Nature Based Solutions for the Future of Water


Water is a basic need for all living things. In parallel with global climate changes;

water pollution has created one of the biggest threats to the future. This threat is growing;

the water is running out. Now, the quest for the most efficient use of water resources

top of the agenda.

Real Life Problems:

– What are the causes of water problems?

– What are the Nature Based Solution (NBS) pathways?

– Dirty water cleared?

– How important is water?

We prepared a poster describing the lesson activities with the students.

Author: Funda Talay

Date: 21-22/04 /2021

Subject : Social Science, Environmental Studies, Information Technologies

Topic :  Global Climate Change; Water management and water literacy

Age of students : 11-13 year old students

Aim of the Lesson

1.They will understand that waste must be recycled to minimize water pollution.

2. Measures taken against water pollution; They will understand that in order to be effective, it must be sustainable.

3.Natural resources around us; They will understand that there is environmental sustainability in improving quality.

4. The student learns the precautions to be taken against nature problems at home and at school.

Activity 1. Is the dirty water being cleaned?

A video on the effects of global warming on water was watched. (second video)

 • A plastic box was brought to the classroom.

• Full of water. Banana peel, seed pod, food packaging, oil, paper, plastic, etc. Waste is full.

• After the water was completely contaminated, the children were asked to clean the water and separate the garbage. For this; students were given materials that they can use. (gloves, tongs, strainer)

• They were asked to separate household garbage.

• Contaminated water is drained. It was seen that not all waste was destroyed.

• Children, why is the water still oily and dirty? A brainstorm that it is happening.

• A video about the need for recycling.

• The children were asked to dream of swimming in the polluted sea. They expressed their ideas through empathy.

• Discussions and notes on what can be done to prevent pollution.

Conclusion: The student understood that the behaviour of trying and protecting water resources with empathy is respect for nature. Children; realized that they could clean the water on their own and not by others. He grasped the importance of waste management. At the end of the experiment, each student; realized that simple actions at homemade water sustainable. (waste oil collection etc.)

Activity 2: Plant-Soil-Water

Water is a source of life for living things. To observe this situation; they were asked to do an experiment on the importance of water.

Step 1.

Cover the inside of the plastic container with cotton wool. Place your beans on cotton pads. Cover the beans with cotton wool again. Soak the cotton with water in the next step. Irrigation should not be too little or too much. As each step happens, mark your chart.

While observing; situations you should pay attention to:

1- Bean roots should grow

2. Germination should begin.

Step 2.

 Plant the rooted beans in two separate soil.

Water the plant pots regularly. 2. Do not water the plant in pots. What happened to the watered plant? What happened to the non-watered plant? Write down your observations. Photograph your observations and take notes. Present to your friends in class.