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2013: World Water Day

Education Activities in Mainland China and Hong Kong


Only 2.5% of the water on the planet is fresh water (the rest is salt water), and only 0.5% of that global fresh water resource is accessible. According to United Nations statistic, water use has been growing at more than the rate twice of population increase in the last century. If the situation remains unchanged, by 2025, two-thirds of the world population could be under stress conditions and 1,800 million people will be living in regions with absolute water scarcity.

There is 70% -80% of Hong Kong’s drinking water comes from Dongjiang, which the headstream is located at XunwuCounty, Jiangxi Province. The economy and livelihoods of 40 million people in Heyuan, Weizhou, Dongguan, Shenzhen and Hong Kong rely on Dongjiang. In Hong Kong, we can access to water easily whenever we turn on the tap. We may easily forget how fragile and precious water resources is, forget the hidden cost behind clean water,as well as our responsibilities to protect it.

To invite public to join hands with FoE (HK) to protect water resources and Dongjiang, we rolled out various public education activities in Hong Kong and Mainland China for the World Water Day 2013 (22 March).


Mainland China: The First Youth Water Forum in Guangzhou


Youth Water Forum in Guangzhou, 2013

In order to encourage youngsters to pay more attention to the eco-environment of Dongjiang headstream, the first Youth Water Forum was held on 16 March at Guangzhou, with over 60 youngsters and experts from Jiangxi, Guangdong and Hong Kong gathered to seek for ways to protect the ecology of Dongjiang headstream zone. During the process, participating youth worked in groups and raised several initial action proposals to protect Dongjiang headstream. It is encouraging to see how enthusiastic and capable young people are to turn ideas into action to protect the environment.

At the end of the forum, Friends of the Earth (HK) introduced the I Green Dongjiang Small Fund Scheme and welcome participants to apply for it. We believe in young people’s potentials and we are willing to provide platforms and support young people to learn, take action and responsibility to protect water resources and Dongjiang’s sustainability.


Hong Kong: Save Water Creatively


Students from Gaia School shared creative tips with Hong Kong people

It’s time to take water saving to another level! To arouse public concern on saving water, FoE (HK) had invited ex-director the of Hong Kong Observatory, together with teachers and pupils from RTC Gaia School to share their water-saving tips. We have created online videos and teaching kit to invite Hong Kong citizens and schools to take real and creative actions to save water. For example, we can start with looking at our water bill. Water-saving is not simply a slogan but a lifestyle that demand our real action and constant efforts. It can also be fun and creative!


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