What’s Your Water Footprint?
Visualizing.org had a competition for best visualisation for World Water Day (22nd March), and the winner is this interactive world map by Joseph Bergen and Nicki Huang, from Harvard:
The Looming Water Crisis
Could we run out of water before we run out of oil?
World Water Day is just around the corner – March 22nd.
Powerful messages abound regarding the impending socio-political, environmental and humanitarian disaster of the global water shortage. Watching the presentation and video above you will notice some startling, terrifying statistics. As a critical thinking or data-literacy task, can you track down the sources of those statistics?
With Earth Day (April 22) coming up, and the GIN conference around the same time, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the water shortage as an issue upon which we, as learners and leaders, can take action.This would in itself be a great topic for local and global CAS, or a self-contained theme for the Group 4 Project.
Find out more about the world water crisis here:
- World Water Day (March 22)
- Water crisis, from TreeHugger
- World Water Council
- The Water Crisis, from Water.org
Some resources to use:
- Tracking school water use, from NSW Sustainable Schools
- Water use calculator, from NSW Sustainable Schools
- Tracking water consumption, by the Social Justice Committee
- Lesson plans, from Water.org
- World Water Day lesson plans, from teacherplanet
Using the resources above, as well as other local orgnisations, can the school develop and monitor a sustainable water plan?
Here’s a cool video, with a good soundtrack, from charity:water
Do you have any more resources and ideas for the water crisis to share? Add them in the comments below!
Microdocs: Stanford’s reef sustainability documentaries
Stanford’s Microdocs project is a well-presented set of video and pdf resources for learning about sustainability and the coral reef ecosystem. Each video is a few minutes long and accompanied by a short article or links to useful sources.
It’s divided into useful topics and easy to navigate (and looks good, too).
And while we’re on the theme of the oceans (again) there’s a brilliant student activity resource centre at the UCLA’s OceanGlobe centre. Everything you could ever need to study marine science.