“The more often we see the things around us – even the beautiful and wonderful things – the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds – even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less.”
-Joseph B. Wirthlin
Happy Earth Day! Every April 22nd, 193 countries worldwide celebrate the earth and promote its protection. The IMPACT team will be celebrating as well. Below our bloggers have included 10 facts about the earth with special meaning to each of them this earth day. Join us at GreenFest from 3-5pm today on College Green to learn more about ways to reduce your carbon footprint and protect the earth!
1. Transportation by shipping produces emissions of 1 billion metric tons of CO2 and uses 11 billion gallons of fuel per year internationally.
– Mariya Bershad via elocal
2. Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust from all transportation.
– Anna Balfanz via fao.org
3. Our planet is currently losing over 15 billion trees each year. That’s 56 acres of forest every minute.
– Tiffany Sim via earthday.org
4. In 2009, the United Nations renamed Earth Day to “International Mother Nature Day” but the name hasn’t caught on (yet).
– Analiese Fernandes via do something
5. The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22,1970.
– Lisa Shmulyan via do something
6 Many marine animals drown in nets in the human-induced Great Pacific Garbage Patch every year, a phenomenon known as “ghost fishing.
– via National Geographic
7. In the USA, 30-40% of the food supply is wasted, equaling more than 20 pounds of food per person per month.
– Corey Loftus via World Food Day USA
8. Recycling a pound of paper, less than the weight of your average newspaper, saves about 3.5 gallons of water. Buying recycled paper products saves water too, as it takes about six gallons of water to produce a dollar worth of paper.
– Narelli Narcisco via National Geographic
9. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for 3 hours.
– Qingyi Yuan via Earth Echo
10. Agriculture is responsible for 75% of deforestation worldwide, and is the largest contributor of non-CO2 greenhouse gas emissions.
– Carol Chen via CCAFS