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Environmental Justice and Freshwater Resources

Author(s): Adriana Perez1, Jill Schneiderman2, Meg Stewart, Joshua Villalobos3

1. Dona Ana Community College 2. Vassar College 3. El Paso Community College

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This module enables students to identify the freshwater components of the hydrologic cycle and connect them to the basic need of all human beings for equal access to clean freshwater.

Licensed under CC Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International according to these terms

Version 1.0 - published on 10 Jan 2018 doi:10.25334/Q4J959 - cite this


Students work with rainfall, topographic and streamflow data using real examplesfrom the United States–Hawaii, New York, and Texas–and in countries of the Global South–Trinidad, Kenya, and India. Concepts including watersheds, drainage divides, surface water, and groundwater are simultaneously situated amidst questions of environmental equity.

This module also develops students' geospatial reasoning skills. Using Google Earth files, students will explore the history of the Love Canal, including comparing past land use to current use.

The module is unique in that it teaches scientific principles thoroughly embedded in a context that foregrounds the importance of equal access to water as a basic human right. Students will learn about regional water issues in several regions including Trinidad, Kenya, and India.

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