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This month, March, is all about Water.

How far in to your day this morning did you have your first interaction with water? What were the steps you took to have access to it? How much water have you used or consumed today? Did you use electricity or transportation today?

Water is vital to life. We are here because of it. In fact, it makes up 57-60% of the average human body. We’d like to challenge Canadians to pause, reflect and learn more about the role water plays in our individual lives, our communities, Canada – and even the world.

How to participate: 

As you familiarize yourself with digital tools and programming languages throughout the month of March, we would like for you to explore various topics about this vital resource of ours. Anything goes. We’ll leave this up to you – but thinking about awareness, sustainability, access and quality might be a great starting point.

Hey Teachers: we’d love for you to participate as well! Check out our teacher resources, select a lesson plan and challenge your students to create their projects around the theme. We love using “How might we….?” statements.

For example, “How might we….”

  • Improve equitable access to water?   
  • Reduce our water usage footprint?
  • Educate more people on water security?

Here are some digital project ideas:  

  • Develop a website that shares every day hacks on how we can reduce our water usage footprint
  • Create a video game around drinking our daily recommended amount of water  
  • Develop a website that builds awareness on communities who have a lack of access to water
  • Explore ideas on how we might design a specific product on water purification or using water to power electricity
  • Develop a website sharing your findings on water security and some amazing initiatives you’ve come across that are making a difference

We will leave your digital project up to you – and welcome you to be as imaginative and inventive as you like! We encourage you to learn something new and expand your perspective!

Share your projects with us!

Share photos, screenshots or videos of your digital projects you’ve started using the #clcCode4Change hashtag! We want to see what you end up creating. Remember that learning something new is a work-in-progress. We hope you continue to work on the project you’ve started with us – beyond the classroom!

Get inspired!

Hear from Autumn Peltier, a 13 year old Anishinaabe girl from Wikwemikong First Nation and advocate for clean water for Indigenous communities in Canada: 

Learn about how Canadian tech startup, Anaergia is using technology to recycle water from organic waste streams.

Some additional resources that you might find helpful:

  • Alberta Water has listed some interesting facts about water in Canada. Check them out here
  • Check out this TED-Ed talk on what would happen if we didn’t drink water.
  • UNESCO works on building scientific knowledge to help countries manage their water resources in a sustainable way. Learn more about their initiatives and resources here.
  • Water Canada promotes better water management and stewardship of our most important natural resource. Learn more here.
  • Government of Canada’s commitment to Water Management. Initiatives and data can be found here.
  • Sustainable Development Goals #6 is centred around ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. Learn more here.