EkoSkola Young People’s Summit focuses on water sustainability
Following the initiative launch by of HSBC’s Water Programme, this year’s EkoSkola Young People’s Environmental Summit, held today, was opened to all schools including those participating in the ‘Catch the Drop Campaign’. More schools could participate this year thanks to support from HSBC Water Programme.
For the first time, this third edition of the summit dedicated its plenary session entirely to water sustainability and water conservation measures in Malta. This session included a presentation on the National Water Management Plan for 2014, a short video with local water facts, and a video overview about HSBC Malta’s ‘Catch the Drop Campaign’ - a strategic 3-year programme supported by HSBC Group to raise awareness about water conservation and stimulate positive change towards sustainable fresh water in this country.
To raise awareness on water issues beyond Malta’s borders, a presentation was also given by HSBC Malta staff volunteers who related their recent experiences in Ghana at WaterAid project sites. With HSBC’s support this project is helping to improve water access and quality of life in various communities.
During the summit, a focused forum with workshops and discussions on sustainable development was lead by Ministers and experts to address five key themes. The conservation of water as a precious resource with reference to Malta was one of the topics examined at length, together with energy management, waste management, achieving sustainability as a family unit, and student empowerment.
Over these last 11 years, EkoSkola has been instrumental in fostering active citizenry at local and national levels. Students participating in this national programme have shown their commitment towards sustainability by actively participating with local councils in discussions and projects aimed at fostering a better quality of life in various localities. Moreover, EkoSkola students engage in face-to-face debates on environmental issues with the country's official policy makers in the annual EkoSkola Parliament Session.