January 21

Dear Division 16,

I’ve been thinking a lot about how many different ways we relate to the water around us and how many approaches there are to solving the problems we face as a society when it comes to our water usage.

I found this article that I think is super interesting because it suggests categories for responding to water issues.  Not only that, but it takes it’s leadership from a Canadian First Nation, the Okanagan Nation.

Please read the article, choose one or more of the tips contained there, and answer the question that follows.


In your response today, please identify which of the 5 tips in the article you would like to write about and make a personal connection to your project.  Perhaps you’ve looked at the change in glaciers and want to comment on what we’ve learned about past behaviour that can help protect the future.

Maybe you’ve been inspired by the work of our elected representatives and our community members to protect water sources and are feeling connected to our democratic process and want to write about laws and how they can protect our water in the future.

Make sure you’re connecting the text in the article to your learning process through the Hydrosphere project so far.

I look forward to your responses,





  1. Amythest

    I’m doing my project on: North Atlantic Icebergs near Greenland. I think the 1st one connects to my project. I think that because even though there’s no law on harvesting icebergs it is important that there are still icebergs, just like water. There has to be icebergs at all times because the icebergs are home to penguins, polar bears and more but not having icebergs could also affect the fish because maybe they like to hide under the icebergs from other animals so it would be bad if there were no icebergs. Also where would the polar bears and the peinguins go because the icebergs are their homes.

    • dickensdiv16

      It’s interesting how connected things are when you start noticing and appreciating water in its different forms in our environment. Your work on icebergs takes our thinking outside of our own backyard and sparks thinking about all of the essential ways water impacts us and also how we impact water!

  2. The Bean

    #1 Acknowledging the past, present, and future. The ganges has been a cultural symbol in India for thousands of years for all of it’s people. Up until the past hundred years or so the Ganges was a clean and healthy water source for millions of people, but now the river is dirty, polluted and dangerous for anyone who may depend on it. In 1985 a group called the Ganges Action Plan (GAP) started working to clean the river and help restore it to health. The plan ultimately had little to no affect on the river’s state and in the last twenty years it has become twice as polluted. Large corporations have contributed the most to the polluting constantly dumping waste and chemicals farther up the river which is slowly brought down the river. One of the best actions we could take would be to stop these companies from polluting by showing them how it affects the 500 million people that depend on this river and how their ignorance is harming the lives of all of them. Much more effort can be put into cleaning and restoring the river by the government and people of India but they need help form the people that pollute it in the first place.

    • dickensdiv16

      Very nicely applied, The Bean, it’s obvious you’re well read about the Ganges and its history. Water belongs to all people and should be public and safe. I’m so glad that through the work of many activists, awareness has been raised about how the actions and profits of a few have had a negative effect on the lives of many. Like you, I believe we can stop this kind of pollution, but we all need to act together!

  3. den10@sea43

    I am responding to number 2. I think that it is vary important to see things differently and give thanks. Like I learned in this articles said that we should around and remember are morning routing and how we use water for showering, coffee,etc. so we should give thanks to that. Also we should watch how we use water and not wast it because we have so little water that is accessible to us and one of the places that water is vary hard to get is in glaciers. But now people are taking water from glaciers and selling it.

    • dickensdiv16

      Thank you for this, den10@sea43, for me, it’s a powerful demonstration of how precious fresh water is when we consider how much of the world’s water is unsuitable for the kinds of things you describe in your post.

  4. Soccerboy123ABC

    i am doing my project on the northwest passage and i am responding to number 1 i think that if there were no icebergs where the northwest passage is mapped out today it would be a much different story because it took explorers almost 300 years for the northwest passage to be mapped and if all those men didn’t die who nose of what they could of done or invented or explored before other people. it also destroys animal and people habitat habitat if all the ice melts because there are so many animals like polar bears,penguin,gray whales and the Inuit that live in Antarctica and use the ice for ice fishing and there homes.

    • dickensdiv16

      You’re right – icebergs and ice were serious barriers to the exploration of the Northwest Passage. The loss of human life is always terrible, and there is a real loss of potential in the deaths of those explorers. Do you think that knowledge (mapping uncharted territories) has the same priority today?

  5. Crazychicken lover

    1# i think that the northwest passage has a huge effect on the animals that live within the route like polar bears and gray whales and the northern atlantic gray whale use to be a thriving species in the 17th century and 18th until we affected them by hunting them so much . In the present, now theyre are none in the atlantic. Hopefully in the future theyre will be more gray whales and the extinct northatlantic gray whale will be back to normal. Polar bears have been affected by the moving sea platforms and are losing more weight than the average size than before. But hopefully they will start to thrive again. The northwest passage use to be a symbol of the harsh arctic and now it has finally opened. Alot has changed over the past few decades.

