Meet the new environmental leaders, Milwaukee!

We believe everyone, everywhere, has a role to play in water’s protection and care. This belief is part of everything we do, and it’s why we started our Water School program in 2014. Since then, over 75 people all across Milwaukee have participated in a dozen Water School projects specifically aimed at building new water leaders.
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We believe everyone, everywhere, has a role to play in water’s protection and care. This belief is part of everything we do, and it’s why we started our Water School program in 2014. Since then, over 75 people all across Milwaukee have participated in a dozen Water School projects specifically aimed at building new water leaders.

Because here’s the thing – environmental stewardship belongs to all of us. We want to make sure folks who have typically been excluded from this important work find their place here, now. Let’s be very clear – it’s not that folks who haven’t participated don’t care. It’s that we haven’t made big enough spaces for difference in the movement. If we want to build a better water future here in Milwaukee, all of Milwaukee needs to be engaged.

So that’s what we do – we create opportunities for new environmental leaders, and then we get out of the way. So often, well intentioned folks already part of environmental work make the mistake of telling new community members what they should care about. But that excludes so many lived experiences and hinders opportunities for all of us to learn.

When we got out of the way, youth participants at this summer’s TRUE Skool program site researched aquaponics growing systems, built one of their own, and then channeled their inspiration into writing a hip hop song about water. To help get the word out, they produced and directed a music video to accompany it.

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At each of our Water School sites, we’ve seen this kind of tremendous enthusiasm, and it’s so inspiring to watch this type of experiential learning unfold. We’re proud of the work we’ve done to create this space, but we’re prouder still of the amazing leadership stepping up at each of these Water School sites. This is the next wave of environmental leadership in Milwaukee. We have a lot to learn from these leaders.

You can support this great work by donating today. Any amount helps us provide the support and resources our Water School program sites need to succeed.

Thank you for all you do for Milwaukee's water future.

 

Milwaukee Water Commons is a cross-city network that fosters connection, collaboration and broad community leadership on behalf of our waters. We promote stewardship of, equitable access to and shared decision-making for our common waters.