We are currently working on the Water theme of the Green Schools Programme and we were notified that there was a Walking for Water Event being organised to celebrate World Water Day which was on March 22nd. The aim of the event was to raise awareness of water scarcity and show solidarity with children worldwide by walking 6 kilometres while carrying 6 litres. Women and children in countries around the world walk on average 6 km a day to access water which is often unclean or simply not there due to drought or other factors. We decided to organise our own Walking for Water event in Scoil Bhríde as the Green Schools event was too far away for our school to attend. As you had to be over 10 to participate in the Green Schools event (we are only in 2nd class) we asked the 6th class in our school to help us with our event. The 6th class came on the walk with us and they carried 4 litres of water each. We walked the Bride Ring which brought us along by the River Bride and the distance of our walk was approximately 3.5 km. Before our walk some of the 6th class students spoke to the whole school at our morning assembly to inform them about our event. The following day they spoke at morning assembly again to share with the whole school what we had learnt from our walk. This was important to do so that we could spread the message of water conservation and water scarcity to everyone in our school. We learnt that by 2025 about two-thirds of the world's population could be living under water stressed conditions. After our walk we also became more aware of how lucky we are to have such ease of access to water and we will be trying our very best to conserve water and to spread the message of water conservation in our school, with our families through our school newsletter and also on our school website.
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