H2O Heroes - sustainability for London schools
Global Action Plan is working with Thames Water on H2O Heroes. Thames Water supplies households and businesses in London and wants to encourage students from the city's schools to learn more about water sustainability. In doing so they aim to build promote better water use, while the children learn new skills such as communications. It's good for the planet, and good for the children too.
About H2O Heroes
H2O Heroes gives students the skills and support to design their own behaviour-change campaign - to get fellow students and their communities saving water.
We run workshops to get students thinking about the sustainability of our water supply, and encourage them to talk to peers, teachers and families about it. This helps them spot the ways people waste water, such as showering for longer than five minutes.
Armed with this knowledge, they put together a plan to tackle water waste in their school, which includes engaging the wider school community. Each school involved with H2O Heroes also receives a free water audit.
Since 2014 H2O Heroes has involved 41 schools and trained 720 children. Students' campaigns have included posters, stalls, computer games, bake sales and competitions.
One school ran a Water Day, which included guessing how much water different buckets contained. Another connected with a school in Pakistan to share water saving tips, and understand more about water use around the world.
Each year, after their water saving campaigns, all of the participants come together for an event to showcase their campaigns and choose a winner for that year.
Impact of H2O Heroes
- 41 schools
720 students trained
3.9 million litres of water saved
21 tonnes of CO2e saved
H2O Heroes winners
Elmhurst Primary School, Newham (pictured)
Trinity Church of England School, Belvedere
Alexander McLeod Primary School, Greenwich
Newstead Wood Girls’ School, Bromley
What do children think of the H2O Heroes scheme?
2018 winners Elmhurst Primary got to make a film as their prize
Get involved with H2O Heroes
Global Action Plan is looking for schools in Wandsworth, Ealing and Newham to take part in this year’s H2O Heroes programme. If you’re interested in taking part, or would like to find out more information, email us or call us on 0207 420 4444.
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