Bozeman, Mont. — The Project WET Foundation is sharing its award-winning water resources education materials and worldwide network of partners to encourage involvement in #MyWaterStory, a global social media conversation culminating in World Water Day activities hosted by the Vatican. The #MyWaterStory campaign, developed by graduate students from Ball State University’s Center for Emerging Media Design & Development (EMDD) in conjunction with leading journalists and scientists from Circle of Blue, seeks to encourage discussion about the values and value of water.
“It is an honor to be part of this global initiative to draw attention to water and the importance of knowledge and education as being part of addressing water challenges and opportunities,” said Dennis Nelson, the president and CEO of the Project WET Foundation. “Project WET’s action-oriented water education materials will inspire young people to be part of the worldwide dialogue that #MyWaterStory is generating.”
The #MyWaterStory campaign serves as a way to capture and filter responses to this global water conversation. Through the websites worldwatervalues.org and bluerootsproject.org, people from around the world will submit water stories using six water themes. Each theme includes prompts to respond to through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the #MyWaterStory hashtag. The site encourages people to think about the value of water in their own lives and to respond with multimedia content, such as videos, audio recordings, tweets, photos, artistic work and more.
The website also includes a teacher resource page with links to free, downloadable education materials from Project WET for a global audience of K-12 educators who want to integrate discussions about the value of water and World Water Day into their lesson plans. EMDD and Circle of Blue worked with Project WET to offer the most appropriate resources, and materials include suggestions by age range. Project WET will also be enlisting their national and international networks of partner organizations to spread the word about the initiative.
The campaign focuses on resetting the understood value and values of water by creating new networks, generating inspiring stories, educating and engaging an international audience and heightening the urgency for action by policy makers, innovators and the public. The #MyWaterStory campaign culminates in a daylong event at the Vatican on World Water Day, an annual observation organized by the United Nations. “Watershed: Replenishing Water Values for a Thirsty World" will gather inspiring speakers, scientists, artists, storytellers, musicians and historians for live-streamed, interactive broadcast. Circle of Blue Co-founder & Director J. Carl Ganter also highlighted the project at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Nicole Rosenleaf Ritter, Communications Manager, Project WET Foundation