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Updated: Apr 6, 2022
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This week brings with it a whole lot of reminders for us to be more environmentally aware. Solar Week, World Water Day, and Earth Hour all fall within this week, and highlight the importance of being good stewards of the resources we have. So this weekend during Earth Hour (Saturday the 26th at 8:30pm local time), turn off your devices, turn off the lights, and show some gratitude for this beautiful place we all call home.
This Week’s Spotlight and Project-Inspiration Theme: World Water Day
March 22nd was World Water Day and centers on the importance of freshwater. This year's focal point is Groundwater - Making the Invisible Visible. Groundwater is invisible to us, but the effects that it has on our everyday lives can be seen all around. It makes up almost all of the earth's freshwater, which is vital because of how it supports ecosystems, food production, power generation, sanitation, and so much more! This day is crucial due to the rise of climate change and the need to protect this finite resource.
Groundwater is currently being overused in most areas, meaning that this resource could be depleted. To make sure that this does not occur society needs to explore, protect, and find sustainable options to keep groundwater clean and available. This is especially important with the impending needs of a growing population in the wake of climate change. These changes can start at home, by cleaning up the areas around you and making other small changes.
To learn more about groundwater, follow the activity Groundwater and Surface Water. This interactive activity teaches students about the science behind the underground flow of water. Using computational models they will be able to predict and learn the effects of humans and how the increase in population can affect these systems. Using this knowledge you could even try using code to model these different flows or create an app to help lower the overuse and pollution of groundwater. Remember, groundwater may be out of sight, but it is not out of mind!