On World Water Day and in a link up with Lisbon City Hall, the Mirpuri Foundation gave a Sustainability Workshop to around 50 children under the age of 12, at the Monsanto Forest Park, in Lisbon.

The workshop was part of an exciting Lisbon initiative, which saw several events run in tandem to celebrate World Water Day (22nd March).

World Water Day is an annual UN observance day that highlights the importance of freshwater. The day is used to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. It is celebrated around the world with a variety of events.

The Mirpuri workshop was divided into two parts. In an opening session, Foundation’s Ana Agostinho spoke to pupils about their awareness of sustainability issues and explained the serious pollution problems now arising.

The second part of the Mirpuri workshop, presented by Doctor Luíza Mirpuri, Medical Adviser for the Mirpuri Foundation and a respected international voice on the negative impact of microplastics on human health, warned pupils how plastic is slowly “killing the human race”.

Speaking after the event, Dr. Luíza  explained: “It’s important for the Foundation to reach out to school-age children.

“These children are the decision and policy-makers of the future. It’s important that they are left in no doubt about environmental hazards that previous generations have failed to recognise and address.

“We will try to educate them about the growing levels of pollution that our oceans are facing and emphasise that each of us has a part to play in tackling this problem.”