Glasgow’s sewers have not been updated since Victorian times so they are prone to flooding. Scottish Water have invested £100 million into the Shieldhall Tunnel in the south of Glasgow to combat this.
If you are a teacher, this could be used as an exciting context for teaching and learning, for example when completed, the tunnel will provide the equivalent of 36 Olympic-sized swimming pools of extra storm water storage which will help reduce the risk of flooding. It could be linked to maths work as well as social studies/geography and any Eco-Schools Scotland work. It links directly with the UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 Sustainable cities and communities.
If you don’t live in this area then contact your local authority resilience professional to find out about any flood protection schemes near you.
If you are a community resilience professional, this is an opportunity to engage with schools. It can be linked to work on weather, flooding and climate change.
How? You could meet with the Eco-Committee of schools in the surrounding area (it will run between Queen’s Park and Craigton Industrial Estate via Pollok Park and Bellahouston Park), tell them about the work being done and encourage them to share this with their own class. Offer to give a tour of the scheme.
Contact Eilidh.Soussi@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk for further support with this.