Mission areas explained

Catering for different cultures, challenges and water sophistication, we have created a range of Challenges grouped into four Mission areas:

Precious Water – How do we save those drips, leaks and flushes?
Learn about how our everyday actions at home and at school have an impact on our local communities. Students will consider the differences between countries who have a lot of or very little water and learn why saving water means saving energy and money and is important for everyone. Through lessons and activities students will go undercover to monitor leaking taps at their school and identify where else water is being wasted at home, whether in the bathroom, kitchen or garden, before encouraging them to take action to change water-wasting behaviours through ideas on water-saving actions for their home, school and community.

Fresher Water – Would you drink from your local lake?
Learn about the importance of keeping water clean and how dirty water not only affects us, but all other life on earth. Students will investigate the impact that clean water has on biodiversity and see how dirty water can harm the land, plants and animals, through studying the quality of water in their local area and considering factors such as litter and land use. Activities will also get students to think carefully about what they should and shouldn’t put down the drain and understand the impact on infrastructure and the environment. They’ll take action by getting involved in a global monitoring programme.

Secret Water – Do you know how much water it takes to make a cup of tea?
Learn about the secret life of water and how everything from your cotton T-shirt to a piece of paper needs water to be made. Students will go behind the scenes to investigate where water is hiding across their school. They’ll be encouraged to find out what changes could be made around their home and school to reduce their water footprint, through reducing water use, or reusing and recycling stuff, reviewing the menu at the school canteen or analysing the water content of their clothes. Activities will also prompt students to share their findings with the whole school community to reveal where water is hiding.

Global Water – How far would you walk for a glass of water?
Learn about how your use of water at home and school can affect vulnerable communities across the world, from safe access to clean water to climate change. Activities will help students to gain an understanding of the connection between clean water and health, quality of life and climate change. Students will also consider the contrast between those who have access to clean, readily available tap water and the distances that some people across the world have to travel in order to access water that is often unfit for consumption. They’ll take action to save water to help reduce the impact of climate change around the world, ensuring healthy and safe livelihoods for everyone.

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