Drinking water, whether from the tap or a bottle, is the best source of fluid for the body.It offers an abundance of benefits like increasing energy, promoting weight loss, flushing out toxins, and boosting the immune system. Water is also free of calories and sugar.
In this 30-day water challenge, you will make water your only beverage. Water is more versatile than you think. In addition to tap water, there’s spring water, hot water, ice water, mineral water, sparkling water, and soda water. All these variations are permitted! Track your water consumption every day. Create a short video and explain what you have learnt from this challenge?
Virtual water use makes up the majority of our water footprint. This is the amount of water needed to make the goods we use. You may be surprised by just how much it adds up with everything from growing the food you crave to your favorite jeans that require a lot of water for production. Many products, goods, and services may have a heavier burden than you think.
Choose five items you use/consume/wear daily across different lifestyle categories, like food, energy, tech, clothing, transportation, and more. Research each item to find its estimated water footprint.
- How much water is required to produce each item?
- Explain why those items require the amount of water that they do.
Reflect on your research and answer the following questions:
- What surprised you about the water intensity of the items you use every day?
- What changes might you make in your own life and why, based on what you learned?
- Is there a more sustainable alternative to that item or does conserving water mean cutting it out altogether? Is that feasible?
Every person has a right to clean water. As water use increases and supply dwindles, the pressure for sustainable management is on us. This means engaging in water- conscious consumer practices and conserving wherever and whenever possible. Our hidden (or indirect or “virtual”) water footprint makes up 96% of total water use, so discovering personal usage will make it easier to then reduce water footprints.
Do you have any idea how much water you use daily? Think about diet, bathing, hydration, dishwashing, all of it! What is your direct water consumption? And indirect consumption?
Write down an estimate of how much water you think you use per day. Now, it’s time to calculate. Use this Water Calculator (Europe) or Water Footprint Calculator (USA) to find out how much water you actually use directly and virtually each day.
- Compare your actual water footprint with your friend.
- What surprised you most about your water footprint?
- Which category of your water footprint was highest: indoor, outdoor or virtual?
- Take a screenshot showing your data and post it on your blog/Sway.
Earth’s natural life support system provides the air we breathe, the water we drink and other conditions that support life. Sometimes our Earth resources become polluted and require cleanup.
Using the five stages of the design thinking process, you will design a water filtration device. Record a short video summarizing the whole process and findings.
These are the materials you may need:
- 1 liter of water prepared in advance with soil and sand in it until it is thin but relatively opaque
- 3 test tubes
- cotton balls
- gauze squares
- paper towels
- coffee filters
- gravel (aquarium gravel works great)
- 3 test tubes per student
- test tube racks
- graduated cylinders
Music can both reflect and influence societal views on current events.
From patriotic tunes during war time to the culturally challenging music of the
1960s and even today, music has long had an impact on social thinking. Sometimes
the messages are political, and other times they are in reaction to a disaster. No
matter their motivation, these songs, like literature, create a more emotional and
human connection to the event.
Write a poem, song, or rap conveying the need for social awareness of the clean water issue and the need to act. Before you start writing your text, listen to some of these songs:
Bob Marley’s “Get Up, Stand Up”
John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance”
USA for Africa “We are the World”
Various Artists “Voices that Care”
Mos Def’s “New World Water”
Joni Mitchell’s “Yellow Taxi”
Green Day “American Idiot”
John Mayer “Waiting on the World to Change”
Young Artists for Haiti “Wavin’ Flag”
You will conduct a personal food audit by paying attention to the foods you eat for a 24-hour period (or longer) and then using the Product Gallery tool to determine the water footprint of each food. Use this information to make changes to your diet and evaluate key aspects of your diet before and after the food audit. Encourage friends and family members to complete a food audit and make healthy, sustainable changes to their diets.
World Water Day, held on 22 March every year since 1993, celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water.
Conservation campaigns are crucial methods of raising awareness about important
environmental issues and how they impact our daily lives. Effective campaigns incorporate key media components, including creative slogans, marketing
initiatives that target specific audiences, and easy access to important information.
Your task is to to design your own freshwater sustainability campaign. You can work in pairs or in groups.
Your campaigns must include a key message/purpose and have a target audience.
You should add various components including:
• campaign poster
• informational material (brochure, infographic, article)
• promotional material (t-shirt, stickers, etc.)
• advertising material (for television/radio/newspaper)
• online marketing strategy
• event plan
Some 1.1 billion people worldwide lack access to water, and a total of 2.7 billion find water scarce for at least one month of the year. Inadequate sanitation is also a problem for 2.4 billion people—they are exposed to diseases, such as cholera and typhoid fever, and other water-borne illnesses. Two million people, mostly children, die each year from diarrheal diseases alone.
Your task is to choose a country or region that is currently under water stress and research the current state of water in that country. Create an infographic that displays your country’s current water stress situation (1) and your solutions (2).
- Population of country/region
- What is the current water crisis situation?
- What has led to this situation?
- What is the source of their water? Are there other available sources?
- What types of water pollution are there?
- Is the population misusing the water?
- Is climate change contributing to the water scarcity issue?
- Is there corruption (political, cultural, etc.) that has led to the mismanagement of water?
- Is there a lack of institutions of infrastructure for providing water?
- Are there water-borne diseases? If so, which diseases are present and how are they affecting the population?
- What are the effects on death, disease, warfare, agriculture, sanitation & hygiene, malnutrition, birth defects, education, healthcare, societal advancement (many people spend hours gathering water while they could spending time doing other productive practices), and economic advancement?
- What about habitat loss, increased salinity, pollution, loss of floodplains, and other environmental changes?
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) is an intriguing and publicized environmental problem. This swirling soup of trash up to 10 meters deep and just below the water surface is composed mainly of non-degradable plastics. These plastic materials trap aquatic life and poison them by physical blockage or as carriers of toxic pollutants.
Many initiatives have been taken and many devices have been invented to clean the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. However, the problem still exists. Form groups of four and brainstorm at least 5 different solutions that could help stop the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
For this assignment, you will read a short story and design a cover for your story (may be designed with graphic/photo-editing software or by hand).