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My experience with the HSBC WATER PROGRAMME in BRAZIL

After attending the first training of the HSBC Water Programme in Latin America, I became, along with 43 other colleagues from São Paulo and Curitiba, a CITIZEN SCIENCE LEADER.

On the meeting I chose two rivers that are near my home in the East Zone of São Paulo City. Despite being close, I never had me worried about them, and to be honest, did not even know the names, a situation that must be very common among city dwellers, who unfortunately lost that kind of relationship with the rivers, especially those that are degraded or even channeled.

Januarie's BLOG 2# 11.12.13

Howdee Cowboys and Cowgirls

It's been a month since my last confession, I mean blog. Much has happened since the last entry so I thought I'd fill you in on my Water related activities.

I am no longer drinking Evian water, I am sticking to filtered water in the effort to reduce my ginormous Water Footprint, I still have not managed to kick my Cheeseburger addiction which is wrong in more ways than Water but I'll get there eventually.

Following on from my last entry I was due to do my first water testing sample...

Cold and Blizzardy Winter Water test

It was a cold and blustery December day when I and my partner ventured out to do our water sampling. But the sun was out and cut the chill in the air, that is, when we started out. By the time we got to the shores of Lake Ontario, it was windy, grey and snowing. The waves on the lake were 4-5 feet high. We did stay and do the test, getting our water sample and taking it back to the warm car to complete the testing. Luckily the beach was closed for the season so the litter clean up was done very quickly as well.

Happy Xmas, Save the Planet

Xmas is coming and it is one of the most festival events of the year. Many people would take this opportunity to have friends and family gathering and gifts exchanging. There will be a lot of food, decorations, gifts and cards, however, the sad thing is most of them are wasted. It applies not only to Xmas, but also other festivals throughout the whole year.

Waste means resources fully utilized. Remember everything is produced by burning the fuels and using up water. They include wrapping paper, Xmas tree lights, food, xmas trees and etc.

Peckham Springs

Took the family to undertake our first sampling in the local park.  Decided to sample the slightly smaller pond in the 'Chinese garden' are as it was more secluded, rather than face the bread throwing children around the main pond.

Kids loved getting involved and 'doing science'.

When looking on Google maps I saw that the pond and small steams are part of the old River Peck.