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It Pays To Take Care Of The Environment

“At the end of the day, no amount of investing, no amount of clean electrons, no amount of energy efficiency will save the natural world if we are not paying attention to it – if we are not paying attention to all the things that nature give us for free: clean air, clean water, breathtaking vistas, mountains for skiing, rivers for fishing, oceans for sailing, sunsets for poets, and landscapes for painters. What good is it to have wind-powered lights to brighten the night if you can’t see anything green during the day? Just because we can’t sell shares in nature doesn’t mean it has no value.”

Thomas L. Friedman, Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution–and How It Can Renew America

Today, more and more people are not only becoming aware of the importance of protecting the environment, but also are making serious attempts to reverse some of the negligence of the past.

Governments, for example, in many different countries have introduced new  laws and regulations to promote clean air, clean water, as well as a noise free work and living environment.

Furthermore, businesses are now making their manufacturing processes, products, and packages more environmentally friendly.

Also, individuals are assuming greater responsibilities in the way they treat with issues pertaining to the environment. For example, many people have bought into the idea of reducing emissions through simple actions such as changing a light bulb, powering down electronics, using less water, and recycling.

The fact is it is going to take the collective will of people globally to ensure that the planet is protected for the sustenance and maintenance of life.

After all, the earth is the only home of mankind; therefore, it ought to be cherished and cared for in order to guarantee a meaningful life for future generations.

That said, here are ten interesting facts about the environment that should not only get people talking, but also taking action:

1. Approximately 20 million people across the United States celebrated the first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970. Today, more than 1 billion people around the world take part in the event.

2. Approximately 5 million tons of oil produced in the world each year ends up in the ocean.

3. Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees, 2 barrels of oil, 4,100 kilowatts of energy, 3.2 cubic yards of landfill space and 60 pounds of air pollution

4. 84% of all household waste can be recycled.

5. 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.

6. Only 11% of the earth’s surface is used to grow food.

7. According to the National Academy of Sciences, on average there are 27 oil spills every day somewhere in the waters of the world.

8. At least 50 million acres of rainforest are lost every year, totaling an area the size of England, Wales and Scotland combined.

9. Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees, 2 barrels of oil, 4,100 kilowatts of energy, 3.2 cubic yards of landfill space and 60 pounds of air pollution.

10. 14 billion pounds of trash are dumped into the ocean every year.

The environment through the eyes of a 9-year-old artist

It Pays To Take Care Of
Photo Credit: 9-year-old Shirley Zhang.

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