Frank van Steenbergen
Water is all important. It is everywhere. It gives life but also sometimes takes it. Water travels through all of us, we drink it, it leaves our bodies, it flows in rivers, it sits in lakes and reservoirs, it evaporates into clouds and falls down or high in the mountains as snows. It crawls down the hills in glaciers or rushes down in rivulets and rivers. Animals drink it, plants thrive on it. It is all the same water – going from one to the other. Water has been around for ages and is still new-born and sparkling when it emerges. Water is in an endless cycle – millennia old and fresh at the same time. The water we drink may have seen the reflection of dinosaurs. The flowing of water is the sign of life itself.
In preparing lessons on water it is useful to consult with teachers of different disciplines, as water has so many facets: food and nutrition (health/biology), agricultural development (economics), contamination (chemistry), river basins (geography), floods and droughts and water civilizations (history) and culture (language).
Water binds us together and connects us. It transports us and carries us away. Take for instance this poem by Ted Hughes on the tragic death of Lady Diana, the Princess of Wales, in Paris in 1997.
The author is director of MetaMeta, a company devoted to better water, management and to communication. He can be reached at [email protected].