Significant portions of the world's population lack access to sufficient quantities of water or to water of adequate quality - standards enshrined in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This unfolding global water crisis is making life precarious for billions of people and will increasingly foment environmental conflict, spur transnational migration, strain ecological systems, and exacerbate existing inequalities around the planet.
This free, cross-disciplinary mini-course for K-12 educators will explore the global water crisis through attention to its geo-political, cultural, economic, and technological aspects, with particular attention to scholars and practitioners working within the environmental, political, and technological framework to address these challenges using a people-centered approach. Special attention will be given to the case of East Asia.
Benefits for K-16 educators: Educators who attend all three session will receive a Certificate of Completion and a set of grade-appropriate materials for their classrooms. Pennsylvania educators who want Act 48 hours must attend all three sessions. This mini-course is hosted by the University of Pittsburgh's National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA), and Global Studies Center, and is co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh.