Educators are in a unique position to act as leaders and role models for social change.
But also, students are increasingly aware of the world around them – aware of environmental threats and injustices – and they want to make a difference. Educators can empower young people to take a lead role in improving their world.
Encourage your students to learn more about critical water issues in the Okanagan valley and support them in taking action in their school and at home. There are many places where learning about water can be linked to the curriculum. Science classes are a natural fit, of course, but what about social studies, English, and math?
Water In Social Studies Class
Managing water resources involves all three levels of government, communication and cooperation with stakeholders, and complicated decision making. This country was settled around available water sources, so what better forum to discuss the significance of water to our communities and culture, both past and present?
Water In Math Class
Water managers and water users alike will need to pull out their calculators to figure out water consumption and costs. People living in nearly all Okanagan communities now have water meters in their homes and businesses. Want to know how much money could be saved by being WaterWise? Have your students do the math!
Water In English Class
The ability to communicate effectively is an essential life skill, and clean, plentiful water is an essential life need. Essays, poetry, story-telling through video, and songwriting are a few ways for your students to find their own voice on water issues in the Okanagan. There are many ways to work water into the curriculum. For more ideas, inspiration, and Monday-ready classroom resources, check out the links on the bottom of this page.
The Okanagan Basin Waterscape Poster
The Okanagan Basin Waterscape Poster was created as a water education tool. This detailed and colourful poster illustrates topics of major importance to water resources in the Okanagan, including groundwater, domestic water use, and the effects of climate change and population growth. Issues surrounding water conservation in the Okanagan are much the same as those we are facing in the Boundary. Therefore, the information on the Okanagan Basin Waterscape Poster is both relevant and useful to citizens of the Boundary area.
View the poster online at Geoscape Canada
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Unraveling the Myth of Abundance: A Teacher’s Guide to the Okanagan Basin Waterscape Poster
More Water-Saving Resources For Educators
The links provided below include material to use in the classroom.
Science Opportunities for Kids Society (SOKS) Central Okanagan
Okanagan WaterWise – Okanagan Basin Water Board YouTube channel
Okanagan Basin Water Board – Water Supply and Demand Research
Project WET – USA
Learning for a Sustainable Future – Project FLOW
Alberta Irrigation Projects Association – Every Drop Counts
American Water Works Association – drinktap.org
U.S. Water Environment Federation
Melbourne Water, Victoria, Australia
The Fun Theory (changing people’s behavior by adding fun)