Why Water Conservation? 1

Water

The better aware we are, the better we understand our surroundings.  Water is an element that drastically impacts our surroundings and is a shared commonality found across the globe.  “Humans need water to live, plain and simple”.¹

How long can the average healthy human live without water?  Roughly 3 to 5 days .¹ With only 3% of readily available fresh water and a growing population, we need to take an active stance in water conservation and become more aware.²

The Worlds Water

As we begin to discuss water, view earth as a “closed system,” like a terrarium.²  “That means that the Earth neither, as a whole, gains nor loses much matter, including water”. ² It moves continuously around, throughout, and above the Earth in the form of water vapor, liquid water, and ice.²  Research has revealed that some of the same water that existed on Earth millions of years ago is still exists on Earth today.²   With its many forms, water should be considered a driving force for most forms of conservation.  

Figure 1                      

The figure to the left  shows all of the earth’s water (liquid, ice, freshwater, saline) if it were condensed into a sphere.² The water sphere would have a diameter of about 860 miles, ranging from Salt Lake City, Utah to Topeka, Kansas, USA. ²It would have a height (towards your vision) of 860 miles high as well, so still a huge amount of water.²  The true value of this image is to image that only 3% of the sphere is readily available drinking water.² From recycling to gas emissions, conservation as a whole actively benefits water conservation.

Figure 1(Credit: Illustration by Jack Cook, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; USGS.)

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References

¹ Bryant, Charles W..  “How long can you go without food and water?”  11 February 2008. HowStuffWorks.com. <http://health.howstuffworks.com/diseases-conditions/death-dying/live-without-food-and-water.htm&gt;  15 October 2011.

² U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey
URL: http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/mwater.html

http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/earthwherewater.html

http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/2010/gallery/global-water-volume.htm

Always Late; Back Log Your Activities 3

There is one thing in this world that can’t be stopped, time!  It always seems when we need or want more time, it can never be found. When we want time to speed up, it’s as if it slows down. However, we can take an active stance on time management.   A useful tool I’ve found is the back log approach. Most of us use a back log approach to time management when we go to sleep.  For instance, say I have to go to work at 9:00a.m tomorrow.  I know I need to get up at 8:00a.m and I want to be in bed by midnight to get 8 hours of sleep. It establishes a timeline of events; we highlight key objectives, from finish to start, that we want to get accomplished.  This approach is applicable in your personal life, but it can be brought to the business environment as well.

In the business environment, we can maximize time management and coordinate a timeline to meet objectives.  Meetings can be planned; tasks can be assigned accordingly, as we begin to eliminate tunnel vision. This approached can be used inversely, but the concept remains the same.  Thereafter, we tend to forget minor details, the extra five minutes it takes to make copies, how long it takes to start the computer, etc.   The more detailed we can make back logging, the better the results are. Lastly, this approach allows you to implement contingency elements.  It can be as simple as back logging an extra 5 minutes to your already allotted 5 minute time needed to get to a conference room.  At a minimum, you’ll be early 99% of the time, but you also have that buffer, or contingency element, say if your printer was to jam while printing the documents needed for the conference.

Overall, taking an active stance in time management shows motivation, organization, and professionalism. It’s an essential in the business environment and a great application to your personal life.