Young students from across the London area have had a chance to learn first hand just how important water conservation is this week.
The London-Middlesex Children’s Water Festival is in full swing at Fanshawe Conservation area with 3,600 students in Grades 2 through 5 expected to attend Thursday. The festival began on Tuesday and runs through Friday.
Organizers with the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority have set up 48 stations with hands-on activities revolving around water conservation, preservation and attitudes toward water. There are also activities that feature new science and technology that will play a role in future conservation efforts.
“We have a whole whack of different stations,” Festival Coordinator Karlee Flear tells AM980. “We have people from the City of London that have stations set up talking about where we get our water from (and we have water) taste tests of Lake Huron and Lake Erie.”
Flear says the Thames River is also featured in their displays, including in the Slippery Slopes station and a streams table. Those stations, Flear says, will educate students about how rivers change over time, how we can protect them and their ecosystems as well as the science of erosion.
The forecast is calling for practically ideal conditions on Thursday, so Flear says it’s going to be a fun day spent outside.
Ultimately, organizers hope students go home with with a new-found understanding of the importance of our water supply.
“The take away message is just to appreciate how much fresh water we have and just for them to take note of what a valuable resource it is,” says Flear.
“I think the kids are going to walk away with hundreds of different messages, but I think they’re also going to walk away with a new appreciation.”
Learn more about the Children’s Water Festival at www.childrenswaterfestival.ca