The following links are organized by relevant Research Question. They are also labelled as either Canadian (CAN), International (INT), American (US), or British Columbian (BC). The links are labelled into Level 1 or Level 2, where Level 2 links are slightly more complex and give more insight into the topic.
The Library of Links contains:
- Research Links
- Local Activity Links
- Helpful Optional Links+
- Stakeholder Links
- Current Events
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- Works Cited
These links will inform your Research Questions and Critical Thinking Questions.
Q3.1 INT – Doesn’t the Earth have more than enough water for everyone? Link 1 L1
INT – Let’s learn a little more about water scarcity - two types: Link 2 L1
INT – Find out more about the different types of water scarcity: Link 3 L2
Q3.2 Let’s look at examples of water challenges locally and around the world. Choose from those below to give you some insight and use the knowledge you gain to answer the questions in your Action Pack:
- CAN – Canada is affected by water shortages too. This article looks at how First Nations on reserve in Canada are adversely affected. Watch the video to see how specific communities are impacted. Link 4 (5:31) L1
- INT-US – How is the USA being affected by water scarcity? Link 5 (4:46) L1 and: Link 6 (9:11) L2
INT – Sometimes it is unimaginable how water challenges are affecting other places. Take a look at what is happening in China: Link 7 L2
Q3.3 INT – Water consumption is indirect too. Take a look at how much water it takes to produce the food we eat: Link 8 L2
Q3.4 INT-US – What is water privatization and what are some examples? Link 9 L2
INT-US – Water consumption is not only an environmental concern, but a social justice issue as well. This is a glimpse into the movie “Flow” which addresses how our water is being managed around the planet: Link 10 (2:25) L1
CAN-BC – Take a moment to read up on where Vancouver’s tap water comes from: Link 11 L1
Q3.5 CAN – The following website will give you an idea of Canada’s water usage compared to other countries: Link 12 L2
INT-US – Here are some easy ways to save water in the kitchen and around the house: Link 13 L1
INT-US – Is it time to make a change? Do the little choices I make throughout my day save water? Absolutely! Link 14 (1:44) L1
INT-US – Household water use calculator: Link 15 L1
Local Activity Links
These links will be needed to complete your Local Activity
CAN – The following website will give you an idea of Canada’s water use and also calculations for your activity: Link 16 L1
INT-US – Here are some easy ways to save water in the kitchen and around the house: Link 13 L1
CAN – Check out residential water use in Canada. How do you compare? Link 17 L1
Helpful Optional Links
INT – Did you know…? source. Scroll down to the Did You Know section to learn about water consumption in developing and developed nations: Link 18 L2
CAN-BC – It’s easy to save water while you shower, so why not practice a few of these suggestions: Link 19 L1
CAN-BC – Take a look at BC Hydro’s page on how to save water in the bathroom: Link 20 L1
CAN-BC – Everybody hates doing laundry, so let’s keep it as efficient as possible! Check out the following links to find out how to save energy while washing your clothes: Link 21 L1 and: Link 22 (1:34) L1
INT – Around the world, the amount of clean, drinkable water is rapidly decreasing, and there are frequent water crises and droughts that are devastating to local people and wildlife. Here are some of the facts and issues: Link 23 L1
INT – Even Jay-Z is checking out how water scarcity is impacting neighborhoods in other parts of the world, making his ‘hood references seem luxurious: Link 24 (6:31) L1
INT – Water consumption is indirect, too. This is a very thorough paper breaking down our “Water Print”: Link 25 L2
CAN – Water is everywhere so we need to protect it. Watch this Water Wealth promotional video: Link 26 (0:51) L1
INT – It is important to know that water doesn’t magically appear in your taps, but an extensive process and the use of energy is required to make it ready for us. This is a good example of a water quality treatment: Link 27 (3:20) L1
INT – Learn about the low-water landscaping philosophy called “zeroscaping”: Link 28 L1
CAN – About 39% of First Nations water systems deemed “high risk.” Here's a look at some of the resulting health and safety issues: Stakeholder 1 L2
INT-US-2017 April 20th- The OCR - Disneyland resorts also practice many water saving techniques: Event 1
US - 2017 April 27 - National Geographic Voice - WaterSense helps US consumers make wise choices by labeling appliances and fixtures that save water and meet certain standards of efficiency. It saves water, energy, and money! Event 2
INT – 2015 May 31st - The Globe and Mail “GMO Foods offer most promising ways to address global water shortages” Agriculture is one of the most water intensive industries in the world, some say that the answer to water conservation and increased production is creating GMO seeds that are designed to be drought tolerant: Event 3
INT – 2015 May 29th - New Internationalist Blog “What can Mad Max (the movie) tell us about water scarcity?” The 2015 release of Mad Max: Fury Road takes audiences into a world without water, can we learn something from this interpretation? Event 4
INT – 2015 May 7th - The Guardian “Food companies are unprepared for global water scarcity, says new report” The food industry (production and processing) is incredibly reliant on water. Future water shortages could mean increased water and product prices passed on to the consumer: Event 5
CAN – 2015 April 7th - The Global and Mail “What the California drought means for Canadians” With close economic ties to the U.S, Canada could be facing significant challenges associated with droughts in California, specifically in food producing regions: Event 6
INT – 2015 March 8th - The Guardian “Why fresh water shortages will cause the next great global crisis” The effects of water scarcity are being seen across the world and many are concerned that if efforts to conserve and protect our water resources don’t improve they could become more widespread: Event 7
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Be The Change Earth Alliance has archived all Research, Local Activity, and Stakeholder links to ensure students will always have access to the required articles to complete their Action Pack. These links were retrieved as of February 25th, 2019. These links may not reflect the current state of the website. If you see your website on our citations list and would like us to take it down, please contact us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org
Abbs, Ben. (August 10, 2017). “The growing water crisis in China” GLOBAL RISK INSIGHTS. April 4, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20180213211316/https://globalriskinsights.com/2017/08/shocks-china-growing-water-crisis/.
