World Water Day event celebrates youth action, sustainable global change
March 19th, 2015 -- The inspiring actions of youth were on full display at Calgary’s largest annual World Water Day event, hosted by CAWST, Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015.
The event saw 450 Calgarians come together at the beautiful Devonian Gardens to celebrate the city’s impact on local and global water issues through CAWST’s domestic Youth Wavemakers program and the Calgary-based charity’s work in 68 developing countries to improve access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.
Youth from 15 Calgary-area schools (including from Siksika and Edmonton) showcased the water action projects they are doing through the Youth Wavemakers program. Their projects range from fundraising for CAWST, awareness-building activities, installing reusable water bottle-filling stations in their schools, online games for youth to engage youth on global water issues and cross-cultural events celebrating the sacredness of water, among other projects.
“Each year we are amazed by the passion and drive shown by youth,” Wavemakers program manager Michelle Macdonald said. “They are not only learning a lot through their action projects, but they are achieving meaningful, sustainable impact and inspiring people of all ages to engage in local and global water issues.”
CAWST CEO Shauna Curry spoke to the audience about this year’s global World Water Day theme of “Water and Sustainable Development”, highlighting the work CAWST does overseas to build local knowledge and skills as a means to achieving sustainable change in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector.