Hello, my name is Nance Lewis and I'm a shiny new Citizen Science Leader. Here is a short story about the presentation I delivered to my colleagues at our team meeting on 19th June 2014. I hope this inspires you to go out and teach some of our colleagues about the great work being done through the HSBC Water Programme.
Before I delivered my presentation on the HSBC Water Programme, I thought carefully about what had kept me so engaged throughout my Citizen Science Leader training day. I used resources from thewaterhub.org in my presentation and borrowed elements from my CSL training day, delivered by Charlotte Hall and Abi Jermain on 10th June 2014 at Drumpellier Country Park.
I knew I had my work cut out for me before I started. I thought back to before I became involved with the HSBC Water Programme, and just how little I knew about freshwater sustainability. The warm weather at our outside team meeting was just the right environment to win my colleagues over in. With gorgeous flowers around the benches and a few bees buzzing about I could illustrate to them how all livings beings on Earth rely on water.
I started by inviting my colleagues to share their favourite freshwater memory with the group, like I had been asked to do during my CSL training. Once they had all shared their memory, I then asked what the common theme was. They each realised that their freshwater memories all involved them spending time with their family and friends. Through this I hoped to make them realise just how much water is taken for granted.
We discussed the HSBC Water Programme and the part I am playing in it. By the end of the presentation my colleagues understood how much importance water holds, what percentage of water on earth is available for withdrawal and human use, the role healthy ecosystems play on the Earth, what the impacts of thousands of years of human intervention has done to our freshwater ecosystems, the uneven distribution of freshwater on earth, why we have invested in the HSBC Water Programme, and how to get involved.
What followed was an interesting dialogue on how we can change our habits to reduce the increasing pressure on global freshwater supply. My colleages each agreed on something they could do on a daily basis to reduce their water consumption. Afterwards I received some excellent feedback, all including the word 'interesting'!
I'm now looking forward to getting back out to some freshwater bodies (hopefully with my very interested colleagues) to collect some more data for Freshwater Watch, and spreading the word about the HSBC Water Programme even further.