to give youth the opportunity to brainstorm and show them how much they can do to help D&P in the future, to show students it’s the little things such as not buying bottled water that can help, a little goes a long way!
HOW IT WENT: It went amazing at the High School. The first class was very interested and had been learning about water and the problem it is becoming in every part of our life, so it was a great way to tie it into their lesson! That class had actually prepared for us a one page summary called “The Journey of Bottled Water”. Each student had typed them up and had it ready for us, it was so cool!
We also got asked right after the second presentation if we would come back on April 20th to do another info session for an hour at the high school lunch time because they are holding an EARTH DAY at their school.
The best part was when I did the demonstration about the amount of water it takes to produce a plastic bottle of water; it takes 3 litres of water to make a 1 litre bottle. I poured 3 L of water into an empty 1 L bottle…. and the wasted water gets everywhere! The visualization of the water over spilling from the bottle shows just how much water gets wasted in just the production of the water bottle itself…
I did this for all 3 classes. They were speechless and had so many great comments after they saw this. We gave everyone action cards and pamphlets and stickers! It was very rewarding to hear them tell us what they learnt at the end of the hour!
The THINKfast game was a HIT!! We had each student be one step along the 13 step process for the “JOURNEY OF WATER”. They held the string and we showed them what happened when one part of the Journey didn’t work, how it all falls apart! And this is what we can do to STOP the privatization of water.
Thanks to everyone: we had a great day!
by Sarah Cavan, NS Youth Rep