“For 200 years we’ve been conquering Nature. Now we’re beating it to death.”
Sometimes seeing the facts broken down in numbers is enough to stop and think about what is really going on in the world around us. Some of these statistics are so alarming, especially concerning deforestation and water shortage issues, I can’t help but wonder how we’ve gotten to this point. And what can we do to change where we are headed? Other ones only further support my determination to live a more natural, whole lifestyle, especially the scary information about the chemicals in our cosmetics.
Save the Earth: 13 Green Statistics to Consider:
- 60 percent: the reduction in developmental problems in children in China who were born after a coal-burning power plant closed in 2006.
- 35 percent: the amount of coal’s energy that is actually converted to electricity in a coal-burning power plant. The other two-thirds is lost to heat.
- 1.5 acres: the amount of rainforest lost every second to land development and deforestation, with tremendous losses to habitat and biodiversity.
- 137: the number of plant, animal and insect species lost every day to rainforest deforestation, equating to roughly 50,000 species per year.
- 2.5 percent: the percentage of humans’ carbon dioxide emission produced by air travel now, still making it the largest transportation-related greenhouse gas emitter.
- 5 percent: the percentage of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions expected to be produced by air travel by the year 2050.
- 4 pounds, 6 ounces: the amount of cosmetics that can be absorbed through the skin of a woman who wears makeup every day, over the period of one year.
- 61 percent: the percentage of women’s lipstick, out of the 33 tested, found to contain lead in a test by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
- 36: the number of U.S. states that are anticipating local, regional or statewide water shortages by 2013.
- 3 trillion: the number of gallons of water, along with $18 billion, the U.S. would save each year if every household invested in water-saving appliances.
- 64 million tons: the amount of material prevented from going to landfill or incineration thanks to recycling and composting in 1999.
- 113,204: the number, on average, of aluminum cans recycled each minute of each day.
- 3: the number of hours a television set can run on the energy saved from recycling just one aluminum can.