Celebrating Earth Day, today and every day!

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We are all aware that Earth Day is celebrated yearly on April 22, but do you know why?

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TRUE OR FALSE?

  1. It takes about 100 years for plastic beverage bottles to break down in a landfill.
  2. It takes approximately 1 million years for 1 glass bottle to break down in a landfill.
  3. By recycling 1 ton of paper, we save enough energy to heat 1 home for 6 months.
  4. The energy saved by recycling 1 plastic bottle can power a computer for 15 minutes.
  5. The energy saved from recycling 1 glass bottle will operate a 100-watt light bulb for 1 hour.
  6. Only 50% of the world’s water is usable for agriculture, manufacturing and personal needs.
  7. The average American produces more than 4 pounds of garbage per day.
  8. The US wastes 30-40% of its food supply.
  9. The rate of recycling has increased from less than 10% in 1980 to more than 50% in 2011.
  10. Every year, Americans throw away enough paper and plastic cups, forks and spoons to circle the equator 100 times.

 (Answers can be found at the end of this post!)

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EARTH DAY – THE HISTORY

Now a globally celebrated holiday, April 22 marks the 46th anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement born in 1970.

Senator Gaylord Nelson was the mastermind behind the first Earth Day, explaining that “Anti-Vietnam War demonstrations, called ‘teach-ins,’ had spread to the college campuses all across the nation. Suddenly, the idea occurred to me: Why not organize a huge grassroots protest over what was happening to our environment?”

 

1970

On April 22, 1970, a date chosen because it fell between college spring break and final exams, 20 million Americans coast-to-coast took to the streets, parks and auditoriums to demonstrate in support of a healthy, sustainable environment.

Establishing the 1970s as the “environmental decade,” the first Earth Day was effective at raising awareness about environmental issues and transforming public attitudes. By the end of that year, the first Earth Day had led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts.

 

1990

Earth Day went global in 1990, mobilizing 200 million people in more than 140 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage.

 

2000

Earth Day 2000 included 5,000 environmental groups in a record 141 countries reaching out to hundreds of millions of people, and sent world leaders the loud and clear message that citizens around the world wanted quick and decisive action on reducing global warming and developing clean energy.

 

Earth Day 2016

Earth Day has reached its current status as the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by more than 1 billion people every year. It’s a day of action that helps to change human behavior and provokes policy change.

 

EASY CHANGES YOU CAN MAKE TODAY:

  • Bring your own reusable bag with you when you run errands
  • Change your lightbulbs to energy efficient bulbs (and turn them off when not in use)
  • Recycle
  • Conserve water
  • Plant a garden
  • Turn off your TVs and video game consoles, and play with MindWare toys and games instead

No green thumb needed to make a change for a better Earth! Showcase your natural creative side with Color Daze.

TRUE OR FALSE? Answered!

  1. It takes about 100 years for plastic beverage bottles to break down in a landfill. – FALSE. It actually takes about 450 years.
  2. It takes approximately 1 million years for 1 glass bottle to break down in a landfill. – TRUE
  3. By recycling 1 ton of paper, we save enough energy to heat 1 home for 6 months. – TRUE
  4. The energy saved by recycling 1 plastic bottle can power a computer for 15 minutes. – FALSE. The energy saved can actually power a computer for 25 minutes.
  5. The energy saved from recycling 1 glass bottle will operate a 100-watt light bulb for 1 hour. – FALSE. It can actually operate a light bulb for 4 hours.
  6. Only 50% of the world’s water is usable for agriculture, manufacturing and personal needs. – FALSE. Only 1% of the world’s water is usable. Let’s work to conserve it!
  7. The average American produces more than 4 pounds of garbage per day. – TRUE
  8. The US wastes 30-40% of its food supply. – TRUE. That’s approximately 3,000 pounds per second!
  9. The rate of recycling has increased from less than 10% in 1980 to more than 50% in 2011. – FALSE. While the rate of recycling has increased, it has only increased to 34%.
  10. Every year, Americans throw away enough paper and enough plastic cups, forks and spoons to circle the equator 100 times. – FALSE. Americans throw away enough to circle the equator 300 times.

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