Some Fun Facts:
1.Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to watch a TV for three hours -
it's equivalent to half a gallon of gasoline.
2. Earth Day is a relatively new holiday and was first celebrated on April 22 in 1970.
More than 20 million Americans participated in this first Earth Day celebration.
3. Earth Day was founded by a senator of Wisconsin and the day is credited for
creating the environmentalism movement.
4. April 22 is the first official day of Spring in the Northern hemisphere and of Fall in
the Southern hemisphere and was chosen to be Earth Day for this reason.
5. Never underestimate the importance of recycling: if every newspaper was recycled,
we could save about 250,000,000 trees each year. Unfortunately only 27% of all American
newspapers are recycled.
6. More than 20,000,000 Hershey's Kisses are wrapped each day, using 133 square
miles of tinfoil. All that foil is recyclable, but not many people realize it.
7. Only 11% of the earth's surface is used to grow food.
8. The world's first national park was started in 1872 at Yellowstone National Park in the US.
9. A highlight of the annual Earth Day ceremony at the United Nations is the ringing of the
Peace Bell that was given to the UN by Japan. It is made from coins given by school children to
further peace on our planet.
10. The United States was the first country to participate in Earth Day in 1970. Today, more
than 175 countries celebrate Earth Day.
11. In 1970, twenty million people celebrated Earth Day. More than 500 million people will
celebrate Earth Day 2010.
12. Today 32% of our waste is recycled.
13. 75% of the water pumped out of the ground is recycled.
14. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a 100-watt light bulb for 20 hours,
a computer for 3 hours, or a TV for 2 hours.
15. It takes approximately one million years for a glass bottle to break down in a landfill. In the US
today, 34% of all glass containers are recycled.
16. Americans use over 67,000,000 tons of paper each year, or 600 pounds per person.
17. It takes more than 500,000 trees to produce the newspapers Americans read each Sunday,
yet only 30% of all newspapers are recycled.
18. Plastics require 100 to 400 years to break down in a landfill.
19. The average person throws away 4 pounds of garbage every day.
20. Paper is the most common item found in our trash.
Happy Earth Day! Check out Disney's Oceans tonight if you have time, it's going to be awesome!