Celebrate World Water Week at Chief Sealth International High School

Who: You!

What: World Water Week comes to Seattle.

When: March 21 – 25, 2011.

Where: Chief Sealth International High School – 2600 SW Thistle Street, Seattle, WA 98106.

Why: Raise awareness of local and global water issues.

Global Visionaries Youth Board Leader Molly Freed and Global Leadership Class teacher Noah Zeichner have brought World Water Week to Seattle to raise awareness for local and global water issues.

This week-long festival at Chief Sealth International High School will include a series of workshops and presentations aimed at focusing attention on sustainable management of freshwater sources, according to the World Water Day 2011 website.

You are welcomed to attend a free lecture by author and public policy professor Robert Glennon on March 21, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at Chief Sealth International High School.

Glennon is the author of “Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What to Do About It.” He is the Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy in the Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. Glennon investigates America’s wasteful use of water and argues that this unsustainable path must change. His book has been praised by members of the United Nations General Assembly and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Congressman Jay Inslee will introduce the week’s programs and Glennon’s talk will be preceded by a special video message from Alexandra Cousteau, a famed global water activist and filmmaker. Representatives from the Duwamish Tribe will also attend to provide a blessing for World Water Week.

Before the keynote lecture at 6:15 p.m., there will be a water resource fair with tables from local government and non-profit organizations. There will also be live jazz music and refreshments. We encourage you to attend this exciting event and to bring as many students, friends and colleagues with you.

These events are part of the Local Ideas Festival supported by the Bezos Family Foundation. Molly Freed attended last year’s Local Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado after being selected as a 2010 Bezos Scholar. Noah Zeichner is a Chief Sealth teacher and past GV trip leader.

The goal of World Water Week is to “promote understanding of the relationship between members of our local community with water here and around the world, with the emphasis on improving that relationship through conservation and local action addressing equal access for all global citizens.” (World Water Week- A Local Ideas Festival’s Facebook page.)

The rest of the week will be devoted to introducing Chief Sealth students with career and internship opportunities in the areas of water advocacy and the environment as well as in-school workshops.

The Friday of World Water Week will be a powerful day for students. In place of their regular class schedule, students will experience what getting clean water is like for a majority of people around the world. According to UN Water, 827.6 million people worldwide live in slums, often lacking access to clean water and sanitation services.

In an act of support and solidarity, students and staff will carry one to five gallons of water around the high school track for a couple of miles. This is designed to simulate what many folks around the globe routinely undertake in order to provide water for their families.

The World Water Week is the culmination of Chief Sealth’s water fundraising month. Throughout the month of March the school is fundraising for Water 1st International, whose mission is to provide safe water and toilets as a step toward ending poverty, illness and inequality on a global scale.

Water 1st International has implemented hundreds of water projects in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Honduras and India.

Global Visionaries thanks Molly Freed and Noah Zeichner for demonstrating a commitment toward environmental justice. You can read more about the Global Leadership Class here.

To learn more about World Water Week please visit the Seattle chapter’s Facebook page. Click here for additional promotional materials. If you have any further questions, feel free to ask Noah Zeichner at nczeichner@seattleschools.org.

We look forward to seeing you there!

For further information, please check out these resources:

World Water Week Seattle poster

World Water Week Seattle news release


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