by Jacob vB.
If you’ve been following this blog, you might have read about the H2Origami campaign in posts about about the project’s documentary, or announcing the film’s launch. It’s a campaign that uses art (mainly origami) to raise awareness about water issues and advocate for clean and healthy waterways for people and wildlife.
It evolved from a single project to a global campaign when the creators, myself and my Roots & Shoots group, realized that our plan of action could be explained and broken down into 6 steps. We decided to package these steps as an easily replicable model so that other groups and individuals could use art to advocate for water like we did:
1. LEARN about water issues that affect your local and global community. Finding an issue or cause can be as simple as an Internet search or a walk around your community. Anything from global issues like water privatization, fracking, oil spills, and plastic in the ocean, to local causes like public drinking water access, habitat destruction, local waterway pollution, and water conservation are good reasons to fold.
2. CONNECT with others who are working on similar issues, and members of your community. Depending on the issue or cause you chose to address, there may already be a group or organization involved in it, or there may be a group or organization that focuses on that type of issue, but hasn’t gotten involved yet. Reach out to them and members of your community to gain support for your cause.
3. FOLD origami representing wildlife affected by the issue. We folded ducks, frogs, fish, turtles, beavers, and drinking cups out of reclaimed paper that would otherwise be recycled. We added the drinking cup to our roster of wildlife origami to represent reusable alternatives to plastic water bottles.
4. WRITE water protection messages on the origami. Express yourself with a water protection message or drawing to let community members and leaders know you care and why it’s important for them to care too.
5. SHARE your knowledge and your messages with community members and leaders. You can share your cause with your community in many ways, ranging from creating artful displays of the origami you folded, to offering an H2Origami workshop or tabling at an event to raise awareness about the issue. Depending on the nature of your cause, you may also want to send or deliver your messages to your government leaders.
6. IMPLEMENT measures to conserve and protect water at home, school, work, and play. This may be the most important step of H2Origami because caring for water really starts in your day-to-day life, and includes anything from fixing a leaky faucet to using reusable water bottles instead of plastic ones.
Since it’s launch in 2012, this is the third year that H2Origami will be a global campaign for World Water Day. We put out a call to action in mid-February asking groups and individuals to find a water related cause or issue, locally or globally, that they’re passionate about, and host origami folding party to advocate for it. All the folding parties will be held on the weekend of March 21st for World Water Day. This campaign is our effort to get people involved in the advocacy, care, and awareness of water.
Are you interested in hosting a World Water Day Weekend folding party? Go to H2Origami.org to find out how you can get involved! Also, you can follow the countdown to World Water Day Weekend at Facebook.com/H2Origami.