Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Interesting, eye-opening facts about the environment

Human influenced facts 
    • If just 25% of U.S. families used 10 fewer plastic bags a month, we would save over 2.5 BILLION bags a year.
    • On the average, the 140 million cars in America are estimated to travel almost 4 billion miles in a day, and according to the Department of Transportation, they use over 200 million gallons of gasoline doing it.
    • Every year we throw away 24 million tons of leaves and grass. Leaves alone account for 75% of our solid waste in the fall.
    • Over 100 pesticide ingredients are suspected to cause birth defects, cancer, and gene mutations.
    • Every ton of recycled office paper saves 380 gallons of oil.
    • About 1% of U.S. landfill space is full of disposable diapers, which take 500 years to decompose.
    • Energy saved from one recycled aluminum can will operate a TV set for 3 hours, and is the equivalent to half a can of gasoline.
    • Glass produced from recycled glass instead of raw materials reduces related air pollution by 20%, and water pollution by 50%.
    • Americans use 50 million tons of paper annually -- consuming more than 850 million trees.
    • Homeowners use up to 10 times more toxic chemicals per acre than farmers.
    • By turning down your central heating thermostat one degree, fuel consumption is cut by as much as 10%.
    • Insulating your attic reduces the amount of energy loss in most houses by up to 20%.
    • Enough glass was thrown away in 1990 to fill the Twin Towers (1,350 feet high) of New York's World Trade Center every two weeks.
    • One ton of carbon dioxide that is released in the air can be prevented by replacing every 75 watt light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs.
    • Many banks lent large sums of money to developing nations. In order to pay those debts plus interest many nations have turned to the mining of their natural resources as a source of financial aid.
    • Every day 40,000 children die from preventable diseases.
    • The public transportation that we have is a wreck. The U.S. continues to promote and invest in private car travel rather than public transportation.
    • The human population of the world is expected to be nearly tripled by the year 2100.
    • A three percent annual growth rate will result in the doubling of consumption and production of food and other products in 25 short years.  The amount of motor vehicles that are expected to be operated will increase 15 million a year until at least 2010.
    • The world's per capita grain production has been on the downfall since 1985 despite the use of fertilizers and pesticides.
    • Already a train system has been developed (back in 1987) which is based on magnetic levitation and causes minimal pollution. These versions of a train are already in use in several countries.
    • Fibre optics, made of glass, are being used to replace copper cables throughout the world.
    • The uncontrolled fishing that is allowed has reduced the amount of commercial species. Some species, up to one-tenth of their original population.
    • Every day 50 to 100 species of plants and animals become extinct as their habitat and human influences destroy them.

Here are some interesting facts that might make your world spin!
Did you know?
  • The garbage in a landfill stays for a for about 30 years. 
  • In 1995 over 200 of the world landfills were full.
  • Each person throws away approximately four pounds of garbage every day.
  • One bus carries as many people as 40 cars!
  • More than 1/3 of all energy is used by people at home
  • Most families throw away about 88 pounds of plastic every year
  • We each use about 12,000 gallons of water every year
  • 1/3 of all water is used to flush the toilet.
  • The 500 million automobiles on earth burn an average of 2 gallons of fuel a day.
  • Each gallon of fuel releases 20 pounds of carbon dioxide into the air.
  • Approximately 5 million tons of oil produced in the world each ear ends up in the ocean.
  • The energy we save when we recycle one glass bottle is enough to light a traditional light bulb for four hours
  • For every 2000 pounds of paper (1 ton) recycled, we save 7,000 gallons of water free from chemicals.
  • Recycled paper requires 64% less energy than making paper from virgin wood pulp, and can save many trees
  • Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees

  • The amount of wood and paper we throw away is enough to heat 50 million homes for 20 years
  • Earth is 2/3 water. but all the fresh water streams only represent one hundredth of one percent.
  • 14 billion pounds of trash is dumped into the ocean every year
  • It takes 90% less energy to recycle aluminum cans than to make new ones
  • 5 billion aluminum cans are used each year
  • 84 percent of all household waste can be recycled.
  • Computers pose an environmental threat because much of the material that makes them up is hazardous. A typical monitor contains 4-5 pounds of lead.
  • Each year billions of used batteries are thrown away in the United States. This constitutes 88% of the mercury and 54% of the cadmium deposited into our landfills
  • Approximately only 10 percent of every landfill can be cleaned up.
  • Ivory comes from dead elephants, its best not to buy it.
  • Fur coats often come from endangered animals, it's best not to buy them.
  • One gallon of motor oil can contaminate up to 2 million gallons of water. so dispose of properly!
  • Here is an example of the water we use everyday:
      3-7 gallons for toilet, 25-30 gallons for tub,50-70 gallons for a 10 minute shower, 1 washing machine load uses 25-40 gallons, 1 dishwasher load uses 9-12 gallons
  • Here is an example of how long it takes some things take to break down:
    • plastics take 500 years, aluminum cans take 500 years, organic materials, take 6 months, cotton, rags, paper take 6 months.