    • dickensdiv16

      Crazychicken lover, enormous change like what you’re describing in the Northwest Passage has the potential to seriously change the lives and habitat of many animals. It’s clear you have studied this issue carefully. I’m so curious to see what conclusions you will draw from your research

  6. crazymemeslol123

    #2 i would like to respond to the part where you don’t waste water I wouldn’t use water for unknown reasons like say filling up a water balloon with cold water and place it in the shade of the hot sun and watch it pop that would be stupid but maybe a life experience where you don’t place cold water balloons in the sun for too long and watch them explode into smitherines but that’s a horrible way to waste good water we have a limited number of resources I mean water can’t grow on trees if it can we would have unlimited resources so we don’t have to find a new planet to go start sreaching for fresh new water and lots of life need that presious water most animal life needs that water but I think we should care about ourselves first then the animals.

    • dickensdiv16

      crazymemeslol123 I agree there are many reckless uses of water and you’ve given an example of things one person might do. What about the wasting of water by countries, companies or industry?

  7. super cheese cake

    I am doing a project with my group about the Nile we learned lots about the Nile’s past. I think the Egyptian and us really need to dream about getting the Nile cleaner then ever because the Nile is super dirty you can get very sick if you drink the water from the Nile. Because the Egyptians kept throwing garbage inside the Nile and they were allowed. They should change the law so that the Nile won’t get polluted too much because the Nile is Egyptians’ main food source and lots of animals depend on it. If we want to change the Nile’s environment, it needs a lot of collaborations, patience and fortitude (as tip 4).

    • dickensdiv16

      We really do need to recognize how much of a role water plays in our food production! Do you think that changing the laws would be enough to protect the water of the Nile River?

  8. Rouge

    I am doing mine on #4 which is “tap into your inner strength and suppleness”. I think that this tip is telling us that it is up to us and our community to preserve the water and to make the change. My group is doing our project on Adams River (located in Kamloops BC.) In the area of Kamloops River there are Aboriginal tribes called the “Secwepemc People”, they use the river’s water in their everyday lives and they protect the water and keep it clean for other tribes and communities to use as well as themselves. I think that the tip connects to my project because the tribe is making the change (keeping the water clean and using it responsibly), unlike the other rivers where there is severe pollution resulting from humans and human made chemicals. I also think the tip is about learning from the water and applying it to our lives (eg: gentleness, patience, and flow.) This tip is important to use to stay calm and peaceful with your mind and others around you.

    • dickensdiv16

      Rouge, you are so thoughtful in weaving ideas together to make connections. If we all take the time to notice and pay attention to the lessons that the natural world has to teach us, we can begin to live in a different way that is respectful of people, tradition and the natural world. I believe this is possible.

  9. Joaquin

    Our group is doing our project on the Capilano Reservoir, in our research I learned that the reservoir is connected to the Seymour-Capilano Filtration Plant; which cleans our water without the use of Chlorine. In tip # 2, it talks about respecting water and being thankful for it. There are so many ways that we use water every day in our lives- we brush our teeth, wash our faces, go to the bathroom, shower, use it to make tea/coffee, cook our food and so much more. I think we need to be more aware of how we use our water and remember how lucky we are that our water is so clean- that any time we turn on a tap or go to a water fountain we have fresh, clean water that is safe for us to drink. We are also so lucky that we can use water whenever we want to, that we do not have limits or restrictions for it (well, we do sometimes in extreme drought). In so many countries people do not have clean water for them to drink and to use for every day purposes. Sometimes people have to use dirty, unhealthy water to just survive. Disease & Death http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/global/wash_statistics.html

    “An estimated 801,000 children younger than 5 years of age perish from diarrhea each year, mostly in developing countries. This amounts to 11% of the 7.6 million deaths of children under the age of five and means that about 2,200 children are dying every day as a result of diarrheal diseases.
    Unsafe drinking water, inadequate availability of water for hygiene, and lack of access to sanitation together contribute to about 88% of deaths from diarrheal diseases.”

    Just reading about the effects of dirty water in underdeveloped countries makes me really thankful that we have fresh clean water. I think that many people take this for granted, I think that we need to make sure we are taking better care of our water supply.


