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Earth Day 2010

Some information and facts about our earth, the history of earth day and lots of amazing photos.

Melissa Bartlett

on 22 April 2010

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Transcript of Earth Day 2010

2010 History of Earth Day founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson on April 22, 1970 designed to inspire awareness and appreciation of the earth's environment Did you know? Earth day is celebrated in the spring
in the northern hemisphere.
Earth day is celebrated in the fall in the
southern hemisphere. 175 countries celebrates
earth day, today! April 22

Today is the spring equinox:
at one moment in time today the sun will be directly above the earth's equator. Become aware! The garbage in a landfill stays for a for about 30 years.

Each person throws away approximately four pounds of garbage every day. 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. 84 percent of all household waste can be recycled.

Most families throw away about 88 pounds of plastic every year The energy we save when we recycle one glass bottle is enough to light a traditional light bulb for four hours.

The amount of wood and paper we throw away a year is enough to heat 50 million homes for 20 years. To break down:
plastics take 500 years,
aluminum cans take 500 years,
organic materials, take 6 months,
cotton, rags, paper take 6 months.

The Rainforest Rainforests once covered 14% of the earth, they now cover 6%.

One and a half acres are lost

Experts estimates that we are losing 137 plant, animal and insect species every single day due to rainforest deforestation. 50,000 SPECIES A YEAR!!! Currently, 121 prescription drugs sold worldwide come from plant-derived sources. While 45% of our drugs are derived from rainforest ingredients, less that 1% of these tropical trees and plants have been tested by scientists. At least 3000 fruits are found in the rainforests; of these only 200 are now in use in the Western World. The Indians of the rainforest use over 2,000.

More than half of the world's estimated 10 million species of plants, animals and insects live in the tropical rainforests. One-fifth of the world's fresh water is in the Amazon Basin.

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