Thursday, May 23, 2013

Water Detectives working hard to save water for the Mayor's Environment Expo

Grade four students at Monsignor E.lL. Doyle School became water detectives for  the Mayor's Environment Expo.
Only one per cent of water on earth is fresh water and the average person uses approximately seven cubic meters or 7,000 liters per month.  That’s 233 liters per day!  Because water is a limited resource, conservation plays a critical part in the water story.

The water detectives at Monsignor E.L Doyle School set out to raise awareness about the importance of water conservation for their Showcase School project for the Mayor’s Environment Expo.  The first step of the project was to determine how much water students were using at home.  Using their utility bills, each student recorded the amount of water used in their home and then identified ways to reduce their household consumption.  During class, they compared their results with each other and discussed conservation strategies.  

Thus from January to April, the students organized a school-wide campaign chalked full of posters, water tribute questions in the morning announcements and H20 detectives identifying ways to save water in each of the classrooms.

“People keep wasting water by taking too long of showers and leaving the taps running when they aren't using them,” says grade four student, Daniella Snyders-Blok.

“My favorite part of this project is meeting new people and learning how to save the environment.  I like helping the little kids learn how to save water so that when they are in grade four, they can teach the younger kids too.”

Join us at the 2013 Mayor’s Environment Expo, June 4-6 at the Municipal Building and be inspired by today’s youth leaders.

Read about what other showcase schools are doing to protect land, air and water.

The Mayor’s Environment Expo thanks Encana and Calgary Transit for their partnership in the Showcase School program. Encana is sponsoring a $250 grant exclusive to the Showcase Schools. Calgary Transit is providing Showcase Schools with free transportation to and from the Expo.

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