EarthEcho International, a leading environmental youth leadership organization, teamed up with YES Prep Public Schools for the second year in a row for the 2019 EarthEcho Water Challenge. Hosted at YES Prep Northline last year, this year the water challenge took place at all of our YES Prep campuses with seventh grade (15 campuses total) with a special kickoff event at YES Prep Gulfton on World Water Day, March 22.
Special Guest Kicks Off Event
A special treat at this year’s Water Challenge was having EarthEcho co-founder Philippe Cousteau, Jr., kick off the event. Costeau is a filmmaker, explorer and advocate of environmental and conservation issues, continuing the work of his father, Philippe Costeau, and grandfather, the famed undersea explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
“The Earth Echo World Water Challenge is our global initiative, one of the leading citizen science programs, that helps people all over the planet engage in testing the quality of water in their water shed and taking action to make sure the water that is in their community is safe and healthy,” said Costeau regarding the program. Costeau also shared, “last year’s event with YES Prep was such a success that this year we have 15 YES Prep schools across Houston participating.”
Last year’s event with YES Prep was such a success that this year we have 15 YES Prep schools across Houston participating.”
The Water Challenge event engaged approximately 2,000 YES Prep students, including the 150 students at the kickoff event at YES Prep Gulfton. While the other participating campuses performed the water quality testing during their science class, YES Prep Gulfton 7th graders were able to do the water quality monitoring, as well as other water education programs thanks to the Galveston Bay Foundation. Furthermore, returning to the event this year, and serving as a main sponsor of EarthEcho Water Challenge, Xylem Watermark employees volunteered and assisted students with the water monitoring activities.
Sean Russell, Water Challenge Director with EarthEcho International, shared why it is important to focus on and engage young people, “over half the world’s population is under the age of 25 so if we are serious about addressing the challenges facing our planet and the environment then it is important that we have programs like this that engage young people in a meaningful way.”
If we are serious about addressing the challenges facing our planet and the environment then it is important that we have programs like this that engage young people in a meaningful way.”
How You Can Join EarthEcho Water Challenge
Open to all citizens, students, families and organizations worldwide, the Water Challenge helps anyone to test, monitor and improve the quality of water in their communities. The EarthEcho Water Challenge runs annually from March 22 through December 31 and is comprised of three easy steps:
Test – It all begins by understanding the health of the waterways in your community. Get started by purchasing a simple water quality test kit at www.monitorwater.org.
Share – Participants share their water quality data online through the EarthEcho Water Challenge database and post their stories and photos at www.monitorwater.org or through social media using #MonitorWater.
Protect – Armed with knowledge about local water resources, anyone can use the information and tools available at www.monitorwater.org to protect their local water resources every day.