FreshWater Watch has run its first Citizen Science Leader training day for HSBC employees with hearing impairments, in Curitiba, Brazil.
The training day - which took place in Curitiba’s Botanical Gardens, in May - saw 20 new Citizen Science Leaders (CSLs) trained, including seven with hearing impairments. CSLs learnt about the importance of preservation of water resources, gained knowledge about water challenges, and were trained to evaluate and classify the water quality of rivers and urban streams.
Two interpreters took turns translating the event into sign language, ensuring that all colleagues could enjoy the day and take advantage of the content.
One participant, Veronica Blanc, said:
"I received an email informing me that the programme would have interpreters, and I was very pleased! I learnt a lot about the importance of water from the training I received…and it showed me how I can I contribute. I'm pleased that HSBC helped us to learn about this issue."
c. Ednei Fialho Lopes
New experiences and knowledge
As well as gaining new experiences and knowledge, employees will contribute to scientific research on water quality in urban environments by sampling rivers and streams within their city every two months.
By October, eight more CSL training days will have been delivered in Curitiba, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
Click here to find out more about how you can get involved with FreshWater Watch.