Water is essential for life. No living being on planet Earth can survive without it. However, nearly two in ten people in the world have no source of safe drinking water. According to the UN World Water Development Report, by 2050, at least one in four people is likely to live in a country affected by chronic or recurring shortages of freshwater.
The world is waking up to the water and sanitation crisis. Given the magnitude of the task, in December 2003, the United Nations General Assembly, proclaimed the period 2005-2015 International Decade for Action 'Water for Life'.
The Decade is now officially drawing to a close on World Water Day, 22 March 2015. As the end of the ‘Water for Life' Decade approaches, United Nations is capturing the Voice of People to show how people's efforts have contributed to its success.
Shreya Singh is leading the campaign from China by using "Water for Life" logo. The video captures the Voice of her experience, hopes for the future and the contribution.
An Environmental Awareness Reach-Out program for schools in Dalian, China, was organized during the time of Earth Day 2014, named as the Earth Week. Students conducted educational workshops consisting of games, quizzes, presentations, etc. to enhance water protection awareness about water conservation. We went to Dalian No. 24 High School and Maple Leaf International School to carry out our awareness program. THIRST-NGO trained us to become certified facilitators of running water awareness workshops around China.
We covered 1,600 students in the program in total. arroyo music was also widely distributed among the students. It was very engaging to spread the message of saving water to even a larger audience.
During the summer of 2014, Shreya Singh participated in the World Youth Economic Forum, a four-day conference held in Shanghai where university and high school students assemble and discuss issues of global economic importance: issues that the current leaders in finance, economics, and commerce strive to find solutions for. The World Youth Economic Forum is hosted by ASDAM from the UK and Global Undergraduate Economic Forum based at Yale University, Ivy Leagues and other higher education institutions.
The forum is divided into 11 committees and Shreya Singh was in the Sustainable Infrastructure and Real Estate Development Committee. The committee aimed to create policy solutions to the issues that plague cities, and also focused on how to accommodate for the growth of cities without negatively impacting the environment.
The experience of attending this forum was valuable as it provided a real life scenario of how policy makers craft decisions and the complicated steps that must be taken. Compromise and responsibility are the two key aspects that should be considered before resolving any issues. Whose responsibility is it after all?
Towards the end of the conference, each committee designed a White Paper, which provided concrete solutions to the issues that the committees tackled. It was interesting to collaborate, debate and interact with students from all over the world.
During the summer of 2014, Shreya Singh also attended the six-day Washington Youth Summit on the Environment in Fairfax, Virginia. The event, attended by 250 High School delegates, was hosted by the National Geographic Society, George Mason University, and Smithsonian National Zoo. During the event, participants were given an opportunity to dialogue with distinguished faculty, nationally and internationally recognized speakers, and have direct access to elite D.C. practitioners.
During the Summit, Shreya and many other students were delighted to interact with aspiring environmentalists and share common goals about the environment. It was inspiring to see the passionate work of people like Mayor Chavez, one of most dynamic mayors in USA, Gina McCarthy of Environmental Protection Agency, Stephanie Meadows of American Petroleum Institute, Andrew Williams of Environmental Defense Fund and many other individuals dedicated on making a difference in the world. Simulations, panel discussions, and lectures were also held to discuss some of the major environmental issues.
One of the major emphases during this Summit was that the future of world lies in the hands of the Youth. It is up to us take initiatives and make a difference in the world.
A full day event in April-2013 with all the students of Dalian American International School with parents, consisting of environmental awareness activities, fun-games and quiz programs.
An NGO – THIRST was also invited for Water awareness activities and formation of the human- Dragon (400+ participants) to represent water protection in China.
The impact on students and teachers was stronger and long lasting. Younger students started thinking about usage of water in their daily lives and also made an effort to make the whole school as Water Smart School.
The Earth Day event has been organized in Dalian American International School, China since 2011. If you wish to organize the similar event, the attached PDF document would be a good reference. Click here for pdf document.
The Beach Cleanup is a collaborative event organized by the students of Dalian American International School, China. The core objective of the program is to enhance the awareness among the nearby schools in Golden Pebble Beach area (Yellow Sea) and the community about the scale and serious consequences of the beach debris.
It is also the first step of every year to ensure the residents of Golden Pebble Beach area can enjoy a cleaner coastal environment. The activity provides a great opportunity to the students of the school of Dalian American International School to interact with students from the Chinese local school, to make new friends, and to practice their oral Chinese and English skill.
The Beach Clean-up event has been organized in Dalian American International School, China since 2011. If you wish to organize the similar event, the attached PDF document would be a good reference. Click here for pdf document.
A 3-day event organized by THIRST and supported by UNESCO and Indi Tex consisting of Water Conservation seminars, largest human-dragon formation in the world (as confirmed by the Guinness Book Of World Records) and Business/ Environment Leader’s Roundtable with students, national media and virtual participants from China in November, 2013. Shreya was one among the six panelists during the Leader’s roundtable and a key member of all the other activities.