SportsCenter Commercial John Anderson & Stanford Tree

I saw this commercial while watching Monday Night Football, thought I'd share with you all. Enjoy :-)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Do your part!

A quote from Chrissy Hynde to motivate you:

“One person can make all the difference in the world. For the first time in recorded human history, we have the fate of the whole planet in our hands.” 

We all must do our part to save this planet!

Please partake in at least four different, new activities that are eco-friendly and post how they have changed your lifestyle for the better and how they have helped out the planet!

Get the ball rolling...

Hi all!

    Hope you have read my email about the first project assignment. If you didn't read that yet, please do so now or if you haven't received it, let me know. I have offered some options for activities to get the ball rolling:
  • Conserve water by:
    • cutting down the time you spend in the shower
    • watering plants less
    • do laundry less
    • use a water filter
  • Recycle
    • bottles and cans
    • old electronics
    • anything that can be recycled and put to good use!
    • purchase recycled products
  • Use reusable bags when shopping at a grocery store
  • Volunteer for environmentally-friendly organizations (beach clean-ups, etc.)
  • Plant a tree :-)
  • Grow your own veggies and fruits
  • Eat organic food
  • Carpool, ride bike, use public transportation, and/or walk
  • Conserve electricity
    To give you a better idea of what I am trying to accomplish, here is my project description:

"Lead others to change their lifestyle to be more environmentally friendly. My purpose is to increase awareness of recycling and promote an eco-friendly lifestyle by encouraging others to practice eco-friendly activities in their everyday lives and dump their un-eco-friendly habits."

    Remember the first journal entry is due on Sunday, by email and don't forget to encourage two others to participate and include their testimonies in your entry. Let me know of any questions/concerns.Thank you all for the support! Stay green! :-)



First project assignment

Hi Everyone!

Thank you very much for participating, I really appreciate it. Over the course of the next few weeks, I would like you to do at least four different, eco-friendly, ongoing activities (and by different, I mean something that you don’t already do). For example, if you use water bottles everyday then start to use a reusable water bottle or purchase recycled products that you can use in your everyday lives. There are many resources out there that you can use. You don’t necessarily have to purchase anything, you can just change some habits, like taking the bus/carpooling/riding your bike to school/work instead of driving (if it’s close enough), or recycling your bottles and cans instead of just throwing them in a regular trash can.  I have added a number of websites that offer efficient ways to lead an eco-friendly life, but you don’t necessarily have to follow these. Be creative! The opportunities are boundless!

Once you have chosen at least four eco-friendly activities that you are going to pursue within the next three weeks (and hopefully, for longer than that), I would like you to keep a simple journal of these activities, stating what you are doing and how it has helped you lead a more eco-friendly life. I would also like you to encourage at least two others to do the same. I would like for you to report to me weekly, by email, with the first journal entry(ies)due on Sunday, 9/26 and every Sunday (or any day before that) with the last entry due 10/17. I am trying to get an online blog started so that you can upload your entries on there, I’ll let you know how that goes.

Although you are helping me out a ton by doing this, keep in mind that ultimately I am trying to get you to change your lifestyle and realize how easy it can be to help out the environment by doing simple things in your everyday life.  Let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Again, thank you very much for doing this and I look forward to reading about your activities! Oh and Mother Earth would like to thank you too! ;-)
Here are some helpful websites:

Mayanne Atanacio

Lead an eco-friendly life-style

Hi Everyone,

As some of you may know, I am majoring in Global Business Management (Entrepreneurship emphasis). I am taking a Global Leadership class this semester and I am doing a project in which I have to use my leadership skills. This project requires me to work with others to fulfill a certain goal, which is why I have come to you! I would really appreciate it if you can help me do this project. I completely understand that we all have busy lives but I promise you that this will not take up a big chunk of your time and it will benefit you and others around you as well. I have less than three weeks to accomplish this goal so it will be a short-term project, however, the effects are long-term. Here is my proposition:

My goal is to increase awareness of recycling and promote an eco-friendly lifestyle by getting others to practice eco-friendly activities in their everyday lives. The people that I work with will have to change their lifestyle in at least four different ways (ex. Use a Brita filter instead of purchasing water bottles, recycle bottles and cans, ride their bike to school, etc.). They will also have to encourage at least two other people to do the same and record their progress. I understand that most of you are pretty eco-friendly, (if you weren’t, I probably wouldn’t be your friend haha), but I’m encouraging you to go above and beyond what you already do in order to better the environment and your lives! This project is a test of my leadership skills, so I will have to check up with you every-so-often and my professor will need your email addresses so that he can ask you about my leadership skills. Although this project will only last about three weeks, my ultimate goal is to get you and others around you to change your lifestyle to be more eco-friendly! We have been abusing our Earth for so long now and if we all do our part, we will all benefit! As Gandhi once said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

I really appreciate your time and I understand if you cannot fit this into your busy schedule. However, if you are interested in helping me, then please contact me A.S.A.P. (preferably by Sunday night because I need to report back to my professor on Monday). If you are interested, I will be emailing you shortly with more information on this project. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me. Thanks again!