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Educate. Empower. Act. The mission of Project WET is to reach children, parents, educators and communities of the world with water education. We invite you to join us in educating children about the most precious resource on the planet — water.
Organic food producer Cascadian Farm has announced the "Change Flows" initiative, a program celebrating the company's nearly 40-year commitment to sustainability. A pioneer in converting conventional farms to organic, Cascadian Farm is asking Americans nationwide to join the company in an effort to restore and preserve our most valuable resource.
From now through April 30, consumers can help make "Change Flow" by visiting the Cascadian Farms website to "like" the U.S. region they think is most deserving of a river cleanup. The region with the most "likes" will receive a river cleanup. Cascadian Farm is contributing $50,000 to American Rivers, a leading environmental organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the nation's rivers, a mission that aligns with Cascadian Farm's commitment to water as an important resource for crops, farms, communities and the environment.
"If we want healthy communities, we need to invest in healthy rivers," said Andrew Fahlund, senior vice president of conservation for American Rivers. "More than 65 percent of Americans get their drinking water from rivers, so it is vital that we protect and restore our rivers and streams. We are excited to work with Cascadian Farm, a company that shares our passion and dedication to protecting rivers and clean water for future generations."
A recent survey by Cascadian Farm revealed additional insight about Americans' understanding of water conservation and the availability of clean water. Eighty-six percent of Americans overestimated the percent of water on earth available for everyday use, and nearly all Americans underestimated the water usage of a family of four. The survey also revealed that less than half of American adults are aware that nearly 40 percent of America's rivers and streams are too polluted for basic uses such as fishing or swimming.
With water being such a precious resource, Cascadian Farm hopes to inspire consumers to think differently and learn more about the importance of water. In addition to voting for a river cleanup, consumers can visit the Cascadian Farm website to learn simple ways they can make a difference for and contribute to sustainability.
Recently we received an email from Ari Daniel Shapiro, an independent radio producer who specializes in "telling stories about science using radio and multimedia." His productions and reporting have been carried by NPR, PRI and the New York Times among others. In addition to his productions for media outlets, he is also the producer for Ocean Gazing. Here's how he describes the ambitious project:
Ocean Gazing is a 50-episode audio podcast featuring short (8-10 minute) stories about scientists and the public who are using real-time data gathered from ocean observatories in their professional and personal lives. Ocean Gazing is intended both for general education and entertainment, and specific educational use in the classroom as an introduction to ocean scientists and their science. For nine of the episodes and counting, we offer accompanying lesson plan materials for middle and high school classes mapped to the National Science Education Standards. These lesson plans allow students to probe the topic deeper, either through online exploration or hands-on activities.
Thanks, Ari, for sharing this wonderful resource. Project WET folks, please let us know how you make use of Ocean Gazing!
In the run-up to World Water Day, the Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero held a video conversation with Harriet Babbitt, the Co-Chair of Global Water Challenge, about global water issues. After discussing the issue at length, the two took questions submitted via blog post on DipNote, the U.S. State Department Blog. Project WET's question: "How important is encouraging education around water issues (whether that education addresses water, sanitation and hygiene, water source protection or conservation) to solving global water issues?" was the first of only two questions answered during the Q&A. The question starts at about 32:40, and the resulting discussion is fascinating. Check it out!
On Monday we posted about "The World Walks for Water," a march in Kara, Togo's second largest city, planned to raise awareness around water issues . We have received a great update and some photos from staffer Kossi Loumonvi about the event, which attracted some 1,000 people:
Today 22 March 2011 we organize a great walk in Kara, the second town of Togo, in the north part in the country. They are in total 1000 high school and university students, children and women to walk in the streets of Kara asking for drinking water for all a better sanitation services for the communities especially for schools. Our walk ends at the center hall of Palais des Congrès de Kara where political authorities are celebrating the World Water Day. We join them of our slogans like: water is life, more toilets in schools, our rivers is not toilets, drinking water.
The great moment of the event is when we read our declaration called Appeal of Kara in the hall before the ministry of water and sanitation, General Zakari Nandja, and after give him one copy of the declaration. Its calls on political authorities to make the right of water and sanitation a reality in Togo. We need water and toilets in our schools. This is some words that end the declaration.
"The World Walks for Water" in Kara, Togo; about 1,000 people participated
Participants' t-shirts show the purpose of the walk: improving access to clean water
Delegates in the Palais des Congress where the march organizers presented an appeal to the minister of water and sanitation
Congratulations to JVE on a highly successful World Water Day event!