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Importing goods, exporting drought?

Importing goods, exporting drought?Water is fundamental for human life. Naturally there is enormous variability in its availability and societies where water is scarce have learned to adapt to life with low river flows and scarcity of rainfall. However, a series of changes threaten the equilibrium that has existed, bringing the spectre of water scarcity to many places. In an interconnected and globalised world, it is also the case that some places increasingly suffer from low water supplies for indigenous people on account of agricultural and manufacturing activities serving people in distant societies, spatially removed from the sites where water insecurity is developing.

In this 21st Century Challenge, we take a look at the causes of water insecurity and scarcity and the consequences these bring, as well as examine the idea of virtual water and the true scale of our water consumption. Water futures are also considered.

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  • Challenge Overview Sheet PDF | MSWORD An overview of the challenge. 
  • Lesson one plan: Globalisation and local water insecurity PDF | MSWORD This lesson examines the causes of water insecurity, water stress and water scarcity especially in places in the world where globalised economic activities place heavy demands on water supplies and considers some of the consequences this brings for people and places. 'Virtual water footprints are considered
  • Fact Sheet and Teaching Notes PDF | MSWORD Containing an overview of the issues and points to be focussed on in the lesson, this provides teachers with background information for the lesson and can be used as a summary resource sheet for students
  • Water insecurity in a global context article (PDF)
  • Exam question style assignment PDF | MSWORD
  • Lesson two plan: Water futures – what can be done? PDF | MSWORD This lesson looks at the concept of environmental stewardship and encourages students to think critically about ways in which global society can negotiate the multiple challenges that it faces in the 21st century – of which water insecurity is just one of many
  • Fact Sheet and Teaching Notes PDF | MSWORD Containing an overview of the issues and points to be focussed on in the lesson, this provides teachers with background information for the lesson and can be used as a summary resource sheet for students
  • PowerPoint presentation: Managing water sustainably PPT | PDF
  • Plenary group activity PDF | MSWORD
  • Exam Specification Overview PDF | MSWORD This document briefly summarises where the lessons link to each exam board specification (AQA, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC and IB)

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