The environment had become a very important part of global political, economic and moral agenda and will continue to remain in the limelight as major figures including Robert Redford, Al Gore, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and the legendary Jane Goodall continue to bring awareness to an issue that will affect many generations to come.
I have done my little part in the greening of my world by not printing a single document for nineteen months and recycling the few cylinders of aluminium I utilize.
We thought we would take this opportunity to provide some very eye opening facts and statistics that will bring light to the waste and destructive nature we as world citizens are bringing to this beautiful planet. At this end of the thought release, the expectations of how you will manage your life may not change but it can be a step in the right direction of slow change for a better world.
Facts and Statistics:
1% of Australia’s untapped geothermal power potential could provide enough energy to last 26,000 years.
The average house uses one acre of trees to build.
The United States is the number one trash producing company in the world at 1,609 pounds per person, per year.
If everyone on earth consumed as many resources as Americans do, we would need four planet earths to provide enough resources. In other words, 5% of the world’s population (the United States), consumes 25% of the world’s resources.
Paper products make up the largest part of our trash (approx. 40%).
If all of our newspaper was recycled, we could save about 250,000,000 trees each year!
Americans throw away enough aluminum every three months to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet.
Plastic bags and other plastic thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures every year.
Only 1% of China’s 560 million city residents breathe air that is considered safe by the European Union
The Wall Street bailout is costing taxpayers around $700 billion and growing. Yet, just 4% of the Wall Street bailout could end world hunger
Less than 1% of the world’s freshwater is readily available for human use
20 to 50 million metric tons of electronic waste are generated worldwide every year
Within 10 years, wind power could provide 20% of America’s power
The human population on earth has grown more in the last 50 years than it did in the previous 4 million years
One in four mammals is at risk of extinction
At least 50 million acres of rainforest are lost every year, totaling an area the size of England, Wales and Scotland combined
Average temperatures will increase by as much as 12 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the 21st century if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise at the current pace
It makes you think!!!