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Lesson Plan September 17, 2015

Clean Water: A Global Challenge



Discussion Questions:

  1. When you turn on the tap in your home or school, where is that water coming from? Trace it back through the pipes, through your water provider, to its original source, if you can. 
  2. Had you ever thought about this before?
  3. Who is in charge of providing safe water to communities? To countries?
  4. Without doing any research, list five items you think are essential to a stable water and sanitation infrastructure for a city.
  5. Now do some research. Write a paragraph to an elected official describing a plan for building such an infrastructure from scratch.
  6. Research one of the following water-borne illnesses. How is it contracted? How is it prevented? 
  • Hepatitis E
  • Cholera
  • Dysentery
  1. In the aftermath of a massive natural disaster like the spring 2015 series of earthquakes in Nepal, who should make sure communities of displaced people and people living in isolated areas have access to clean water and sanitation -- the local government? International aid organizations? Both? Neither? Explain your answer, including the pros and cons of each response.
  2. If water pollution in one part of the world is partly a result of producing goods that are shipped to and sold in the West, as in Sean Gallagher's film "The Toxic Price of Leather," what responsibility do Western consumers and companies have to the people in the producing countries?



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