Reflection Questions

  1. Does knowledge of the physical and chemical properties of water and the bioaccumulation processes suggest ways in which we could be more careful with water, especially in relation to pollution?
  2. Which regions of your country are most affected by the global water crisis? Do you know if any of them are taking actions to try to help?
  3. We know from experience that countries and regions where water is scarce are more aware of its importance and therefore make more efficient use of it. Could you imagine an environmental education campaign that helps raise awareness and leads to concrete saving and non-polluting actions with elements that we have studied in this chapter? Include science, ethics, and spirituality.
  4. Could you design and propose a symbolic act or paraliturgy in favor of the care of water and gratitude to God for all the life and beauty that we receive through it?


  1. Working in small groups, take a large piece of paper and trace the path that water takes from its source to your faucet and back to the earth. Be sure to label locations where evaporation, condensation, precipitation, transpiration, and runoff can occur along H2O’s cycle.
  2. Some laundry detergents advertise as “eco-friendly”. Are they? Consult this website and find out.
  3. Research how a particular faith tradition respects water. Create a poem, short story, or formal essay that expresses the spiritual importance of water in the faith tradition that you have studied.
  4. Choose one of the regional reports in this chapter, summarize the report in a few sentences, and create a poster using pictures, charts, tables, and other visual graphics to present one region’s water issues to your peers and teachers.