Irish Water and Green-Schools Partnership
Green-Schools and Irish Water launch seventh year of partnership with over 100k students and teachers taking part in the Water programme
The Water Theme
An Taisce’s Green-Schools programme has teamed up with Irish Water for a seventh year to support schools working to gain a Green Flag under the water theme. The water theme aims to increase awareness of water conservation among primary and secondary school students. Last year, school children across Ireland saved over 203 million litres of water, the equivalent of over 350 million cups of tea, thanks to their participation in this programme.
This academic year 2019/2020 just over 97,000 students and 8,000 teachers around the country will undertake the Green-Schools water theme in their school. As part of Irish Water’s sponsorship of the water theme schools will be invited to attend water workshops, take part in the annual poster and video competition, apply to be Water Ambassadors, participate in beach cleans and Walk for Water events, teacher seminars and, following their application for the Green Flag, all schools are in with a chance to be named Ireland’s Water School of the Year 2020.
Theme for 2019/2020
The theme for 2019/2020 is Water and Our Changing Climate.
Ambassadors and artists
This year will see the return of the Green-Schools Irish Water poster competition and the Ambassador Programme for secondary school students. The poster competition will focus on this year’s UN World Water Day theme and asks students to create posters focused on water and our changing climate. Secondary school students will also be able to enter a group video, a new element to this year’s competition.
This year’s Ambassador Programme for secondary schools has seen high levels of applicants as secondary school students become more focused on climate action and helping their environment. Training days for successful applicants begin in early November and focus on equipping students with as much water-based knowledge as possible alongside communication skills training and a visit to a water treatment plant.
Water workshops for primary and secondary schools in 22 locations around Ireland have also started for this academic year. These workshops focus on peer to peer learning and the invited students leave with action plans and resources to assist them in undertaking the water theme in their school.
Walk for Water
The Walk for Water events will take place in three locations on World Water Day in March 2020. The students will walk 6km carrying 6 litres of water to highlight water scarcity and experience the journeys travelled every day by women and children to access clean water in countries where water is scarce.
Each year millions of tonnes of marine litter enter our seas and oceans, resulting in environmental, economic, health and aesthetic challenges. The beach clean-ups help the Green-Schools ambassadors realise the importance of removing marine litter from our beautiful coastline and in turn protect our coastal habitats and marine life.
Green Flag Award
Schools awarded the Green Flag last year demonstrated how, on average, they decreased their water usage by one third. They achieved this through increasing user awareness and conservation, installation of water displacement devices, rainwater collection, and installing water saving devices.
We would like to thank the Green-Schools programme and all participating schools for their continued commitment to water conservation and protection.