Water is the prime essence of life! Today, we live in a world where clean water is increasingly scarce and polluted fresh water is increasingly abundant. It is important to understand the difference between clean, portable water and beautiful, transparent water. Microscopes help us to explore these hidden water-worlds. Children are especially interested in living specimens, such as creatures or elements that they may discover in a drop of pond water, hence, to children a microscope is a wonderful device that provides a magical window to an invisible world.
All humans have feel emotions when we think about water — whether we hear sounds of water, see water shapes, taste and smell water, or get into the water— we feel something… This feeling could be defined as an ancestral perception concerning the aesthetic and innate experience, which begins with the physical stimulation of the senses and ends with moods, emotions and meanings. ‘Feeling’ water and re-developing a sense of ‘hydrophilia’, could help mankind to better understand and respect the primary source of life: water!
Science and Citizenship
A rapid loss of culturally valued ecosystems and waterscapes could contribute to social disruptions and societal marginalization. Science and citizenship is often referred to as the active and aware participation of the public in research design, data collection and interpretation process together with scientists. The potential inputs from citizenship are a resource for complementing traditional ways of education, scientific data collection, knowledge generation for hydrological sciences and water resources management.