As winter finally comes to an end, those of us who live in northern climates, especially near bodies of water, look forward to the sight of ice shifting and the ripple of emerging water beneath. Water is the element associated with winter, according to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which recognizes the role it plays along with other elements within our own bodies.
It is interesting to note that we human beings are more than 60% water, and our blood is 92% water. Our Earth’s surface, is about 71% water, however over 90% of that is in the form of saltwater in our oceans, leaving only about 3.5% in the form of freshwater and frozen water in the form of glaciers and polar ice caps. In fact, such a large amount of it is in the form of ice that groundwater, freshwater lakes and streams account for only about 0.7%.
This fact surely emphasizes the need to appreciate our limited resources of this commodity, and to do all we can to protect and respect water, not only in industry, but in our everyday lives. This week marks Canadian Water week and World Water Day is March 22nd. We all have a role to play in the stewardship of our oceans, lakes, streams, simply by being more aware of how we use water in our own households. Simply conserving is not enough, we need to protect the quality of water as it enters and leaves our households – for the good of our health, and that of our communities.
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