Students and staff from Oakridge do their bit for water scarcity at Laxmipura village
Globally, water scarcity has become a major issue that needs continuous attention. India is facing the worst water crisis in its history, and 21 Indian cities will run out of groundwater by 2020, a new report from the NITI Aayog said, highlighting the need for “urgent and improved” management of water resources. With nearly 600 million Indians facing high-to-extreme water stress – where more than 40 percent of the annually available surface water is used every year – and about 200,000 people dying every year due to inadequate access to safe water, the situation is likely to worsen as the demand for water will exceed the supply by 2050.
This water crisis is so heartbreaking. There are many ways that we can embrace in our daily lives to save water such as reduction of water wastage, rainwater conservation, planting trees, etc. Bangalore, also popularly known as the technological hub of India is facing the struggle of providing fresh water to its public as well as the problem of water pollution. A survey conducted revealed that almost 85 percent of the lakes in Bangalore had water that could neither be used for agriculture nor industrial use.
Keeping this in mind, our design students of IBDP from Oakridge, one of the top International Schools in Bangalore have been deliberating on solutions and action around this issue. Taking the first step towards sustainable development, they took an initiative called ‘Water Wise Oakridgers’, which is a website asking people to join their hands to become ‘water-wise’ and contribute to the cause of saving precious drops of water.
As part of the launch of this initiative, students and the teachers of Oakridge organized an ‘Afforestation’ drive. Over 72 students along with 10 staff members planted over 250 saplings in and around Laxmipura, Anekal Taluk, who has been severely facing a water crisis. To keep an eye on the trees and its results, they will be going back to those areas in every two months. The event originally intends to help the roots in the ground that could help prevent future water problems. Because trees work as the filtration system that soaks up the fertilizers, metals, pesticides and other dangerous chemicals that you wouldn’t surely want in the waterways.
Gradually, the students will extend their action towards the other areas of Bengaluru with the water crisis and work towards rainwater conservation and increasing the source of clean water to all the inhabitants of the villages that have run out of its groundwater and borewells have been dried up. With Water-Wise Oakridgers, they aim to bring together all the students and parents to protect water sources, prevent and eradicate abuse of clean water and spread the word around the world through these participants. The bigger effort, the faster and powerful the result will be. This apart, there are 6 more websites that our students have created in order to spread awareness about campaigns and the cause.
Students at Oakridge are a generation of responsible and lifelong learners, who are sensitive to their environment and the people around – exhibiting the values of compassion and care. They go beyond their classrooms, explore and interact with the world they live in and circumstances that they come across in day-to-day life, to bring in a positive and remarkable change – true to their spirit. With this event, these students exhibited their conviction to conserve the environment and save water in their city, where it is the need of the hour.
You can visit the water-wise website here and take a pledge to save the most valuable resource on the earth.
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