Children learn about environmental science, ocean conservation at Birch Aquarium
SAN DIEGO, CA – October 28, 2011—San Diego Coastkeeper Executive Director Gale Filter swore in about 200 children as honorary lifetime members at today’s World Water Monitoring Day. In conjunction with Sister Schools of San Diego, Coastkeeper hosted the 10th Annual event at Birch Aquarium to help children understand their role in preserving water quality across the world. The event featured environmental and ocean themed educational activities for the school children from San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, and concluded a student water monitoring program in seven countries.
“World Water Monitoring Day allows students to join together and take a hands-on approach to understanding the value of clean water for people, plants and wildlife,” said Liz Hinkle, Director of San Diego Sister Schools. “Over 500 students in San Diego County and hundreds more around the world will use test kits to monitor water quality in rivers and the ocean near their homes. Students will share their data with others around the world to illustrate the international importance of protecting water quality for which we are all responsible.”
During World Water Monitoring Day, students rotated through a number of interactive water education activities including Coastkeeper’s Water Quality Monitoring and Edible Aquifer, I Love A Clean San Diego‘s Watershed Models, San Diego River Park Foundation’s Bioassesment lesson, Birch Aquarium’s Ocean Acidification lesson and the San Diego County Office of Education’s Splash Lab and Green Machine. This year’s event celebrated public stewardship of water quality and conservation, the importance of clean water in the San Diego Region and educating youth on watershed protection and the value of World Water Monitoring Day.
“It’s essential to connect children to water quality issues in their backyard and across the globe,” said Erin Reynante, San Diego’s Coastkeeper’s Outreach Coordinator. “With World Water Monitoring Day, we’re helping tomorrow’s leaders understand how they can make a difference in protecting and preserving San Diego’s natural resources now.”
The event brings attention to World Water Monitoring Day, which is an international outreach program to build public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world. In addition to the 200 students participating in the event at Birch Aquarium, over 500 students across the county will use test kits to collect and analyze water samples in the coming months. Their water monitoring results will be shared with students around the world who are also participating in water quality monitoring in Japan, Poland, Mexico and Russia.
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Sister Schools of San Diego is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cross-cultural understanding by connecting schools around the globe. Classrooms separated by border, culture, and geography are united through similar interests and common principles. Students participate in collaborative projects ranging from literature and social development to science and technology. By connecting classrooms worldwide, we use the academic setting to conquer ignorance, bridge cultural gaps, and create international friendships. www.sisterschoolsofsandiego.org