Water Matters

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WATER QUESTIONS: WHEN WE WANT TO LEARN MORE
PLANET WATER
What kinds of human interventions can help the health of marine life?

 
This session took place online on February 7th, 2012 and ran for about one hour. If you could not participate live, a recording is posted below for your enjoyment at any time.


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Water covers more than 70 percent of the planet’s surface and represents more than 95 percent of its habitable space. Yet despite the enormous scale of our water world, we, humans, are having serious impacts. Most of the big fish are gone, coastal waters are home to more and more dead zones, and the effects of increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are already taking a toll. Yet there is still time to act. In this session, we’ll discuss places where our actions have achieved measurable success.

  • Great for classrooms with Marine Biology interests!
  • Designed especially with Middle and High School students in mind.

PLANET WATER

Presenter:

Nancy KnowltonNancy Knowlton
Sant Chair of Marine Science
National Museum of Natural History
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IT’S NOT EASY BEING AMPHIBIAN: THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER
How does water quality and quantity relate to conserving amphibians in captivity and the wild?

 
This session took place online on February 7th, 2012 and ran for about one hour. If you could not participate live, a recording is posted below for your enjoyment at any time.


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  • Great for classrooms with Biology interests!
  • Designed especially with Elementary and Middle School students in mind.

IT’S NOT EASY BEING AMPHIBIAN: THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER

Climb into the tree canopies with frogs and delve into the underground world of salamanders with Ed Smith and Jennifer Sevin from the National Zoo. They will explore the various ways amphibians use and need water and the current challenges these animals face. Focusing on the role of water, we’ll learn about what the National Zoo and their partners are doing to conserve amphibians in captivity and the wild, and what you can do to help them.

Presenters:

Jennifer SevinJennifer Sevin
Biologist
National Zoological Park
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Ed SmithEd Smith
Biologist
National Zoological Park
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LISTENING TO THE WATER NATIONS
How do Indigenous peoples perceive and respond to water issues?

 
This session took place online on February 7th, 2012 and ran for about one hour. If you could not participate live, a recording is posted below for your enjoyment at any time.


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Cultural geographer Doug discusses perceptions of water in traditional Indigenous cultures that might differ from those of mainstream culture. He also considers contemporary water issues that most immediately and severely affect Indigenous peoples, and will discuss the struggle for an Indigenous voice in international water policy.

  • Great for classrooms with World Cultures interests!
  • Designed especially with Middle and High School students in mind.

LISTENING TO THE WATER NATIONS

Presenter:

Douglas HermanDouglas Herman
Senior Geographer
Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
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A LOOK BACK AT MUSIC AS AN ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY APPROACH
How can music build awareness of environmental issues?

 
This session took place online on February 7th, 2012 and ran for about one hour. If you could not participate live, a recording is posted below for your enjoyment at any time.


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Musicians have long raised powerful voices for environmental advocacy. In this session, we take a look at the lives and works of artists who have spread a message of appreciation and personal responsibility for our rivers, lakes, and oceans.




  • Great for classrooms with Music History interests!
  • Designed especially with Elementary and Middle School students in mind.

A LOOK BACK AT MUSIC AS AN ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY APPROACH

Presenter:

Jeff PlaceJeff Place
Archivist
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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3 Responses to “Water Matters”

  1. Deb Solomon February 5, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    NOAA has produced games to educate about water quality.
    They are free online at:
    http://games.noaa.gov

    The first is about the importance of healthy estuary environments.
    The second is about preserving ocean and beach habitats for loggerhead sea turtles.
    There are more games on other water topics.

    The two games described above were made by the Montgomery College Computer Gaming & Simulation Program (www.studygaming.com) in conjunction with NOAA.

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