24 April 2018 Go back to News
An Taisce Green-Schools and Irish Water mark annual event in Glendalough
Leinster schools participated in a ‘Walk for Water’ event in Glendalough to mark World Water Day 2018
Today over 100 students from Leinster schools participated in a Green-Schools ‘Walk for Water’ event in Glendalough to mark World Water Day 2018. The students walked six kilometres carrying six litres of water to highlight water scarcity and experience the journey travelled every day by women and children to access clean water in countries with issues of water scarcity.
The theme for World Water Day 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century. Damaged ecosystems affect the quantity and quality of water available for human consumption.
Now an annual fixture on the Green-Schools Water programme calendar, the event provides an opportunity for students and teachers to come together to raise awareness in a fun environment.
Green-Schools Manager Cathy Baxter highlighted the importance of the event: “This is our sixth year holding Walk for Water events and each year students tell me they will never forget it and that it has been one of their best days ever! We are lucky to have such a beautiful place like Glendalough to visit and learn about important global issues.”
We are walking for water in Glendalough today to raise awareness about the lack of access to clean water for many people around the world.
Annabel FitzGerald, Regional Lead
Commenting on the ‘Walk for Water’ event Annabel FitzGerald, Irish Water said: “Irish Water is delighted to partner with Green-Schools supporting the implementation of sustainable water programmes in schools across Ireland and to raise awareness of and engagement in global water related issues.
We are walking for water in Glendalough today to raise awareness about the lack of access to clean water for many people around the world. It is fantastic to see so many students taking part, allowing them to walk in another person’s shoes and see the challenges involved in gaining access to clean water for many around the world.”
Schools all over the country have also been holding their own “Walk for Water” events in their local schools and communities as part of their work on the Green-Schools programme.
For more information on our partnership with Green-Schools check out our Community Section.