Measure your water footprint with H2O Conserve's easy-to-use calculator, and wrap your head around the impact of the BP oil spill using this trio of classroom resources.
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Great Resources for Teaching

from the August 2010 YES! Education Connection Newsletter

Read the newsletter: Lessons to celebrate and protect clean, fresh water

From measuring your water footprint to understanding the breadth of the BP oil spill, here is a bounty of resources for your classroom of local and world citizens.

H2O Conserve

Water conservation is something that anyone can do. But it does take time and awareness. H2O Conserve offers tools and information to help your students make water conservation part of their everyday lives.

Water Footprint Calculator

A water footprint measures how much water someone uses for a specific duration of time. It includes water that is used directly (shower, cooking, drinking) and indirectly to produce consumer goods (plastic to produce).

H2O Conserve-Water Calculator

The H2O Conserve Water Footprint Calculator will give you and your students an honest assessment of how much water you use. It will applaud what you’re doing well (recycling saves water!) and flag where you might improve. Rather than wallow in the fact that Americans have the world’s largest water footprints—reflective of our reliance on animal products—motivate your students to find out where they can begin making positive changes.

VISIT: Water Footprint Calculator

Water Saving Tips

After your students have measured their water footprints, review these water saving tips and choose some to adopt; for a start, select one that is relatively easy and another that is do-able, but requires some thought and effort.  H2O Conserve categorizes suggestions by usage (kitchen, gardening, entertainment, etc.) and notes if they’re free, low-cost or somewhat pricey. Explore the benefits of graywater systems, which recycles water used in the home i.e. shower, laundry, sink, and find out if graywater reuse is allowed in your community.

EXPLORE: Water Saving Tips


BP Oil Spill Bundle

The BP oil spill has raised many questions, but with little consensus on how to recover and prevent such devastation from happening again. What we know for certain is that it’s the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. History. Here is a bundle of resources to help your students make sense of this disaster and begin the healing process.


Oil on Orange Beach, photo by David Rencher

Oil from the BP disaster washes up on Orange Beach in Alabama.

Photo by David Rencher

Oil Spill Lesson Plans

The Bridge is a growing collection of the best marine education resources available online. Its lesson plans and activities on oil spills—from cause to cleanup—comes from a number of organizations, including National Geographic, the Smithsonian, and National Ocean Service. .

DISCOVER: The Bridge—Oil Spill Resources


50 Ways to Stop an Oil Leak

By June 2, 2010, BP had received 31,600 suggestions from members of the public on how to cap the oil well and deal with the oil spill. In this article from the BBC,  Professor Iraj Ershaghi, director of petroleum engineering at the University of Southern California, gives his expert verdict on a select group of citizen proposals.

EXPLORE: BBC - The Oil Spill, Your Solutions

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