World Water Day: The Power of Water and Jobs

Tuesday March 22, 2016 marks International World Water Day. The theme of 2016 is “The Power of Water and Jobs” and its purpose is to encourage people to learn about the Earth’s water issues and to take action. Click here to view the UN’s official trailer for World Water Day.

Today, more than half of the world’s workers use water in a direct or indirect way. This is a good opportunity to use World Water Day as a way to bring a discussion in the classroom about how water impacts our day-to-day lives. Here are some resources on how students can get engaged and learn about world water issues and its connection to global jobs.

Virtual Water is an interactive website that teaches about how water is connected to food production. By simply scrolling down through the infographic, students can learn the differences between water used for domestic purposes, water used for industrial purposes and water used for food production.

Water Footprint Network is a global network designed to educate people on how to be sustainable with their water usage. The website offers an array of resources including an interactive component that allows people to calculate their own water footprint and a water footprint assessment tool that allows students to geographically assess water usage in different part of the world.

The Hidden Water we use is a website by National Geographic that outlines how much water is used in popular global foods. This interactive website gives students the opportunity to investigate one product or compare two different ones.

Can Geo Education offers an interactive website that gives students the opportunity to learn about watersheds and how they can protect their own. By simply putting in your province and postal code students can discover that what we do on land and in our communities influence our waterways and watersheds.

Water works challenge is a great challenge for students to learn about how much water they use each day and ways they can reduce it. Once students have determined how much water they use in one day, have students revisit their water usage a week later to find out if they were able to decrease their water usage.

Water is an invaluable resource that is often taken for granted. On Tuesday March 22, 2016, help spread the word about ways to protect our freshwater and make it sustainable for future generations. Share what you are doing by tweeting @Energy_Lit or emailing us at [email protected]