St+art India Foundation, Living Water Museum and Avid Learning presents an hands on workshop developed by the Living Waters Museum to raise awareness on the different attributes of water in our day to day lives. The first part of the workshop looks at the concept of climate change- its impact on the city’s waters, our daily water footprints and discussions on how we can reduce the same. The second part of the workshop focuses on celebrating our waters bringing in its association with music. The audience not only gets exposure to how water has been used in songs but also how water itself or water carrying utensils can be used as instruments by exploring the scientific aspects of water as a compound.
Sukrit Sen is a Heritage and Disaster Management professional during the day and a musician by night. He has been associated with Indian Classical Music for over 2 decades now and has collaborated with various artists and performed all around the globe. Primarily trained in the Tabla, he also plays many other folk percussion instruments such as the Srikhol. Morsing. Ghatam. Kanjira. Mridangam, Djembe. Cajon, etc. Apart from live concerts he has also designed music for several theatre acts and has been a part of a number of background movie scores for the Bengali Film Industry. As the art and outreach coordinator of the Living Waters Museum he has been researching around water and its association with music for a few years now and he has been working with students in India and the US to look at the role of music and creative arts in raising awareness and advocating climate action.Read more
Every “Trickle” of Water Counts - A Children’s Workshop by Sukrit Sen
Climate change refers to the long-term changes in temperature, precipitation, wind patterns, and other measures of climate that occur over several decades or longer. It is largely caused by human activities, such as the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation, and agriculture, which release large amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. These gases trap heat from the sun and cause the Earth's average temperature to rise, leading to a range of impacts on the environment, including rising sea levels, more frequent and intense extreme weather events, changes in precipitation patterns, and impacts on ecosystems and wildlife.
The water footprint of a country is determined by the sum of the water used by its residents, as well as the virtual water used to produce the goods and services consumed by the country. It is also influenced by its climate and geographical conditions, as well as its level of economic development and technology. For example, the United States has a relatively high water footprint (around 7,800 liters per person per day) due in part to its high levels of industrial activities. On the other hand, it is around 3,000 liters for an Indian per day.
How to Reduce Water Footprint?
Every individual can play a pivotal role in protecting the environment by reducing their water footprint. Start with regularly checking your home for leaks and fixing them as soon as possible, saving both, water and money. Take shorter showers, limiting your time. Low-flow toilets, showerheads, and faucets can save a substantial amount of water compared to traditional fixtures. When buying new appliances, look for those with the WaterSense label, which means they use less water than conventional models. Meat and dairy products are water-intensive, so reducing the consumption of these products can help reduce the water footprint.
Raising Awareness about Water ConservationThrough Music
Musicians partnering with environmental organizations to raise awareness about water conservation. For example, writing songs about water conservation and performing them at events and festivals across the country or creating music videos spreading the message about water conservation. Musicians and other creative professionals can help inspire people to take action and make positive changes in their own lives.
About Living Waters Museum
Established in 2017, Living Waters Museum is a virtual museum that engages youth in visualizing water heritage and re-imagining sustainable, inclusive, and equitable water futures. Through the power of storytelling and technology, we seek to celebrate our water wisdom, inspire youth to look at water from an interdisciplinary perspective, and co-build a digital repository as a source of learning for the future. We are based at the Centre for Water Research at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research IISER- Pune. and are a founding member of the Global Network of Water Museums, endorsed by UNESCO’s International Hydrology Program in 2018.