Chapter Reflection Questions and Explorations

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  1. What chemical and physical properties of water make this resource vital for supporting life on Earth?

  2. Define bioaccumulation. What uses of water contribute to bioaccumulation?

  3. What countries are or will be most affected by global water crisis? What countries actually consume a majority of the world’s water?

  4. Do you know people who live in coastal regions? Where would they go if sea levels rose and overtook their homes?

  5. What moral principles are necessary to consider when addressing water conflicts?

  6. What ethical questions are raised by the privatization of water?

  7. How have water’s physical properties contributed to its use as a symbol in religious rituals?

  8. In the Christian religious tradition, what is the source of a spirituality of gratitude?


  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.