Please visit h2youproject.com to view and participate in this water project!
H2yOu is an online geographic literacy project for water quality education.
H2yOu Objective: To inspire people to care for and conserve our shared global resource of water!
Educators: Engage your students to connect to their local water source with activity plans aligned to the Common Core standards. Create a water story with your students. Learn about the world through reading water stories from all over the world!
Here is an example of a photo essay from a school in Arjunabettahalli, an Indian village.
Travelers: Post a photo of a body of water or of people interacting with water from the place you are visiting. Include a description of what you’ve learned about this place’s water.
Local Explorers: Post a photo of your local water with a short description.
Background info: This idea was inspired from my experiences as a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow of National Geographic/Lindblad Expedition. Geographic Literacy goes beyond teaching how to find a spot on a map. It is thinking about how people interact with the environment. It is how the environment is impacted by people. It is understanding how communities around the world each have their unique geographic and cultural features. People all over the world also have many things in common. Water is a commonality for all humans, and for all living things. Every living thing on planet earth has one thing in common: we all need access to clean water to survive. Look at a map – all waterways connect. Taking care of our own water is not just taking care of our community – it is caring for the global community’s water source. We all share this one source of water.