Now here are some spooky facts about what we’re doing to our planet (on daily bases!):
- The amount of wood and paper we throw away each year is enough to heat 50 million homes for 20 years.
- Each gallon of gas used by a car contributes about 19 pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere. For a single car driving 1,000 miles a month, that adds up to 120 tons of CO2 a year.
- A single polystyrene (Styrofoam) cup contains one billion molecules of CFCs--that's 1,000,000,000,000,000,000.
- Once a CFC atom reaches the ozone layer, it can take over 100 years before it breaks up and becomes harmless.
- Each year, 1 million sea birds, 100,000 marine mammals, and 50,000 fur seals are killed as the result of eating or being strangled in plastic.
- Each year, 40 million acres of tropical rainforests--an area larger than the state of California--are destroyed through logging or burning.
- Only 10 percent of the 35,000 pesticides introduced since 1945 have been tested for their effects on people.
- It takes only one-twentieth as much raw materials to grow grains, fruits, and vegetables as it does to raise animals for meat.
- A single quart of motor oil, if disposed of improperly, can contaminate up to two million gallons of fresh water.
- Driving an average of 1,000 miles a month produces about 120 tons of carbon dioxide a year.