About World Water Week at Temple University:
Water week is a week of activities organized around World Water Day on March 22. This is a UN sponsored day for activism around water issues https://www.worldwaterday.org/ Since water is one of the few things that nobody can live without, several of us at Temple University have decided that we need to do more. While it began 6 years ago as a collaboration between an environmental scientist, and a group of dancers, we decided that we shouldn’t have all the fun, and in 2019, we started expanding with the World Water Day Symposium @TU. Essentially, our vision is that everyone should be exposed to the importance of water in our lives, and therefore take time to think about it, and become a water activist with the skills we have. It shouldn’t matter if you are a scientist, an artist, a business person, or even a historian. Water is part of your life, and you are invited to participate!
Water Ways Participation:
March 24, 2020
Gladfelter Hall GIS Studio, First Floor, Philadelphia PA
Our most popular workshop is a role-playing game which invites participants to embody the many different people who are impacted by fracking in a variety of ways. We, the facilitators of the event, play the Mayor of Rivertown and a representative of BigGasCo, a fictitious natural gas company in charge of the proposed pipeline. The participants are given envelopes with their character’s biography, objective for attending the town hall, and their character’s illustrated vignette from Water Ways.
Throughout the town hall meeting, participants are asked to speak in character about the environmental, economic and health aspects of the proposed pipeline. Because the characters are from a wide range of backgrounds, presenting cases both for and against the pipeline, the meeting can erupt into debates that reveal even more about each character and the pipeline project.
This workshop is advised for ages 14 and up.