School Resources

“Activities” section and page numbers refer to:
Avizhar, Amy Lipman and Sami Backleh. “Resource Guide for Environmental Educators: Good Water Neighbors.” Friends of the Earth Middle East. 2003

Developing a Personal Connection to Water
Understanding Water Use
  • How much water do I use? What do I use it for?

    Activities:

    3.1 Need or Consumerism? – pg 61-63
    Raising awareness about the quantities of water we use and waste every day
    3.3. Virtual Water – pg 66 – 68
    Understanding the concept of virtual water and how water is used for production, manufacture, consumption and waste of various products
    3.4 How much water do we eat? – pg 69 – 72
    Linking our everyday habits to the term water footprint

    Online Resources:

    Water Footprint Calculator

    National Geographic Water Footprint Calculator

  • How have the ways in which we use water changed over time?

    Activities:

    1.5 Ancient Water Systems pg. 20 – 22
    Historical investigation of ancient water

Rainwater Harvesting
Uses of Rainwater
  • What is in my grey water? Can I use grey water to irrigate my garden?

    Activity:

    3.2 Turning Grey to Blue pg. 64 – 65
    Implementing a simple technique to demonstrate the way a grey-water purification system works.

    Videos:

    Greywater systems

    Rainwater harvesting and permaculture in Jordan

    About greywater reuse – what is grey water?

    Lesson:

    WRAP Greywater Lecture: This lecture developed by WRAP Board Member Dr. Malcolm Siegel explores the components of greywater and rainwater and how best to measure them.

  • How do I construct a greywater system? 

    Video:

    Creating a home greywater system: basics on what a greywater system is and how to start designing your own system.

  • How is greywater beneficial to me, my school, and my community? 

    Overview of greywater reuse: The potential for greywater systems to aid sustainable water management – case study on how the use of greywater in Lebanon and Jordan empowered women in poor communities on page 9.

Learning About Other Water Resources
  • What are alternatives to rainwater harvesting? Why do we use rainwater harvesting instead of the alternative sources of water?

    Activities:

    3.6 Desalination – How much, and what are the alternatives? Pg. 76 – 77A number of sections in the book Water Care provoke critical thinking about water management and the cost of water. See key sections on page 98-99 and 103 – 104.

Good Water Neighbors
  • Who do we share water resources with?

    Activity:

    2.4 The Transboundary Water Basin pg. 40 – 43

  • Who else is using rainwater harvesting?
  • Could rainwater harvesting help end water conflict, and possibly ethnic conflict, in our region?

    Activities:

    2.5 Whose Water is it anyway? Pg. 44 – 48
    Experimenting with power relations among stakeholders in the watershed. Managing the negotiation process and consolidating a consensus on the topic of water. Analyzing water problems in the shared watershed and suggesting resolutions.
    4.6 Environmental Decision-Making – pg. 108 – 110
    Experiencing environmental dilemmas and familiarization with the concepts “environmental justice” and “the commons.” Participating in the process of democratic decision making.
    5.1 The Right to Water pg. 142 – 144
    Analyzing the connecting between need, wish, and right. Defining the right to water
    5.2 Conflict as an opportunity for change pg. 145 – 146
    Familiarize with conflict and ways of coping on the personal level
    Familiarize with the concept that conflict is also an opportunity for change.
    5.3 Communicating and Creating a Win-Win Situation pg. 147 – 150
    Practicing communication and creating a win-win status using three exercises
    5.4 The Water Dilemma pg. 151 – 154
    Raising awareness of the disparities between Israel and Palestine relative to water supply and needs.
    5.5 Breaking the Stereotype pg. 155 – 156
    Familiarization with the concept of “stereotype” and its impact on our behavior

  • Activities to prepare for a regional meeting between schools

    Activities:

    5.6 Preparing for the Regional Meeting pg. 157 – 158
    To coordinate expectations and cope with fears prior to the encounter with neighbors.
    5.8 Ice-Breaking Games pg. 161 -165
    Social: breaking the ice among participants
    Cognitive: Learning names
    Emotional: tightening connections among participants