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Water: A Life or Death Issue

July 3 – 25, 2020

Location: Humber Lakeshore Campus

Water is essential for life, but the world’s supply of clean fresh water is threatened by growing levels of pollution, increasing demands, and decreasing availability. The UN reports that nearly one billion people lack access to clean drinking water and nearly four million people die each year from water-related diseases. This course examines the availability, use and management of water resources on global and local scales. Students analyze the factors that determine global water availability and changes to global water resources due to climate change, agriculture, industrialization, land use change, and pollution. Then through guided field trips, group discussion and independent field work, students learn the key flooding and water quality issues facing local watersheds and produce a capstone project prescribing a suitable watershed restoration plan for a single watershed.