How much water is used during a five minute shower?
How much water goes into producing one pound of beef?
What percentage of the human body is made up of water?
How many people in the world live without access to clean drinking water?
These are just a few of the questions addressed in Episcopal Relief and Development’s Act Out series; Empowering Youth to Heal a Hurting World, Clean Water and Sanitation. This curriculum is designed for 11-15 year olds to be used in an over-night thematic retreat. It can easily be adapted for older youth and to a camp setting or a series of weekly youth group activities.
The hope is that participants will not only learn facts about clean water but also learn how they are connected—to one another and to the people around the world who experience the lack of clean water as part of their daily lives. There are many community-building activities throughout the event, with the hope that as youth begin to feel more connected to one another, particularly those they don’t know well, they will also begin to feel connected to their brothers and sisters worldwide.
It is important for our rising generations to learn about the inter-connectivity of human activity in the world. Environmental factors are intertwined with those experiencing poverty and privilege. We need to begin with raising awareness and offering ways for youth to act toward reconciling human activity in helpful ways in the world.
In addition to education we can encourage the rising generation to give to “green” efforts across the world. Try out the Gifts for Life catalogue at Episcopal Relief and Development. The Green Gifts Section would make a good project for a class or group to engage during a season.
Share your ideas and efforts for acting.