Asia Education Foundation

Water, Water Everywhere?

cover image: Geography Unit: Water, Water Everywhere?

The environment is now a crucial global issue, especially in the context of global warming. This unit explores the issue of water in India. It looks at the causes and effects of water problems, and examines the strategies that communities and governments are developing to meet these challenges. Opportunities are provided, where possible, for students to become actively involved in regional community projects.


Index

Unit Overview

Stage of Schooling

Lower secondary

Learning Focus

Place and Space, Systems, Resources and Power (Asia Scope and Sequence for Studies of Society and Environment, p30)

Elaborations

Students understand how natural and human factors may have contributed to major environmental challenges in some countries in Asia and consider the responsibilities associated with the management of these challenges. They:

  • investigate the ways in which people from various countries in Asia have been proactive in meeting the challenges created by natural events and cycles (e.g. cyclone and tsunami
  • early-warning devices).
  • consider the roles and responsibilities of all governments, non-government agencies and individuals in the Asian region in responding to the effects of environmental crises.
  • discuss and implement ways of engaging themselves and others in environmentally sustainable practices.
  • evaluate the impact of government policies, international agreements and citizens' actions on environmental practices in Asia (e.g. logging in China, whaling in the Indian Ocean, aid programmes).

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Focus questions

Water has become a very important issue for people living in Australia. Is this also true for the countries of Asia? If so, what are some of the key water issues and what strategies are used to resolve these problems?

Overview

The environment has become a very crucial global issue, especially in the context of global warming. This unit explores the specific issue of water in the country of India, providing opportunities to look at causes and effects, as well as strategies that communities and governments are developing to meet these challenges. Opportunities are provided, where possible, for students to become actively involved in regional community projects.

Duration

This unit should be completed over a five-week period in two one-hour blocks per week.