An Overview of the State of the World’s Fresh and Marine Waters - 2nd Edition - 2008
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INQUIRY QUESTIONS: Do I want it or need it? How do I get it? What do I do with it?
As water is a universal need, it is essential for teachers to consider how other countries across the world are tackling water quality and accessibility to inform their teaching. The Vital Water Graphics 2008 report has been created by the United Nations Environment Programme and aims to provide people with information on the world’s water supply, needs, management and distribution, both today and for the future. The report provides information graphically with written elaborations.
Whilst teachers must teach the water needs at a local level to students, they must embed that understanding within the greater context of the world. Considering that Australia is the driest continent in the world and depends heavily on foreign trade, knowledge of the world’s water supply in relation to the world’s estimated population growth is essential for both teachers and students. Teachers can adapt the information from this report for Stage 1 by having students locate other countries with similar and different water supply levels. Students could further explore global water needs by examining how various countries use water in their industries or by considering the effect of a lack of fresh water to a family/community/country.
Global education is increasingly important with the advent of globalisation as it allows students to examine Australia’s interdependent relationships, natural resource sustainability - the implications of actions on a global level, and to develop an awareness of the beliefs, needs and desires of others, thereby fostering empathy and respect (Global Education, 2014, pp. 4-5).
Global Education (2014). Global Perspectives: A framework for global education in Australian schools. [e-book] pp. 4-5. Retrieved from:
http://www.globaleducation.edu.au/verve/_resources/GPS_web.pdf [Accessed: 6 Apr 2014].