Celebrating Earth Day reminds me of making New Year’s Resolutions. It comes around every year and we all think about the Earth for a few minutes and promise ourselves that we will try to do our part a little more or a little better. It’s really sad, isn’t it? I would really love if this year were different.
Since I work so hard at being a good role model for my kids, I thought to live as eco-friendly as possible should be part of this. So, of course, I made a video with some easy things you can start doing to make this Earth a better place, individually or as a family. And in case you need some reminders of why you should go green, I’ve included some pretty scary environmental stats I found over at Time For Kids. I’d love to hear what you think of these stats or my ideas in the video in the comment section below
- “The average American produces more than four pounds of garbage per day. Over the course of a year, that is more than 1,600 pounds of garbage per person.” How disgusting is that?
- “Almost half of the food in the U.S. goes to waste – approximately 3,000 pounds per second.” I don’t even know what to say.
- “Every year, Americans throw away enough paper and enough plastic cups, forks, and spoons to circle the equator 300 times. In 2012, the U.S. produced 32 million tons of plastic. Only 9% was recovered for recycling.” Seriously?
- “The energy saved by recycling one plastic bottle can power a computer for 25 minutes. The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle will operate a 100-watt light bulb for four hours.” Amazing! Why don’t more people know this??
- “Americans use about 69 million tons of paper and paperboard each year.” I believe that. I’m having trouble controling my 5 year old’s paper plane habit at the moment.
- “Almost 97% of the world’s water is salty or otherwise undrinkable. Another 2% is locked in ice caps and glaciers. Only 1% is usable for agriculture, manufacturing, and personal needs.” This is seriously terrifying.
- “There are 5 trillion pieces of floating plastic in the world’s oceans.” So . . . so . . . sad.
So I’m not saying my ideas can fix all of this but at least you’re doing something. And just like I always say about exercise: “Something is always better than Nothing.”