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4. Kayak on river

  • From 4 hour to half a day
  • Young people 12-16
  • Lake/River
  • Water Sport

Kayaking on the river could be an educational experience for all young people. This adventurous activity that sees the descent on the river and the importance of group dynamics, closely leads to an awareness of the enormous importance of river for life. The sport location and activities are a good occasion to let the youth reflect on the water footprint. The water footprint tells us how much water is used to produce our clothes, our food, the energy and stuff we daily use. Each participant has a paper water drop stuck on their t-shirt where they write down on water use (for example: Water used to irrigate, Water used to wash the bike). Participants could be divided into 3-4 groups. The game goal is to take and remove the water drops from the other groups and put them in their own “basecamp”. The activity stimulates reflection on the water consumption and different water use, promoting the water protection through pro-environmental behaviour. The game strengthens their responsibility, empathy and team building.

Activities to develop

PERSONAL AND SOCIAL SKILLS

How much water is in my T-shirt? This kind of activity promotes responsibility and awareness on water scarcity and water protection. The game works on the sense of space, movement, time and enforces teamwork. New scientific skills are also acquired. Include in your activity, proposals such as: -Water consumption and Pollution Planning a reflection moment at the end of the activity on our water consumption and water pollution Water footprint calculation by using the app
  • Critical thinking
  • Teamworking

Video: What is your water footprint?

Don’t have a cow man. Improve your wellness by reducing your water footprint.
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Activities to develop

PRO-ENVIRONMENTAL BEHAVIOURS

This group game enforces our daily responsibility on water protection as a vital element in discovering our habits and promoting the adoption of a more sustainable life-style. The activity strengthens the following behaviour:
  • Reduce water consumption (directly and indirectly)
  • Reduce water pollution

Video: Are we running out of clean water?

Despite water covering 71% of the planet’s surface, more than half the world’s population endures extreme water scarcity for at least one month a year. Current estimates predict that by 2040, up to 20 more countries could be experiencing water shortages.
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Activities to develop

THE EMOTIONAL CONNECTION WITH NATURE

Stimulate youths towards a new way to think about water consumption. This activity stimulates responsibility, awareness, reflection and action towards new more sustainable habits. Include in your activity, proposals such as
  • Water experiments on the river waters
  • Sampling and recognition of water river animals

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