BHSS student Imogen Todd said the month particularly focuses on misuse of plastic water bottles and alternatives to using them.
Todd said her Environmental Science class watched the documentary “Blue Gold: World Water Wars,” which compared dwindling water supplies to oil scarcity.
She said the film struck a chord with her classmates because it presented the idea of water as a precious, limited resource.
“We decided that we wanted to do something to improve our student body’s water consumption habits,” she said in an email.
This is the first year of the project, and Todd said she hopes it will continue, depending on the success of it this year.
Students involved with the project will be raffling off water bottles to students who pledge to use water responsibly throughout the month.
Each Friday, students will also be able to watch parts of the documentary “Blue Gold,” which Todd said started the whole project.
Todd said the school decided to pursue the project during MLK’s 40 Days of Peace because it would help foster a better community.
“We thought that our mission of responsible and sustainable water use within our school coincided with the 40 Days of Peace idea of a ‘beloved community’ by promoting education about the issue for all students,” Todd said.
Todd said many different students have been involved with the implementation of the project, with some making T-shirts, working on informational videos and obtaining reusable water coolers for the cafeteria to replace bottled water.
Students at BHSS will also volunteer their time cleaning up Cascades Park.
Todd said because many people in the world don’t have to worry about where their water comes from, they can be lazy about water conservation.
“We have to realize that we’re not the only people who depend on this limited resource and that it is our responsibility to guarantee that we don’t waste or misuse the water that we have in order to make sure that others can also have access to it,” Todd said.
— Sydney Murray
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