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What would happen if everyone had potable water?

Water is considered “blue gold,” but it’s more valuable than gold. In this course, you learn about your water footprint, water in your body, in your hometown, and on the planet.

We explore water from personal, social, and creative views in this lively online class with conversations, films, readings, and guest experts from around the world to answer your individual questions.

Guest experts from around the world visit you online to discuss:

  • What is your water footprint?
  • What is virtual water?
  • How can we create solutions?

We start the conversation with your connection to water and the water in your body. We discover how water is connected to every part of our lives. Next, we ripple out to streams, rivers, and oceans, then national and global water issues. Why is water an important part of diverse cultures? What are the realities of water, power, and justice?

If you’d like more info, ask Mara at malper@ithaca.edu

Mara Alper is Professor Emerita at Ithaca College. Since 2008 she developed three water courses: The Power of Water, Water Planet, and Media & The Environment: Water Issues.

As a water activist, she gives public talks about global water awareness, particularly water conservation and stormwater management. She was invited to offer her multi-media presentation “Re-Imagining Water” at the 7th World Water Forum in South Korea in the Citizens Forum, Cornell University, Dillard University, Contemporary Arts Center/New Orleans, Wells College, and the Finger Lakes Bioneers Sustainability Conference. She created the documentary short Sacred Waters of Bali, and currently serves on the Tompkins County Water Resource Council.

Class Meetings: There are no pre-scheduled class meeting times. Professors will schedule meeting times that work directly with students.