Earth Day Should be Everyday

 

As we are all free to our personal opinions and lifestyle there’s still real life things going on around us that are actually a matter of life and death when it comes down to it. For instincts the vast majority of nearly 50% of Earth’s forest cover is gone and within the last three decades. I’ve chosen to take the time to lay a few things out for perspective on how important it is to keep Earth clean and how easily we can help. As a civilian it is understandable that in order to keep up with society you probably aren’t gong to be able to make every choice in life a conventional one. There are ways though, to help out that take very little effort at all.  Lets talk about electricity and recycling for a moment. Most of the time we don’t visually see the good recycling does in the same way we don’t always see the harm we are doing either. Did you know if every newspaper was recycled we could save 250,000,000 trees a year? Or that 75% of every car is recyclable? Nearly 80 % of America’s household garbage is recyclable yet the recycle rate is only 33%. It takes 450 years for a plastic bottle to decompose and it takes 200 years for an aluminum can to decompose. While fishing line takes 600 years to decompose and they are a great danger to wildlife if it isnt disposed of properly. You could save enough energy to run a 100 WATT light bulb for four hours by recycling one glass bottle. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a tv for 3 hours. Climate change is effecting everyone, Sub-Saharan farmers have to fight over resources. By 2050 30 million people will starve, 100 million will die from drought, storms, and diseases all because of climate change. With 11 out of the last 12 years being the hottest on record since the 1850’s. In 1910 Montana’s National Glacier Park contained 150 glaciers today there are only 27. We aren’t the only ones to blame after all this isn’t all because we don’t always recycle, does it help? Yes, tremendously. Industrial revolution alone has caused an 40% increase to the carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. Human activity is producing more Carbon dioxide then the atmosphere can filter out leaving 45% of it lingering in the air. 20% of carbon emissions alone come from running our vehicles. It would take 68 billion trees to offset that amount of carbon dioxide that is being admitted into the atmosphere. Current fracking wells in the US require 72 trillion gallons of water and 360 billion gallons of chemicals. The drills used for fracking are know to break or crack which allows chemicals to leak into our water supply. While America makes up 5% of the worlds population, we produce 22% of the worlds  carbon emissions. The air in our atmosphere is now 30% more acidic.  There are numerous other topics and facts that are tied in with everything that is happening to our planet somethings are in our control and while others aren’t. What’s importanat is that you are making an effort to preserve our precious home, Earth.

                                                                   -Alysunn

 

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