It’s the greatest marketing campaign ever. Convince the public that free, tap water is unhealthy; and that bottled water is better. The Water Brothers blow the lid off of Bottlegate.Download PDFs:
The Mekong is the most productive river system on Earth and home to the world’s largest freshwater fish species and inland fishery. Will 11 planned mega dams spell an end to the main food source for over 70 million people? Who will decide the fate of…The Valley of the DammedDownload PDFs:
Asian Carp have invaded the Mississippi, and destroyed the lucrative fishing industry. Today, only an electric fence is keeping them from entering the Great Lakes, and a few have already been spotted. If any more cross that barrier, prepare for Carpageddon.Download PDFs:
The world’s coral reefs are home to a quarter of all marine life – and they’re being wiped out. The Water Brothers take you to the second longest reef system on Earth, the Meso-American reef. Why are we killing the most important underwater sanctuaries on earth? And how do we stop Reefer Madness?Download PDFs:
The Water Brothers will examine the fascinating history of water in California as it is constantly being artificially diverted and dammed to create electricity and maintain growing populations and immense agricultural industries in one of the driest places in North America.Download PDFs:
The Arctic is experiencing climate change faster than anywhere else in the world and water is at the heart of this story. Join The Water Brothers as they journey to Iceland, Greenland and Labrador to see the effects of climate change first-hand and learn how melting ice sheets and sea ice will have global implications on the loss of biodiversity and the dynamics of ocean currents that could lead to dangerous spin off climate change events. How will the people and wildlife of the North adapt to these changes? Could some groups even profit from the disappearance of sea ice and how will the rest of the world experience the effects of The Big Thaw?Download PDFs:
We are launching this adventure series as a premium viewing experience that we would like to invite you and your students to join us on March 19th 2012 at 7pm!
While the series will broadcast on TVO, it will also be simulcast ONLINE at tvo.org/waterweek. During this online streaming event The Water Brothers will be hosting a live chat from 7 – 9PM, where they will answer any questions viewers (like your students!) have about the themes covered in each episode in real time. This interactive component will give your students the chance to get involved in, and excited about the world of science and most importantly water.
This interactive experience can be an excellent complement to your class, no matter the grade. The following are the Science Curriculum units that The Water Brothers episodes and activities specifically complement:
Grade 9 – Sustainable Ecosystems
Grade 10 – Climate Change
Grade 11 – Diversity of Living Things
Grade 12 – Population Dynamics
Educational Guides by FreDao Educational Consultants
Dao Tran is currently a science teacher and an active committee member of the Science Teacher Association of Ontario. Fred Obedkoff is a retired science teacher of 30 years who has written a number of resource documents for teachers.
Install a low flow shower head - Shower use accounts for about 1/5 of an individuals daily water use so reducing the amount of hot water used in the shower can go a long way towards yearly energy and water savings.
Install an Ultra Low Flush or Dual Flush Toilet - Toilets are the single largest water guzzling appliances in the home and make up about 1/3 of an individuals daily water use. New ultra low flush and dual flush toilets use between 3-6 litres per flush compared to the traditional 13-20 litres.
Fix Leaks – The most common areas for leaks in your home are faucets, showerheads and toilets. A leaky faucet alone can waste up to 55 liters of water per day and if left unchecked that could add up to over 20,000 liters per year!
Run Full Loads – Always try to run full loads when running your dishwasher and laundry. It is a very simple concept but it will go a long way towards saving water, time, energy and money.
In the Garden – There are lots of way to cut down on water use in the garden. Rain barrels, drip irrigation systems, moisture sensors and choosing low water intensive plants and shrubs are all great options.
Turn the tap off - Brush your teeth without the water running and save up to 31 litres per day.
Eat less meat - It takes over 4,500 litres of water to make one average-sized steak!
Use a refillable water bottle – millions of plastic water bottles are filling up the landfills each year. Plus, tap water costs less than a penny and it is absolutely delicious!
Water a plant – If you drop an ice cube, place it in a plant instead of throwing it in the sink. The same goes for giving your pets new water – use the old water for a household plant.
Fruits and vegetables – Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.
Financial assistance – Get government grants for a low flush toilet (dual flush); there is even a toilet that also regulates water amount to type of use.
Sweep! – Use a broom to clean your driveway of leaves instead of hosing it down. You’ll save lots of water … and money!
Flush – Never flush garbage down the toilet. You can also save lots of water by throwing tissues in the garbage instead of flushing it down the toilet.
Cool water - Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator rather than running tap water until it is cool enough to drink.
Pool Time - If you own a pool, be sure to use a pool cover when it’s not in use. This will cut down on evaporation losses and will keep it cleaner and warmer.
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Healthy Reefs for Healthy People is a collaborative international initiative that generates user-friendly tools to measure the health of the Mesoamerican Reef Ecosystem, and delivers scientifically credible reports to improve decision-making that effectively sustain social and ecosystem well-being.
WaterCan is a leading Canadian water charity dedicated to fighting global poverty by helping the world’s poorest people gain access to clean water, basic sanitation and hygiene education. Our vision is simple: Clean Water for All.
Our mission is to conduct research and communicate about the global impact of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans and employ strategies to eliminate the accumulation of plastic pollution in the 5 subtropical gyres.
In Canada, ONE DROP is a charitable organization that develops integrated, innovative projects with an international scope, in which water plays a central role as a creative force in generating positive, sustainable effects for local and foreign populations and in the fight against poverty.
Oceana is the largest international organization working solely to protect the world’s oceans. Oceana wins policy victories for the oceans using science-based campaigns. Since 2001, we have protected over 1.2 million square miles of ocean and innumerable sea turtles, sharks, dolphins and other sea creatures. More than 500,000 supporters have already joined Oceana. Global in scope, Oceana has offices in North, South and Central America and Europe.
Co-founded by Matt Damon and Gary White, Water.org is a nonprofit organization that has transformed hundreds of communities in Africa, South Asia, and Central America by providing access to safe water and sanitation. Water.org traces its roots back to the founding of WaterPartners in 1990. In July 2009, WaterPartners merged with H2O Africa, resulting in the launch of Water.org.
UN-Water strengthens coordination and coherence among UN entities dealing with issues related to all aspects of freshwater and sanitation. This includes surface and groundwater resources, the interface between freshwater and seawater and water-related disasters.
A non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. They use 100% of public donations to directly fund sustainable water solutions in areas of greatest need.
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