WORLD WATER DAY BRINGS
GLOBAL YOUTH AWARD TO IRELAND
Wednesday 22nd March 2017, World Water Day celebrated by Ireland’s Water Explorers!
Today, over 663 million people live without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water. World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about taking action to tackle this global water crisis.
Global Action Plan Ireland, an environmental NGO, lead Water Explorer in Ireland, supported by the HSBC Water Programme. Water Explorer is a fun, competitive and interactive online educational programme inspiring young people not only to learn about global water issues but also to take action.
Delivered in 11 countries, students navigate GAP’s custom platform, completing a series of water-saving missions, and benchmark their progress interactively with their peers nationally and internationally.
Since launching our pilot in 2015, and continuing over the 2016 academic year, Water Explorer has engaged over 79,000 children to complete Water Challenges and enthused them to take action that has saved in excess of 1.3 million cubic metres of water.
One of the participating schools gained international recognition for their incredible efforts in water conservation and promoting global water issues. Convent of Mercy National School in Kanturk, Cork have won the Water Air and Food Youth Award 2016 which was presented to their school on Monday 20th March. This award has never been won in Ireland before.
In partnership with the school, GAP hosted a special ceremony with multi-award winning SOCIAL ACTIVIST Ayrton Cable from London, visiting Cork to present the prize money and GLOBAL WAFA Youth statuette. Founding WAFA Youth at age 11, Ayrton aims to encourage a whole generation of young people to be part of the solution to feeding everyone and ensuring safe water.