    #1 The Hindu people Have bathed in and worshipped the Ganges River for over 3,500 years.In the past it was one of the main things that structured the Hindu religion an gave the people of the religion something to practice daily or weekly.The Hindi people pay no heed to the Ganges dirty state and continue to bathe in it, despite the fact that the Ganges is the source of many diseases such as cholera, E.coli, Typhiod and many others. Species in the Ganges such as the pink river dolphin, may have adapted to the waste and carcasses over time. Dumped into the river every day and in addition the tons of sewage dumped into the river by the 500 million people that depend on it.

    #2 In our Ganges research work we have discovered that their is a temple in the town of Gangotri which is near the Gaumukh glacier in the Himalayas. The Gaumukh glacier is the source of the Ganges river, but the Hindu people believe that the real source of the Ganges is the heavens (which is sort of true because it comes from snow), so they pray at the temple to bring the water down. This Hindu belief shows that the river–and its waters–are precious and worth worshipping. This helps me see how important water can be, especially to the Hindu people who Ganges river is the cleanser of their sins. Another belief about the Ganges is that if your ashes from cremation are dumped into the Ganges you will be taken to another paradise. But also there has been dead bodies in the Ganges because of the same belief.

  11. iron laturn

    #2 our group is doing a project on the capilano resevior so not using as much water would be good and would effect the in a resevior good way you can use less water by having less water in your bath or don’t take as many baths or don’t even take any baths at all!
    [i wish].
    if we shared water evenly around the world know one would have bad water. :]

  12. Ginger

    The people in India, Nepal and Bangladesh are so thankful for the Ganges River, but they treat it so poorly. There are people living along the Ganges who worship and give thanks to the goddess Ganga, who created the Ganges River in Hindu religion. Every day, they submerge themselves in the river to worship, yet at night they toss all of the day’s garbage into it. 260 million liters of industrial waste is released daily into the river. Although people near the river are very thankful for the drinking water they receive from the Ganges they must not be knowledgeable about the importance of keeping the river clean and healthy. As well, they might not have other options for garbage, sewer and industrial waste disposal. I would think that thankfulness in general would help keep rivers clean because people care and want to help keep the river they worship clean and healthy, but this might not be a current option for the people of the Ganges.

  13. baconguy

    #1. The first tip she said in the article was to acknowledge water because it connects us with all living things and our ancestors. I connected this to my project because I am doing a project on the Hubbard Glacier and I think that it is a good example of people acknowledging forms of water because people are acknowledging the beautiful sight, and it is connecting to our ancestors because of all the times something big has happened around the Hubbard Glacier.

  14. balloongirl123

    The Okanagan nation alliance held a forum for people from surrounding communities to discuss the future of water in in the region.

  15. arcticowl

    I am doing my project on North Atlantic icebergs near green land though i think that number 1 has a strong connection to your project . Because if we think about the past its much better then now in the past we didn’t have to worry about overflow of water but now we do . There is so much icebergs falling off glaciers and that causes overflow of water because the icebergs are melting quicker and the water is getting warmer every summer .

  16. DancingPorcupine

    I chose ” Acknowledge past, present and future.” This connects to my project (which is on the Adams river) because of the number of salmon that has been decreasing over the years. For example, in 2010, 3800,000 salmon returned to spawn, in 2014 there were 700,000 and in 2015 only 150,000 came back and if we don’t do anything about the numbers will keep decreasing in the future.

  17. smeagaleater10

    My project is on the Hubbard glacier and I want to make a connection with the hydrologic cycle. From research I learned that 97% of our planet’s water is salt water, and of the 3% that is fresh water, almost 70% comes from ice caps and glaciers. If we melt the ice caps because of greenhouse gases, the sea levels will rise and there will be an environmental unbalance. Then there will be no fresh water for drinking or growing food. Quoting the third tip What we do to water, we do to ourselves.

  18. Sr.Fruitcake

    I can relate to tip three because it says we must appreciate water because so much of our life is based around it. My project was on the Dead Sea and there the water levels have been dropping up to a meter a year. We do use water so much and the way we use it is often wasteful. like taking water for fracking or in the dead sea for evaporation and mining for its minerals and salts. I understand what the article is referring to with that point.


    My project is about the North Atlantic icebergs near Greenland (the tip is acknowledge past , present and future). This made me think of where I icebergs have come from which is from the glaciers and ice shelfs in Greenland. This post has also made me think of where icebergs will go, which is melting into water heading south.

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