New Colorado River Water Restrictions Underscore Severity of Climate Crisis
Ask Students: Who is imposing limits on access to water from the Colorado River? Why is rationing water from the river necessary?
The federal government on Tuesday announced a second round of water restrictions to states that depend on the Colorado River Basin. The move comes as the American West faces unprecedented challenges to preserve water that continues to recede rapidly. For a transcript of this story, click here.
When a resource as important as water is suddenly unavailable to meet everybody’s needs, who should decide how much is allotted? How do you think it should it be decided? What if different states have competing interests to protect?
Media Literacy: Based on the organization she’s affiliated with, what interests do you think Jennifer Pitt represents?
Historic droughts are affecting other parts of the world this year as well. Read this article to understand how Europe is dealing with similar struggles with water management: “Italy’s largest lake drops to near-historic low amid extreme drought in Europe.”
A view of Lake Garda in northern Italy in 2018. Photo by Josef Grunig/Flickr
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