Smithsonian's 'H20 Today' Opens in Galveston

Water is the most vital resource for life on Earth -- no living thing exists without it.

“H2O Today” is a new Smithsonian exhibition opening at Texas A&M University at Galveston on Wednesday, Nov. 8, with a 3:30 p.m. reception.

The exhibit will remain in the library for the next two years.

The exhibit examines the diversity and challenges of global water sources and promotes conversation, creativity and innovation through art, science and technology.

“H2O Today” is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).  It dives into what it means to live on a planet where 71 percent of the surface is covered in water, yet less than 3 percent is drinkable.  It explores the science of water from the hydrological cycle, weather and climate to its physical power as an architect and sculptor of landscape.

The exhibition highlights its importance in daily life worldwide through water power, industry, agriculture and home use.  Visitors will learn the affects climate change, population growth and pollution have on the water cycle and weather patterns as well as the creative ways people around the world are tackling the challenges of water shortages and pollution. 

The exhibition is part of the Smithsonian’s Think Water Initiative to raise awareness of water as a critical resource for life through exhibitions, educational resources and public programs.  The public can participated in the conversation on social media at #thinkWater. 

“H20 Today” was adapted from an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul.


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