|Letter from the Editors|
Exploring the role of water in the world today is a difficult task. Water is obviously essential to survival, but its access, distribution, uses, and misuses present a very complex picture, and one that overlaps with many other issues confronting the global community today. As you consume international, national, and local news, notice how many stories are about water, even when water is not ostensibly their subject. From environmental sustainability to poverty to war to food to business to women to children – these are all, in some way, stories about water. In the classroom, these stories are great ways to teach about Science, Math, English, History, and more. A tangible issue like water can also serve as an excellent illustration of the many intertwining dependencies which characterize today’s world.
Recognizing the importance of water in our lives, societies, economies, and nations is becoming more urgent, as stresses to the system become more prevalent. Benjamin Franklin wrote in Poor Richard’s Almanac in 1746, “when the well is dry, we know the value of water.” We invite you to explore the challenges and opportunities faced by the global community in stewarding this vital resource.
The World Savvy Monitor Team
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The November edition of the World Savvy Monitor was written by Cate Biggs. The Monitor is edited by Anita Trachte and Laura Neumeister. The Classroom Companion is written by Kelly Korenak and Linda Chang. Charmagne Campbell-Patton manages production and outreach. Jenny Singleton provides production and technical support. Steff Eiter is our webmaster. Edward Wang leads foundation and individual donations. Dana Curran Mortenson, Casey Budesilich and the World Savvy Board provide program oversight.