Mobilizing Students in the Water Action Decade through the EarthEcho Water Challenge

Event Summary:

Every March 22nd, EarthEcho International's Water Challenge program celebrates community science by hosting water quality monitoring events to coincide with the United Nations' World Water Day. We kicked off this year at the 2023 UN Water Conference with young leaders in the New York City community and beyond to create a fun and engaging day of learning at the Education Hall of the New York Aquarium. Over 60 students from Ocean Hill Collegiate Charter School and P.S. 90 joined EarthEcho for an in-person event to participate in water protection activities, with a soccer-themed twist, thanks to our partners at New York City Football Club and Xylem Inc. During the World Water Day event at the New York Aquarium, students engaged in hands-on experience testing water quality on the beach near Coney Island and determined what is a healthy waterway. Students then moved to the next station to gain a deeper understanding of how water connects us all in activities designed to connect learning to sports. The final station was facilitated by Xylem Watermark volunteers, where students signed the "Make Your Mark" pledge and learned about the Water Heroes campaign. The day also included the next generation of EarthEcho Water Challenge Ambassadors and Water Heroes in the call for rapid action toward the Water Action Agenda to mitigate climate risk and fulfill EarthEcho’s commitment to 100 Youth-Led Water Improvement Projects.

A special thanks to the New York Aquarium, New York City Football Club, and the team from Xylem Watermark for their support of the EarthEcho Water Challenge.

EarthEcho International (EarthEcho) is a nonprofit 501c3 organization founded in 2005 by siblings Philippe and Alexandra Cousteau in honor of their father Philippe Cousteau Sr., son of the legendary explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau. EarthEcho Water Challenge 2023 commitment:

Beyond running one of the world’s largest community science programs, the EarthEcho Water Challenge, EarthEcho is building a global youth movement to protect and restore our ocean planet in order to create a more sustainable and equitable world. The EarthEcho Water Challenge is made possible through the generous support of Xylem, a leading global water technology company. A diverse group of global partner organizations collaborates with the EarthEcho Water Challenge on outreach, resources, and events. For more information, visit and follow us on social media:

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