Yesterday, young people in Denver, CO, participated in World Water Monitoring Day, which is part of an international Challenge that encourages public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies.
Some may say, “What difference does it make if a handful of kids investigate their local waterways?” Here at Earth Force, we believe it makes all the difference. Sure, the act may be small: one student connecting to her local body of water. Then multiply that by the hundreds in Colorado alone; Then by the thousands in the United States; Then by the hundreds of thousands across the world. Suddenly you have a movement. And for that one young person in Denver, CO, who maybe thought she wasn’t making much of a difference, she begins to realize how powerful the impact can be when she’s working towards the same goal as her peers in New York or Australia.
At Earth Force, we believe it only takes one chance, one opportunity, for young people to realize they can effect change. Once a young person realizes he/she has a voice in working towards solutions in their community, many want to continue to be involved. Building these critical civic skills, developing leadership and self-confidence, and engaging youth as citizens TODAY are key to creating a better tomorrow.
As one sixth grader said of yesterday’s experience, “We learned about bacteria and things you can do to stop gross things from going into the water . . . [This was better than the classroom because] you’re actually going out and experimenting and seeing it. I never thought a raindrop could do so much. I’m gonna do things differently like throw trash away and tell my cousins don’t do certain things. If they experienced what I did, they’d probably understand more.”
Sounds like a great idea to me.