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The World Water Game

A Lesson in Water Issues and Eco-justice

Secondary

Description

The World Water Game is an interactive, hands-on activity to introduce secondary students to the realities of the global water crisis. Students will be split into four teams which represent four different countries (Canada, USA, Bolivia, and Kenya). Each country will receive the same amount of fresh water to start, they will also each receive an untouchable bucket and a polluted bucket. Each country will also have a stack of cards with actions they need to carry out. These cards will ask them to transfer water or be points card. The winning team will be the team with the most water left in their fresh water bucket or have the most points after tallying their points card.

In this resource, students will:

  • understand how water is being removed from the hydrologic cycle through diversion (agriculture, dams), depletion (industry, manufacturing) and pollution. 
  • understand that humans are using up our supply of fresh water faster than it can be replenished
  • understand that the distribution and access to water around the world is not equal or fair
  • make connections between environmental and human rights issues (eco-justice!). 
  • make connections between individual actions and global consequences.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This game will reveal to students the power dynamics behind the commodification of fresh water in a fun and engaging manner while also raising awareness of the seriousness of the global water crisis and encouraging students to take positive actions in their own lives. An excellent activity in courses where we introduce the water cycle to get conversations started. It would also be beneficial for students to understand the disparities in our World. 

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Themes Addressed

  • Citizenship (1)

    • Sustainable Consumption
  • Water (3)

    • Water Cycle
    • Water Quality
    • Water Use