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Eco 101 – Water is Everywhere But Still in Short Supply

Eco 101 – Water is Everywhere But Still in Short Supply

Important environmental lessons made simple. That’s the goal of Modern Kids Design’s ECO 101 for Kids series. Here we write about how to talk to our kids about water conservation. This is another re-post as we are slowly but surely moving posts over from our older blog platform. The picture is new however. Given the warm weather, we recently headed over to The Golden Gate Bridge and a nearby beach.  If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, the beach in Marin Headlands still feels like a bit of a well kept secret and is worth taking a look and spending time there. :-)  As for the post...

Most young ones naturally love water, which makes it easy to talk to them about conserving this vital substance. One thing you can do is pull out a globe and start by looking at that and a map together. Then you can point out just how much of the earth is covered by water…. Surprisingly, it is about 70 percent (which is a fun fact to talk about as well). Our world is mostly made of water! But even though there is so much water, there is a crisis going on around the world.

In many countries, even some parts of the United States, people don’t have enough water. They don’t have enough water to farm, and sometimes not even enough safe water to drink. How can that be?

Simply put, we are all putting too much demand on our water supply. We use far more water today than we used 100 years ago—and there are more of us now than there has ever been before, creating more and more demand.

Look at the globe again and consider this….Only 3 percent of all that water on planet Earth is fresh water, meaning humans can use it for drinking, irrigation, farming, and more. Two of that three percent of precious fresh water is trapped in polar ice caps, meaning we only have one percent left, and that little bit of fresh water we have now is all we’ll ever have. We can’t make more, which is why it’s so important to take care of what we have.

Not only that, but all humans share the same water supply. The water we use today for washing our clothes and watering our lawn moves around the world, through something called the water cycle. That amazing phenomenon turns water into rain through a process of evaporation and condensation, and then delivers the water somewhere else—maybe thousands of miles away—where it will fall into a river or ocean.

Water also travels through rivers and the ground from one city to another. That means that if one city pollutes the water or uses too much of it, another city will be impacted. That's something to think about! So, when we talk about conserving water, we’re talking about helping ourselves as well as our neighbors.

The idea behind this post is to start a simple yet interesting discussion with kids around a big topic to help raise awareness. Sometimes when we do that, questions come up about how we can help or what can we do. So, we share some ideas in another post. There are lots of way to save water and limit pollution. To learn about simple steps our families can take, check out this post called Water Wise… And, as always, thanks for reading!