Working for Water Justice

illustration by Michaela Goade from "We Are Water Protectors" by Carole Lindstrom (2020). Click for read aloud.

In 2010, the United Nations officially recognized water as a universal human right, but that does not mean that everyone has access to clean and healthy water -- we are having to work for it! The Green Heart STEM Challenge is asking YOU to join the groups of change makers around the world working for water justice. In this challenge, you will be asked to identify a water justice concern or issue in your community, and to develop a feasible solution to overcome that problem. But it doesn't stop there -- the only way to ensure water justice is to put your solution into action. Are you ready?

Strategies for Change

This challenge is about developing a feasible solution to overcome the water justice challenge you identified. But what does a feasible solution look like? There are four categories of solutions we typically talk about.


Can we invent better tools, systems, processes to ensure everyone has access to clean and healthy water?

Science & Data


Can we develop and communicate the science and data behind water issues better and more quickly?

Public Policy

Can we encourage lawmakers to pass and enforce laws, and ensure funding to make sure everyone has access to clean water?


Can we make more people aware of the issue we identified, and encourage them to also advocate for positive change?

Why Is Water So Important Anyway?