Olivia Greenwell is the Campaigns and Communications Officer at WaterAid Australia. Here, she blogs about the fantastic plans for the World Walks for Water and Sanitation across the country!
This week, Australians will walk in every state and territory calling on the Australian Government to put an end to the water and sanitation crisis. In Melbourne, 600 students from Blackburn High School will walk a combined total of 3,000 kms – that is the equivalent of Melbourne to Brisbane and then back again!
In South Australia, the main water utility company, SA Water, will encourage all staff to take a walk for water and sanitation during their World Water Day lunch break. Combined with students walking from Adelaide University there should be a lot of activity in South Australia!
Brisbane walkers have battled local Council permit requirements to bring together over 200 staff and supporters to walk through the CBD.
Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Richard Marles, will ask all politicians to wear a ‘World Walks for Water and Sanitation’ badge in Parliament on 22 March 2012.
In Australia’s region, two countries directly affected by the water and sanitation crisis, Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste, will see a combined total of 500 people walking for water and sanitation this week too!
Photos to follow!