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Why Care About Water?

Secondary, Middle

Description

The aim of the video is to convey a simple, urgent message. There is the same amount of water on Earth today as there was when the dinosaurs roamed. Just less than one percent of the planet's water is available to meet the daily drinking water, sanitation and food needs of nearly 7 billion people and millions of other species. Access to and consumption of that water is uneven. Local use has global consequences. The time for action is now.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

Why Care About Water? would be best used as an introductory piece in any unit of study that addresses water issues. The video makes three points. Freshwater is a relatively scarce resource. Access to and use of water is uneven. We must take action to preserve this critical resource.

Once the students have an opportunity to view the video, they should identify those questions that must be addressed if they are to better understand the causes and consequences of the freshwater crisis. These questions then become the framework for their investigation. A number of related R4R resources are available to support that investigation.

Relevant Curriculum Units

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  • Alberta
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    • Grade 8
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      • Science
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Freshwater and Saltwater Systems
  • British Columbia
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    • Grade 11
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      • Environmental Science
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        • Environmental Science 11:Humans can play a role in stewardship and restoration of ecosystems
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        • Earth Science 11:The distribution of water has a major influence on weather and climate.
    • Grade 12
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      • Environmental Science
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Environmental Science 12: Human actions affect the quality of water and its ability to sustain life.
        • Environmental Science 12: Living sustainably supports the well-being of self, community, and Earth.
  • Manitoba
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    • Grade 8
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      • Science
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        • Water Systems on Earth
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      • Geography
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        • Geographic Issues of the 21st Century: Natural Resources
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      • Geography
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        • Physical Geography: Course Content
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        • Citizenship and Sustainability: Area of Inquiry: Environment
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        • Advanced Environmental Science 120: Earth Systems
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    • Grade 12
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        • Environmental Science 3205: Water Use & the Environment
  • Northwest Territories
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        • Freshwater and Saltwater Systems
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        • Experiential Science 30, Freshwater Systems:Freshwater Resource Management
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        • Atlantic Canada in the Global Community: Environment
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      • Science
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        • Experiential Science 30, Freshwater Systems:Freshwater Resource Management
  • Ontario
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    • Grade 7
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        • Natural Resources around the World: Use and Sustainability
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        • Environmental Science (Univ/College Prep.) Scientific Solutions to Contemporary Environmental Challenges
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        • Geography 521A, Global Studies: Physical Patterns of the World
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        • Environmental Science 621A: Natural Resources
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        • What can I do?
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  • Saskatchewan
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        • Science 8: Water Systems on Earth
  • Yukon Territory
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    • Grade 11
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      • Environmental Science
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Environmental Science 11:Humans can play a role in stewardship and restoration of ecosystems
      • Science
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Earth Science 11:The distribution of water has a major influence on weather and climate.
    • Grade 12
      • Step 3Select a subject
      • Environmental Science
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Environmental Science 12: Human actions affect the quality of water and its ability to sustain life.
        • Environmental Science 12: Living sustainably supports the well-being of self, community, and Earth.

Themes Addressed

  • Human Rights (1)

    • Social Justice
  • Water (2)

    • Water Quality
    • Water Use