Water Podcasts Parts 1 & 2

Of all the commodities in the world, none were as important to the growth and development of human civilization as water. Some of the first great civilizations were centered on water sources such as rivers and lakes. Living near rivers was convenient because it gave easy access to water and the many uses of it. People used these water sources as a means to irrigate crops and trade between cities. As civilization advanced, people began to look outwards to even further off lands. Humans began to build large sea fairing vessels to transport them and commodities to these far off lands. Vasco de Gama and Christopher Columbus were two of the major explorers who discovered new lands and brought new commodities to Europe.  Wealth was found on the water, due to the importance of trade at the time. In our first podcast we look at the history of water and its importance to agriculture and navigation.

As civilization and technology advanced further, humans developed a self-destructive society. Smog producing factories, chemical waste, and the lack of awareness for the environment has led to a much more toxic ecosystem. As time progressed, people became aware of their environmental impact and have taken steps towards a greener future. Laws and regulations have been some of the actions put in place to protect the environment but as you will see in our second podcast they do not always work out. We invite you to sit back, listen, and enjoy the history of water.

Evan Mol, Taylor Lansing, James Mulligan


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