On the first of April, 2014, I was underemployed, taking odd jobs through a number of services including a temp company. That morning, I got an unexpected call that they’d lined up a one-day gig at a large, prestigious company. I didn’t know what I’d be doing, exactly, but I threw on my most professional suit and skedaddled to work.
That was a mistake. I hadn’t been called in to cover a desk or answer phones or greet guests at reception. My one-day long job was to help coordinate a staff-wide luncheon kicking off the month of April focusing on green initiatives. The event was the first of many that would culminate on earth day, drawing attention to the company’s commitment to conservation.
At this point, I should mention that my job duties that day consisted of setting up tables, arranging umbrellas to maximize the shade, handing out gift bags, and making myself available to the caterers, audio visual technicians, or anyone else who might need an extra pair of hands to make this event a success. I should also point out April in Los Angeles can see weather in the upper 80’s during the day, and also that I was wearing a heavy dress and a suit jacket over it. You can see where I’m going with this.
During our director’s epic 70 day hike, she learned first-hand the importance of water when hiking through the desert with only what she could carry on her back. Rationing her water was literally a matter of life and death. Most people won’t experience anything that dramatic, but they may have an experience similar to mine on that hot day, running around, rarely pausing to rest, barely drinking anything, and sweating continuously. I became so dehydrated I had to sneak away and sip a bottle of water in a back corner in the shade. I feared that if I didn’t force myself to take a break, I’d come dangerously close to experiencing vertigo or even passing out – not an experience I wanted to risk on a tenth-story balcony.
And while slowly regaining my balance, getting my feet under my head, and listening to a group of entrepreneurs talk about the new technologies they’d designed to make the world a greener place, I began to think about all the interesting facts about water and conservation I’d learned in the production of The Longest Straw. That’s when the concept for this blog was born, and my first post went up that very day.
Three years later, our team is immensely grateful for all the supportive fans and readers who read what we have to say every week. We’re so pleased to share our conservation journey with you.