Clean water technologies - A workshop at the Embassy of Finland, Nyaya Marg, New Delhi
The WISE Foundation in association with the Embassy of Finland has been organising workshops for school students in Delhi NCR. A group of four students of Grade 9 from our school had the opportunity to participate in the module that dealt with Clean Water Technologies on 9th Dec 2019.
The workshop began with some information on Finland. We were happy to learn that Finland was rated as the world's happiest country, that it had the cleanest air, the best education system, etc. We then had an interactive discussion on SDGs and we discussed each goal in detail. It was a great experience as we learnt from the perspectives of other participants on these goals, especially women empowerment, clean water and sanitation, and sustainable cities. Participants from every school gave their ideas and suggestions as to how we can achieve these goals in our own country and how we're lacking them currently.
We then went on to the last, but more focused part of the workshop which was on clean water technology. We were told about a few of Finland's systems and how Finland should and could collaborate with India to make these systems functional in our country too. We learnt about the water cycle and how India has an ample amount of water and the rainfall here is abundant compared to other areas of the world. However, the only problem is that we don't conserve and harvest it, which leads to "water starvation" which is a situation that is immensely repairable.
This was followed by a break after which each school was told to think of the places within our school wherein the most water was consumed. One of the ideas our group spoke about how washing plates consumes a huge amount of water especially considering the growing number of children in school therefore we should use paper plates. Paper plates are biodegradable and this not only solves our water problem, it solves our waste food problem too. We can bury the plates in soil along with the waste food, hence, not harming the environment, and saving several litres of water. We did realise that this would require another type of logistics and may spring other challenges.
Further on, we were given a science kit by the Embassy relating water filtration and were also given a plant that we later planted in the embassy itself. In all, it was a wonderful experience that helped each of us understand different perspectives on some of the most crucial issues our world is facing currently. We also learned in brief ways in which we can contribute to the betterment of our water availability and sanitation. The workshop was a very good learning experience and we hope to share our learnings with our peers in school.