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The Fairchild Challenge/BGCI Global Competition 2012/2013
Plants and Water
2013 is the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation. We live on a blue planet, yet only 2.5% of all water is fresh. Found in lakes, rivers, reservoirs and underground sources and locked up in glaciers, fresh water is a vital resource and essential for life on earth. Most people know how important water is, however few understand the critical links between plants and water. Plants regulate the water cycle; they distribute and purify the planet’s water and through transpiration carry water from the soil into the atmosphere
This year’s Fairchild Challenge/BGCI Global Option is for students to discover, through interviews, what people know about plants and water. We want students to think up ways to better inform the public about these important links and to challenge possible misconceptions. Student reflections and findings will help launch an international public awareness campaign.
Students are asked to:
• think up three questions related to the theme plants and water
Winning interviews will be showcased on BGCI’s and the Fairchild Challenge websites
How does my site get involved?
The Fairchild Challenge/BGCI Global Competition is open to students between the ages of 11 -19.
A) If you already host the Fairchild Challenge (FC) you can select this Global Option (GO) as one of your options. To do this contact Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden for more information.
B) If you are a botanic garden that does not currently host the Fairchild Challenge then: