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Happy 35th Earth Day!

Let’s celebrate Earth Day today and every day. Here are a few resources to inspire and educate us:

  1. Earth Day – EPA resources – www.epa.gov/earthday/
  2. Healthy Lawn, Healthy Environment – PDF download
  3. Greenscaping Your Lawn and Garden – PDF download
  4. More Earth Day Resources: http://www.edselect.com/earth_day.htm
  5. Happy Earth Day Coloring and Activities Book – http://www.epa.gov/region5/publications/happy.pdf

A Few Earth Day Facts. . . .

Did you know?
  • Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees.
  • The energy we save when we recycle one glass bottle is enough to light a light bulb for four hours.
  • Each person throws away approximately four pounds of garbage every day. One bus carries as many people as 40 cars!
  • More than 1/3 of all energy is used by people at home. Most families throw away about 88 pounds of plastic every year. We each use about 12,000 gallons of water every year.
  • 1/3 of all water is used to flush the toilet.
  • The 500 million automobiles on earth burn an average of 2 gallons of fuel a day.
  • Each gallon of fuel releases 20 pounds of carbon dioxide into the air.
  • Approximately 5 million tons of oil produced in the world each ear ends up in the ocean.
  • By 1995 over 200 of the world landfills will be full.
  • The amount of wood and paper we throw away is enough to heat 50 million homes for 20 years.
  • Earth is 2/3 water. But all the fresh water streams only represent one hundredth of one percent.
  • 14 billion pounds of trash is dumped into the ocean every year.
  • It takes 90% less energy to recycle aluminum cans than to make new ones.
  • 5 billion aluminum cans are used each year.
  • 84 percent of all household waste can be recycled.
  • For every 2000 pounds of paper (1 ton) recycled, we save 7,000 gallons of water free from chemicals.
  • Approximately only 10 percent of every landfill can be cleaned up.
  • Ivory comes from dead elephants, its best not to buy it.
  • Fur coats often come from endangered animals, it’s best not to buy them.
  • One gallon of motor oil can contaminate up to 2 million gallons of water, so dispose of it properly!
  • Here is an example of the water we use every day: 3-7 gallons for toilet 25-30 gallons for tub 50-70 gallons for a 10 minute shower 25-40 gallons for one washing machine load 9-12 gallons for one dishwasher load
  • Here is an example of how long it takes some things take to break down: plastics take 500 years aluminum cans take 500 years organic materials take 6 months cotton, rags, paper take 6 months. source: http://www.planetpals.com/earthday.html

The take-home message is that each of us can make simple changes that will have a large impact on our environment. It’s kinda like cleaning up your own home so that you can live safely and comfortably.

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