Understanding Water Literacy in the Anthropocene

Type: Paper
Theme:
Sponsor Groups: , Water Resources Specialty Group, Africa Specialty Group
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Day: 4/9/2020
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM
Room: Century, Sheraton, IM Pei Tower, Majestic Level
Organizers: Thomas LaVanchy, Michael Kerwin, Hillary Hamann
Chairs: Thomas LaVanchy

Call for Submissions

Water literacy can be broadly understood as water-related knowledge regarding various facets of the hydrologic and hydrosocial cycles. As Malin Falkenmark identified on the occasion of the 1977 UN Water Conference, “The basis for all our efforts toward a more intelligent use and maintenance of the global water resources is knowledge and widespread use of such knowledge in the approach to practical problems.” (Falkenmark 1977: 9)

This knowledge is increasingly fundamental for societies and water managers to cope with the changing spatial-temporal patterns of freshwater availability in the Anthropocene. These changes require both a collective and individual commitment toward education and practical action to protect dwindling potable water sources at risk from warming, reduced snowfall and snowpack, and threat of recurring drought. If cities are to become water sensitive, communities must necessarily be open to changes in policy, practice and technology. Water literacy is a key element in empowering openness to change, and ultimately, progress towards protection of our water resources.

For this paper session, we would like to shed light on the various needs, opportunities and forms of water literacy.

We invite contributions that:
● Theorize frameworks for the field of water literacy
● Analyze awareness and action about water scarcity
● Investigate natural barriers to water literacy
● Present case studies from diverse world regions
● Examine the role of different actors in creating, impeding, or communicating water literacy

If interested, please email an abstract (250 words or less) and presenter identification number (PIN) by November 10th to Thomas LaVanchy (thomas.lavanchy@okstate.edu) or Meghan McCarroll (Meghan.McCarroll@du.edu). Note: the AAG requires that all participants in organized sessions be registered for the conference and submit abstracts by October 30, 2019.
For more information, please see: https://www2.aag.org/aagannualmeeting/


Works cited

Falkenmark, Malin. “Water and Mankind: A Complex System of Mutual Interaction.” Ambio, vol. 6, no. 1, 1977, pp. 3–9. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/4312233.


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Water literacy can be broadly understood as water-related knowledge regarding various facets of the hydrologic and hydrosocial cycles. As Malin Falkenmark identified on the occasion of the 1977 UN Water Conference, “The basis for all our efforts toward a more intelligent use and maintenance of the global water resources is knowledge and widespread use of such knowledge in the approach to practical problems.” (Falkenmark 1977: 9)

This knowledge is increasingly fundamental for societies and water managers to cope with the changing spatial-temporal patterns of freshwater availability in the Anthropocene. These changes require both a collective and individual commitment toward education and practical action to protect dwindling potable water sources at risk from warming, reduced snowfall and snowpack, and threat of recurring drought. If cities are to become water sensitive, communities must necessarily be open to changes in policy, practice and technology. Water literacy is a key element in empowering openness to change, and ultimately, progress towards protection of our water resources.

For this paper session, we would like to shed light on the various needs, opportunities and forms of water literacy.

We invite contributions that:
● Theorize frameworks for the field of water literacy
● Analyze awareness and action about water scarcity
● Investigate natural barriers to water literacy
● Present case studies from diverse world regions
● Examine the role of different actors in creating, impeding, or communicating water literacy



Works cited

Falkenmark, Malin. “Water and Mankind: A Complex System of Mutual Interaction.” Ambio, vol. 6, no. 1, 1977, pp. 3–9. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/4312233.


Agenda

Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Hillary Hamann*, University of Denver, Meghan McCarroll, University of Denver, Water Literacy: What do we know about what we know about water? 15 8:00 AM
Presenter Michael W. Kerwin*, University of Denver, G. Thomas LaVanchy, Oklahoma State University, Meghan McCarroll, University of Denver, How a three-year drought nearly depleted Cape Town’s water supply: Implications for global water literacy 15 8:15 AM
Presenter Meghan McCarroll*, University of Denver, Michael Kerwin, University of Denver, G. Thomas LaVanchy, Oklahoma State University, Tourism water literacy during Cape Town's Day Zero drought 15 8:30 AM
Presenter Elizabeth Carlino*, Southern Connecticut State University, Says who? How the water crisis shaped development discourse among key stakeholders in the Philippi Horticultural Area, Cape Town, South Africa 15 8:45 AM
Presenter Thomas LaVanchy*, Oklahoma State University, Michael W Kerwin, University of Denver, Meghan McCarroll, University of Denver, Kathryn Klygis, University of Denver, Perspectives on Day Zero from a township in Cape Town, South Africa 15 9:00 AM

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