(August 16, 2012). “Water Calculator” CBC News. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20180704164657/https://www.cbc.ca/pei/features/watercalculator/.
(April 27, 2017). “Why Kill a Program that Saves Water, Energy and Money - and that Business Likes?” National Geographic. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20180116141536/https://blog.nationalgeographic.org/2017/04/27/why-kill-a-program-that-saves-water-energy-and-money-and-that-business-likes/.
(February 4, 2010). “Jay-Z on the Water Crisis” youtube. February 19, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/Videoplayback4_20190219.
Garrick, Dustin. (April 7, 2015). “What the California drought means for Canadians” The Globe and Mail. February 6, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20161223012936/https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/what-the-california-drought-means-for-canadians/article23820879/.
“Global Water Footprint Standard” Water footprint Network. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20180616103551/http://waterfootprint.org/en/standard/global-water-footprint-standard/.
“Global Water Shortage: Water Scarcity & How to Help” The Water Project. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190107083001/https://thewaterproject.org/water-scarcity/water_scarcity_2.
“Global Water & Wastewater Solutions” Fluence. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190115073817/https://www.fluencecorp.com/.
Hoekstra, Arjen. (February 21, 2013). “The water footprint: water in the supply chain” The Broker. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20171018091320/http://www.thebrokeronline.eu/Blogs/Prioritising-Water/The-water-footprint-water-in-the-supply-chain.
(July 5, 2011). “Tips & technologies to save energy while washing clothes” BC Hydro. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20150919105134/https://www.bchydro.com/news/unplug_this_blog/2011/clothes_wash_efficiency.html.
(July 14, 2009). “How to Conserve Energy When Doing Laundry” youtube. February 19, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/HowToConserveEnergyWhenDoingLaundry.
(July 29, 2019). “FLOW - Official Theatrical Trailer - Oscilloscope Laboratories” youtube. February 19, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/Videoplayback3_20190219.
(June 11, 2014). “Cracked - Running Out of Water: A Special Investigation” The Weather Channel. February 20, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/CrackedRunningOutOfWaterASpecialInvestigation.
(June 7, 2016). “Canada: Water Crisis Puts First Nations Families at Risk” Human Rights Watch. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20180803143638/https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/06/07/canada-water-crisis-puts-first-nations-families-risk.
“Local News, Sports and Things to Do” The Orange County Register. February 5, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190205163543/https://www.ocregister.com/?returnUrl=https://www.ocregister.com/2017/04/20/how-disneyland-has-reduced-its-ecological-footprint-by-saving-water-recycling/?clearUserState=true.
(March 23, 2013). “The growing fears of water scarcity: Fact of fiction?” youtube. February 19, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/TheGrowingFearsOfWaterScarcityFactOfFiction.
(May 10, 2013). “Water is Everywhere” youtube. February 19, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/WaterIsEverywhere.
(May 1, 2009). “The water treatment process” youtube. February 19, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/Videoplayback5_20190219.
(May 29, 2015). “What can Mad Max tell us about water scarcity” New Internationalist. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20160511031320/http://newint.org/blog/2015/05/29/mad-max-water-scarcity/.
(May 29, 2014). “Human right to water and sanitation” UNDESA. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190110151910/http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/human_right_to_water.shtml.
Mckie, Robin. (March 8, 2015). “Why fresh water shortages will cause the next great global crisis” The Guardian. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190122120653/https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/08/how-water-shortages-lead-food-crises-conflicts.
Morgan, Gwyn. (May 15, 2018). “GMO foods offer most promising way to address global water shortages" The Globe and Mail. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20170506232236/https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/rob-commentary/gmo-foods-offer-most-promising-way-to-address-global-water-shortages/article24715215/.
(October 22, 2009). “Water Conservation – GOOD” youtube. February 15, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/Videoplayback1_20190215_2227.
“Residential water use” Government of Canada. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190119092723/https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/environmental-indicators/residential-water-use.html.
“The Water Crisis” Water.org. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190122175116/https://water.org/our-impact/water-crisis/.
“Toilets” Home Water Works. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20181220212528/https://www.home-water-works.org/indoor-use/toilets.
Wang, Ucilia. (May 7, 2015). “Food companies are unprepared for global water scarcity, says new report” The Guardian. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20170906170408/https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/may/07/ceres-coca-cola-kellogg-nestle-water-food-shortage-california-drought.
“Water Conservation” Mono Lake Committee. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20181228022430/http://www.monolake.org/about/waterconservation.
“Water-saving showerheads and aerators” BC Hydro. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20160320073145/https://www.bchydro.com/powersmart/residential/savings-and-rebates/do-it-yourself-and-save/install-water-saving-showerheads-aerators.html.
“Water Scarcity & the importance of water” The Water Project. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190108202436/https://thewaterproject.org/water-scarcity/.
“Water treatment” City of Vancouver. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20190103004029/https://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/water-treatment.aspx.
“Water Usage & Privatization” Food Empowerment Project. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20181021193521/http://www.foodispower.org/water-usage-privatization/.
“Water Withdrawals” The Conference Board of Canada. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20180809045026/https://www.conferenceboard.ca/HCP/Details/Environment/water-consumption.aspx.
“What is Zeroscaping?” WiseGeek. January 31, 2019. Web. Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20170306161156/https://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-zeroscaping.htm.