Work Towards a Greener Environment

Here are a few staggering statistics about trash and waste around the world:

*Mount Rumpke in Ohio is over 1,000 feet tall.  Mount Rumpke is entirely a trash mountain!

*100 acres of rainforests around the world get cut down every minute

*The United States only recycles 28% of its waste where the countries involved in the European Union have an average of 60% of their waste being recycled

*Just one quart of motor oil that is disposed of improperly can contaminate up to 2,000,000 gallons of fresh water

*The United States is the world’s largest trash producing country by producing an average of 1,609 pounds of trash per person per year

*Trees logged from forests account for more than 71 percent of office paper used today, with 8 million tons of copy paper used in the United States every year.  That’s equal to 188 million trees

*Americans are often known as “the ultimate consumers,” and for good reason.  The United States is the source of a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, with the average U.S. household generating more than 80 tons of toxic carbon dioxide gases every year-that’s 22.5 tons of greenhouse gases per person, per year.  In addition, the average American family uses 102,000 gallons of water and creates 3.3 tons of landfill waste every year

*The watering of U.S. landscapes, gardens, and lawns uses nearly 8 billion gallons of water each day

*One-third of all the trash thrown away in the U.S. is packaging materials.  Americans toss more than 75 million tons of packaging and containers-532 pounds for every man, woman, and child-into landfills each year.  And less than 40 percent of it is recycled

*The U.S. transportation system is the largest in the world, and it accounts for one-third of America’s greenhouse gas emissions-more than 515 million tons of CO2 each year

Why aren’t we doing more to make the world more sustainable when enough sunlight falls to the earth every minute to power the entire world for a whole year?  Why aren’t we doing more?  Ask yourself

Here are some easy things that you can do to help make the earth a better place to live:

*Use energy effecient light bulbs.  This will help to lower your electric bill

*Use a water filter and a reusable water bottle to help to put fewer plastic bottles into the landfills

*Ride your bike or walk places that are close to your home

*Unplug your cell-phone charger.  Having the charger plugged in and not having your phone hooked up to it wastes unneeded electricity

*Read the labels on your household cleaners, detergents, and shampoos.  If it has a certified green seal on it, it’s good.  If not, it contains harmful chemicals for the environment and possibly you and your family

*Replace paper towels with a sponges

*Replace paper, plastic, and styrofoam cups, plates, silverware, and napkins with ones that can be cleaned and used again

*Carpool

*Replace meat protein with protein from vegetable sources

*Plant a tree.  Yesterday was National Arbor Day, but it is never too late to celebrate planting a tree

*Buy recycled paper

*Use reusable shopping bags

*Eat fruits and vegetables in season.  This means that there will be no unneeded transportation of the fruits and vegetables you would like to eat

*Try to eat unprocessed, or raw, foods whenever possible.  This will help to keep the water usage down, because all processed foods require a lot of water to produce

*Recycle clothing

*Make those around you aware of the problems.  Not everyone has the same level of awareness of environmental problems, although there is general agreement that the planet should be preserved.  It is up to you to convey the urgency of the problem

People who are doing the green thing:

*There are over 15,000 homes in the United States that are powered by solar energy

*Burger King has pledged to use only cage free eggs and chicken by the year 2017

*Ten Thousand Villages provides fair trade products from all over the world to many locations all over the United States

*Gary Harvey, the fashion designer, has dedicated his efforts to Trash Fashion and sustainable clothing

The Facts and Ideas presented in this post came from:

*365 Ways to Save the Earth, By: Philippe Bourseiller

*True Green: 100 everyday ways you can contribute to a healthier planet, A National Geographic Book

*http://www.environment-green.com/

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