This month, as part of GREENevada’s series on how to be water smart, each GREENevada organization is sharing what they’re doing to combat the drought.
At ACE, Alliance for Climate Education, we educate high school students about climate change and empower them to take action. We do this in two ways: The ACE Assembly combines current climate science with pop-culture entertainment. Secondly, we offer all students a chance to take action. For some, it’s a simple lifestyle change. For others, it’s hands-on preparation for a lifetime of leadership.
Simple lifestyle changes we call DOTs. A DOT is a pledge to Do One Thing to fight climate change. We ask all students who see the ACE Assembly to pick a DOT. And in northern Nevada, we ask all students to pick a water DOT.
What are these water DOTs? Below are some examples, all thought up by northern Nevada students.
- Take shorter showers
- Take fewer showers! (This one gets groans from fellow classmates.)
- Only do big loads of laundry
- Water the lawn less — or even STOP watering the lawn
- Eat less red meat (Cause it takes a lot of water to raise a cow)
- Carry a reusable water bottle (This might not save water locally, but it’s a great step to reduce waste.)
Collecting DOT pledges from around school is a great way to get all students involved in water conservation. You can also display all the DOTs together in a DOT mural – an artistic depiction of each student’s DOT. Check out how to make a DOT mural here.
Got a water DOT of your own? Share it below!