While many individuals and companies are finding ways to “go green,” uncertainties remain surrounding actual environmental harm. Some people don’t understand why such a movement is necessary and many more don’t understand what can be done to preserve the earth for our children, grandchildren and future generations. As much as I as a University of Michigan student find the phrase “go green” a challenge, I understand the necessity of a green movement.
There is a fixed amount of natural resources and as the population increases, those resources disappear. An earth saving alternative exists for almost everything we do, although it may not be the easiest option.
Did you know?
For every ton of paper that is recycled, the following is saved: 7,000 gallons of water, 380 gallons of oil, and enough electricity to power an average house for six months.
You can run a TV for six hours on the amount of electricity that is saved by recycling one aluminum can.
By recycling one glass bottle, you save enough electricity to power a 100-watt bulb for four hours.
The amount of wood and paper we throw away each year is enough to heat 50 million homes for 20 years.
About 110 million Americans live in areas with levels of air pollutants the federal government considers to be harmful.
Americans throw away about 40 billion soft drink cans and bottles every year. Placed end to end, they would reach the moon and back nearly 20 times
Eighty-four percent of a typical household’s garbage can be recycled.
Using recycled paper for one print run of the Sunday edition of The New York Times would save 75,000 trees.
If all the cars on U.S. roads had properly inflated tires, it would save nearly 2 billion gallons of gasoline a year.
As popular vacation ideas, cruises lines received letter grades of B- or less on their 2010 environmental friendliness. Friends of the Earth, an environmental group, evaluated the lines on sewage treatment, air pollution reduction, water quality compliance and accessibility of environmental information. Cruise’s are popular vacation ideas and are also extremely dangerous for the environment.
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