H2O Today 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 criticality 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. Local content addresses where New Hanover County’s water comes from and threats to the Cape Fear River. Visitors will have the opportunity to reflect on their water story, make it “rain” while exploring the water cycle, and use their leg or hand power to water a vegetable garden.
H20 Today is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and adapted from an exhibition developed by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (www.amnh.org). Local content developed by Cape Fear Museum of History and Science.