10. Healthy London Water and Gender Equality

By Martin Crabbe | March 08 2019

10. Healthy London Water and Gender Equality

Blog Category: Campaign updateBlog Tags: Education and Education

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    Climate Action 10 (#Love London. Love the World.)

    Target audience: Key Stage 3 Chemistry students

    1. A Gender Equality Project (Global Goal 5)
    • After you have watched the video, take part in the survey. You can do this as an individual or a whole class and you can do it online.
    • Click here to do the survey 
    • Start Section 2 on Healthy London Water. Consider the jobs available in this sector.
    • Discuss: Are there some jobs in the Water Industry better suited to men? Can you find out how women are represented in this sector?

    Good Luck!

    1. Healthy London Water

    London’s population is now around 9 million, the biggest ever. One of the major challenges in protecting the health of people in the city is to be able to provide water that is fit to drink. With an increasing London population we are faced with difficult questions:

    • Would Londoners be happy to drink water that has been recovered from sewage directly?
    • Do we know or care what effect our waste has on the sewers and water treatment plants?
    • What causes ‘fatbergs’?
    • Can we help to prevent blockages in the sewers?

    This unit relates to the pure and impure substances section of the science (chemistry) national curriculum. Students will consider what we mean by pure substances and how polluted water can be cleaned and stored. They will consider contemporary technological developments that are aiming to resolve issues related to the Victorian system that is still largely in use, as well as celebrating the history of technology that has supported the population of London over the centuries. Students can explore their own locality and become involved in local citizen science projects measuring the quality of local water in ponds and lakes. They may also visit water works, both those that are still working and those that relate to the history of water and the processing of waste in London.

    Click here to see the resource on Healthy London Water

    With special mention to the Museum of London and UCL Institute of Education.

    1. Background to this resource

    This project aims to:

    1. Connect London’s schools to great resources based on their city and
    2. To suggest ways to introduce a global perspective to their work.

    Each blog will be based on two major curriculum resources available freely to teachers:

    1. The London Curriculum– developed by experts in their field working in partnership with the Mayor of London and his Education and Youth team.
    2. The World’s Largest Lesson– produced by Project Everyone in partnership with Unicef to help schools address three major challenges:
    • End extreme poverty
    • Fight inequality and injustice
    • Tackle climate change

    Each blog will aim to provide ways for teachers to reflect on these big issues through their own contexts, subject areas and from a London perspective.

    Thanks to the teams at City Hall and Project Everyone for providing these great resources. Some of my blog has been adapted from their websites.

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