GEOG 430
Human Use of the Environment

Lesson 8 Overview

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This week, we will look at water and, importantly, how water and human society are interconnected. The two movies for this week look at water deals in California (Water and Power: A California Heist) and the impact of water privatization around the world (Flow: For Love of Water). The three readings for this week look at different aspects of hydropower development in Southeast Asia. While Bakker (1999) considers the geopolitics of the projects, Green and Baird (2016) understand projects from the scale of the project-affected persons. Finally, Ziv et al. (2012) take an environmental science lens to the development of hydropower projects on the Mekong river. 

Consider these questions as you go through the material for this week:

  • Whom does water belong to? Who owns water?
  • Does declaring water a human right ensure access for all? And if water is a human right, then how is it to be made available to all?
  • Do the benefits of hydropower outweigh its costs? How are these benefits and costs distributed?
 

Lesson 8 Checklist

Tasks
To Read

Read the Lesson 8 course content.

Use the links below to continue moving through the lesson material.

Bakker, K. (1999). The politics of hydropower: developing the Mekong. Political Geography, 18, 209–232. A link to the reading is located in the Lesson 8 module in Canvas.
Green, W. N., & Baird, I. G. (2016). Capitalizing on Compensation: Hydropower Resettlement and the Commodification and Decommodification of Nature–Society Relations in Southern Laos. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 106(4), 853–873. A link to the reading is located in the Lesson 8 module in Canvas.
Ziv, G., Baran, E., Nam, S., Rodríguez-Iturbe, I., & Levin, S. A. (2012). Trading-off fish biodiversity, food security, and hydropower in the Mekong River Basin. PNAS, 109(15), 5609–5614. A link to the reading is located in the Lesson 8 module in Canvas.
To Watch Zenovich, M. (Producer/Director). (2017). Water and Power: A California Heist [Documentary]. United States: Jigsaw Productions.  A link to the film is provided in the lesson content.
Salina, I. (Director), with Starr, S., Holland G. and Tomlinson, Y. (Producers). (2008) Flow: For love of Water, United States; Oscilloscope Laboratories. A link to the film is provided in the lesson content.
To Submit

Take the Quiz #8 by Saturday at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.

Located in the Lesson 8 module in Canvas

Post your Lesson 8 Discussion and Activities by Saturday at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. Located in the Lesson 8 module in Canvas
Please refer to the Calendar in Canvas for specific time frames and due dates.