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Environmental Platinum Project: Fixing the National Water Crisis

Shruti Pai, Writer

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Presentation is widely known for its dedication and service to the community. Yearly events such as the Holiday Drives allow all Pres girls to make their own difference in the lives of others each year.

As a part of Community Involvement, Pres girls also have the opportunity to complete a Platinum Project, which allows students to directly give back to the community through education, advocacy, and service. Students work directly with a Community Involvement moderator to create a project aimed at benefiting the disadvantaged and educating the community about important societal issues.

Recently, Junior Isabel Jaffer, Senior Lucia Gomes, and Sophomore Jacqueline Gill have taken their passion for service one step further and have started their own Platinum Project to raise awareness about water pollution and its effect on our communities.

During the season of Mission Drive Pres girls are extremely focused on social issues and helping those in poverty. The goal for this project was to utilize that dedication and apply it to another problem happening in all of our backyards, quite literally.

Water crises affect people all across the globe, from California, to Michigan, to Palestine. While most people understand that this is an issue, they don’t realize what steps that can take to improve this situation. And so the first step to solving this issue is through education, which is exactly what the Environmental Platinum Project is bringing to the Pres community.

What many people do not know is that countless choices they make every day play a big role in water usage and waste, says Gill.

“Eating certain foods results in a lot of water consumption. A gallon of water is required for the processing of a single almond,” said Gomes.

The Environmental Platinum Project gives Pres girls the chance to make a difference right now by learning to be more conscious about the choices they make every day with water consumption, and understanding how they can work to solve this problem in their own community.

Gomes, Jaffer, and Gill kicked off their project with an informational meeting in which they discussed the California drought and the water crisis on a national level, specifically the crisis impacting Flint, Michigan.

“We’re hoping to teach people about the current situation and get them more inspired to go out there and do something for the environment on their own,” said Gill.

But they didn’t just stop at education; on April 4 a group of nine Pres girls as a part of the project travelled to the Guadalupe River Park in Downtown San Jose, where they worked to remove harmful weeds from the river banks. While learning about river pollution and flood technology, students were able to clear out weeds such as Stinging Nettle and create a safer recreational environment for the community.

“Overall with this project we hope Pres girls can learn to be more aware of what impact they’re leaving on the environment and to make sure it’s a good one,” said Gomes.

The next event for the Environmental Platinum Project will be taking place on April 30 at Davenport Beach. Pres girls will be able to take part in a beach clean-up day with their families, making a difference in the environment while spending time with their friends and family.

Gomes, Jaffer, and Gill are creating a great opportunity for students to get more involved in their community, and become more aware of the water crisis around the world. Their passion for the environment and for helping the community really serves as an example for Pres girls looking to complete their own Platinum Project in the future.

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