We are thrilled to share with you some highlights each month from our Student Ambassador’s Program.
Each November 20th, the world celebrates children. With our Ambassadors, we took a deeper look at how children are affected by water scarcity and unsafe drinking water. Girls are often charged with collecting water far from home and risk their safety on the ardous journey. Kids miss out on school due to illness from drinking contaminated water. Water scarcity can leave us without enough for all our needs, like hygiene. Worldwide, children under the age of 5 are most likely to die from diarrhoea, a preventable water-borne illness. In 2017, this accounted for 1,300 young children dying each day. (UNICEF data)
Check out the video below made by our youngest Student Ambassador, Hridhaan, on the occasion of World Children’s Day:
We’re proud of all our Ambassadors, and this month, we want to put a spotlight on Manvith and his school project. The team Imagine EcoWarriors-Ken ,Timon and Manvith – focused on building a sustainable city “District 2020” on Minecraft: Education Edition for a Global Build Championship by Microsoft and Mojang. When they heard about the contest from their teacher Ms Famida (GEMS New Millennium School), they were very excited to put their ideas across on a gaming platform used by a lot of kids their age. “Young generations like us need to convey our message utilising available platforms to contribute towards conserving our natural resources. Being a Student Ambassador at Water Alliance I have learnt a lot about sustainable lifestyle and the contest was the best platform to put our knowledge into application,” explains Manvith. Watch their team’s short competition entry below:
This month our focus was on combatting food waste and the associated waste of water resources. We looked into how to lower our water footprint by preventing food waste, making water-wise food choices, and supporting local, sustainable food systems. Here are some of the cool things we learned:
Fact: About 2/3 of household waste is due to food spoilage from not being used in time. Don’t get caught out buying food that is too close to its past fresh date and having to toss it out. See our post about Expiry Dates.
Fact: The Water Footprint of a beef burger can be as high as 2,400 litres! Check out our video to understand why and maybe give a veggie burger a try.
Fact: The annual food waste in the UAE is estimated at 197 kg per person, compared with 95 to 115 kg in Europe and North America. South Korea found a way to lower an individual’s food waste by charging people to dispose of it. Watch this incredible video from Nas Daily.
Fact: The total amount of water used each year to produce the wasted food is equivalent to three times the volume of Lake Geneva. Crazy, right?!
Fact: The irrigation water used globally to grow food that is wasted would be enough for the domestic needs (at 200 litres per person per day) of 9 billion people – the number expected on the planet by 2050.
Click to watch our Student Ambassadors’ video to see what they learned at Uns Farm visit about city farming and hydroponics.
Meet the new team of Student Ambassadors inducted into the Water Alliance family in September 2020. Watch this video where many of them they present themselves. Many thanks to Shaivi for compiling the fantanstic group video about their September Actions. Together we aimed to draw attention to water pollution by commemorating World Maritime Day and World River’s Day. Below is a short summary of the many things which were carried out:
This month, Manvith got the most view on his Instagram post explaining his school project about the loss of coral in our oceans. Check out his post here. Adeena is our star this month with the most posts made on Instagram. Check our her account and get informed about water pollution.
Naisha carried out Ocean Creatures Quiz during the month, made a school presentation on water pollution and wrote and illustrated a short story called Little Nyasa telling the tale of a tribal leader living on the banks of the Zui Mui River and the terrible curse which befell him for killing a piranha. Read her story for World River’s Day of how the tribe overcame the curse and pledged to protect the water.
For World Maritime Day, Abaarna told the story of water by bringing to life a water drop named Sweety. Her aim was to remind us all not to pollute water bodies with plastic and industrial waste. Listen to her story here.
A new Instagram channel sharing the story of fast fashion and it’s impact on water was created by Hamda and Rytasha. Check our their first posts here.
Mishal and Mir are helping to give water a voice and communicate vital knowledge about the global water crisis on their new Instagram account @voicesofwater_mnm. We’re especially proud of the in-depth article they wrote which was published in the GEMS Winchester school magazine October issue! They also organized a poster campaign at school on the topic of water pollution. Check out one of their masterpieces here.
Bhakti made a wonderful video drawing attention to the newest threat to our oceans: masks and plastic gloves used to protect us from COVID-19 are now endangering our oceans and life under water! Watch her inspiring video here.
Hridaan wrote his own water pledge this month and led his class in making the commitment to protect water. You can watch a clip in our Instagram Student Ambassador Highlights and meet all our Ambassadors!
Stay tuned to this page to catch all the updates from our Student Ambassadors. October will focus on Food Waste and the associated (and senseless) Wasted Water! Being more mindful of your food choices and taking care not to waste is a simple way to help conserve the world’s water resources! Learn more about the #waterfootprint of food with our Student Ambassadors this month.
Student Ambassasors : September – December 2020
|Abarnaa Sai Veeraraghavan, The Indian High School, Dubai|
|Adeena Asif Mukadam, Gems Cambridge International School Sharjah|
|Alix Laugier, Lycee Francais International Georges Pompidou, Dubai|
|Amoghavarsha Bhat, Dehli Private School, Sharjah|
|Bhakti Venkatesh Hegde, Delhi Private School, Sharjah|
|Hamda Hashi, The Winchester School – Jebel Ali, Dubai|
|Hridhaan Rajani, Global Indian International School, Dubai|
|Isha R Nair, Kings School Nad Al Sheba, Dubai|
|Ishika Nambiar, Gems New Millennium School, Dubai|
|Leana Vesic, Lycee Francais International Georges Pompidou, Dubai|
|Manvith Lobo, Gems New Millennium School, Dubai|
|Mir Faraz, The Winchester School, Jebel Ali, Dubai|
|Mishal Faraz, The Winchester School, Jebel Ali, Dubai|
|Naisha Kalpavraksh, Gems New Millennium School, Dubai|
|Ninaada Bhat, Dehli Private School, Sharjah|
|Rytasha Kumardeen, The winchester school Jebel ali, Dubai|
|Shaivi Srivastava, Gems Founders School, Al Barsha, Dubai|