One oxygen atom and two hydrogen molecules can create treasure. The greatest treasure on this planet is not actually gold, diamonds or a rare painting by Picasso. Our greatest wealth and our most prized possession is … water.
Johannesburg based environmental NGO, Green Beings, teamed up with Cosmo City schools, Rand Water and Smokolo to promote water conservation and awareness for Water Week 2015. Green Beings equips developing communities with the necessary skills for eco-sustainability and has been working in the Cosmo City schools for the past five years.
Our brains run on water!
The reason for human intelligence is that we have the most complex brain of all animals on earth. Our cognition grants us the ability to dominate in the animal kingdom. Yet, the human brain is actually made up of 70-80% water!
According to Dr. Corinne Allen, founder of the Advanced Learning and Development Institute, brain cells need two times more energy than other cells in the body. Water, is the very substance that can provide the electrical energy to the brain for all its functions, including thought and memory processes. Hence, if your brain is functioning on a full reserve of water, you will be able to think with clarity and stay focused. So, thanks to water, our brain can do what it needs to do for us.
Water Week was celebrated in Cosmo City from 16 – 24 March so as to not coincide with school holidays. The Cosmo City Schools were encouraged to take part and be active citizens. It is a movement that increases environmental awareness as well as promotes the water-wise message.
At the awareness assemblies Green Beings Eco-Guides addressed the primary school learners and promoted water saving at home and at school. Learners learnt a new song and dance all about saving water, the over-riding theme was “Water is Life”. In collaboration with Rand Water, the Cosmo City primary schools received an educational puppet show, which teaches the learners to keep our natural spaces, especially water sources (rivers, dams and the ocean) clean. The puppet show uses common African animals such as the mongoose, hippopotamus and crocodile to convey the water-wise message.
The Cosmo City high schools also had an awareness assembly conducted by the Green Beings Eco-Guides, they were joined by a kwaito Group from Soweto called Smokolo. Besides the informative presentation geared towards the youth, a water-wise song “Its our Future its our Life”, produced by Mandla was performed. Smokolo are wonderful role-models to convey messages to high school kids.
We challenge YOU to conserve water in every way possible in your daily lives this year. We want you to realise how much of this clear liquid we need. Water is our greatest gift. Without it, nothing exists.
The easiest way to conserve water is to be conscious of what we eat – the less meat and take-aways you eat, the more water you save.
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