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Environmental Justice and Freshwater Resources - Spanish Adaptation

Environmental Justice and Freshwater Resources - Spanish Adaptation

intro-intermediate InTeGrate module Ruth Hoff, (Wittenberg University)
Editor: Anne Egger (Central Washington University)
Adapted from the Environmental Justice and Freshwater Resources Module6-Unit

Summary

This module enables Spanish-language students to identify the freshwater components of the hydrologic cycle and connect them to the basic need of all human beings for equal access to clean freshwater. This is accomplished by framing the water science within theories of environmental justice defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as "the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies." Students articulate the principles of environmental justice as they relate to examples of water scarcity and contamination in specific cases in Latin American and the Southwest U.S.

Strengths of the module

Students who learn with this module will:
  • Gain Spanish-language skills through exploring the intersection of science and society in the context of equal access to freshwater as a basic human right
  • Engage in data- and language-rich activities that address water resources and their availability in Latin America and the southwestern US
  • Explore the scientific and social context and consequences of a proposed hydroelectric project and oil extraction
In working with data, students will:
  • Work with rainfall, topographic, and soil permeability data to learn watershed concepts
  • Use Google Earth to explore the relationship between topography and reservoir filling
  • Analyze well data to predict groundwater and contaminant flow
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NGSS in this Module

This module provides a series of activities for students to investigate the ecosystem services associated with local land use and its relation to water that could be modified for use by students in K-12 settings. Throughout the module students use Google Earth and EPA's National Stormwater Calculator to model the impact of land cover changes on stormwater runoff. The National Stormwater Calculator could be used at the middle and high school level as can much of the introductory PowerPoints and Google Earth activities.

A great fit for Spanish-language courses in:

  • environmental studies
  • human rights
  • global change
  • conversation
  • contemporary issues


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These materials are part of a collection of classroom-tested modules and courses developed by InTeGrate. The materials engage students in understanding the earth system as it intertwines with key societal issues. The collection is freely available and ready to be adapted by undergraduate educators across a range of courses including: general education or majors courses in Earth-focused disciplines such as geoscience or environmental science, social science, engineering, and other sciences, as well as courses for interdisciplinary programs.
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