More than 250 students from Lozère were made aware of the richness of water.
“What we couldn’t do, maybe they will one day.“This Thursday, May 19, all parties had agreed. The Ministry, National Education, the mixed union, RéeL-CPIE 48 (Environmental Education Network of Lozère, Permanent Center for Environmental Initiatives), and all the actors of the departmental day of environmental education (JDEE) have not stopped repeating it: the Today’s children are tomorrow’s citizens.
Through the prism of water, nine educational workshops were offered to 18 infant and primary school students, that is, 250 schoolchildren from Lozère, to raise their awareness of respect for nature and of climate problems. An operation organized by the RéeL-CPIE teams on the banks of the Tarn, in Quézac, and financed by the Department, within the framework of the environmental education contracts of Lozère (CEEL).
“Water is a scarce resource. “Olivier Kania de Réel 48 quickly dotted the “i”. Alexandre Monneret, secretary general of the departmental services of National Education, added: “The issue of the environment is fundamental. Sensitization to children of that age? It is teaching them respect for nature, teaching them citizen gestures. Through all the educational elements offered during this day, children appropriate mechanisms to deal with local climate problems.“Clearly, young people are the present, but also the future in managing the environmental crisis.
Understand, learn and protect yourself
What exactly do these workshops contain? “The idea is to inform them about floods and the management of watercourses. But also to understand how a river behaves naturally “, said Stéphanie Braud, project manager at the upstream Tarn basin mixed union and specialist in water use.
In other words, understand how developments and human actions can impact flood management. And above all, how to protect yourself in the event of a crisis. Models, conferences, exchanges, slide shows were thus offered to schoolchildren, this Thursday, May 19.
Regarding these issues, in Lozère, the waters of the Tarn are concerned. “There are episodes in the Cévennes distributed differently throughout the year. We were used to flooding in the fall. Today, these episodes are more violent and more frequent.continued the specialist in the use of water. For these reasons, we talk more about climate change. During a year, the same amount of water falls but not at the same time. The risk of concentration, at certain times of the year, is high. Therefore, the risk of flooding is unpredictable. We try to explain to the children that there are plans to prevent the risk of flooding, areas in which we can or cannot build.“
Water, a destructive good but that at the same time can become scarce in the coming years. A decidedly really brilliant subject.