World water day – Hot water – launched with Stanley Johnson and Bob Bloomfield

Stanley Johnson and Bob Bloomfield join children for the launch of Hot Water

Stanley Johnson and Bob Bloomfield join children for the launch of Hot Water a  competition to raise awareness of water security by Cool It Schools

Cool It Schools launched Hot Water a video competition for young people today at an event at the London Wetland Centre. hotwater

Bob Bloomfield and Stanley Johnson (Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s dad) spoke at the event. Stanley, who as a European Commissioner significantly led on the EU Habitats Directive, is an Ambassador for the Convention for the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals and spoke of the importance of water to wildlife recalling his recent experiences in the Ecuadorian Amazon in particular. Bob provided some short narratives around water issues drawn from his personal Wake of the Endeavour journey; the Water politics of Andean glaziers between Chile and Argentina (most of southern Argentina’s water falls in the Chilean Andees and water security is a source of tension between the two countires) , The use of hydro electricity in the manufacture of Aluminium in South Island New Zealand and its reliance of water from the Fjordland catchment (and the impact of dam and hydro schemes on the natural cycles of water movement all around the globe); over-exploitation of groundwater for sugar production and salination in Queensland Australia; and traditional water management by the Savunese in Indonesia – Savu lies in the rain-shadow of Australia and there are strong traditional mechanisms for equitable water sharing which is necessarily deep-rooted in the cultural practices on the island, a lesson for our society where the Earth’s water supplies and their impact of people and nature and increasing influenced by human activity.

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Stanley Johnson and Bob Bloomfield with children at the launch of Hot Water video competition by CooI It Schools

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One response to “World water day – Hot water – launched with Stanley Johnson and Bob Bloomfield

  1. Bob Bloomfield and Stanley Johnson gave two wonderful and informative talks at the launch of Hot Water yesterday, giving the young people in the audience insights into the complex story of water based on the two speakers travels, personal stories and expertise.

    When inspirational adults like Bob and Stanley reach out to the next generation, they feed young minds with the best source of information – eyewitness accounts, bringing environmental issues to life.

    Chatting to the school children afterwards when they were tucking into their lunch in the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust cafe, they were firstly so proud to have contributed the pilot Hot Water animation, but moreover the perfectly pitched talks had fired up their ambition to get on and do something themselves – to make more films having spent the previous hour hearing about Stanley walking beneath a parrot eating boa and being disguised as a wading bird and Bob’s epic voyage in the wake of Captain Cook and Charles Darwin and his observations of an ecosystem under stress – the children had been given a vast new world of information in under an hour.

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