After conducting a workshop with grade 8 and 9 students at David Thompson Secondary School, here are their cumulative thoughts on visions, values and plans for action.
Vision: Students vision a world where everyone has access to clean drinking water. No students have to miss school to get water for themselves and their families.
Values: We value fresh clean drinking water and everyone having equal access to water.
Action: Reduce personal water consumption, support institutional action to reduce water, support water pricing, reducing meat consumption, support campaigns aimed at helping the water crisis, importance of fixing water leaks and maintaining water supply systems, educating peers and family about water conservation and scarcity.
The students were great to work with. We think the workshop allowed them to learn about what the water crisis is, why its important and will affect them and potential solutions to mitigate some of the effects as well as what they can do personally and collectively.The workshop allowed them to integrate science that they are learning in school with enviromental sustainability and have equipped them with an array of potential solutions and giving them ideas to foster real change for the water and climate crisis.