Going Green to Conserve Energy and Save the Planet

Going green means something different to everyone. For some people, its taking the time to recycle disposable bottles and cans. For other people, it simply means not throwing away as many paper products.

Whatever the case may be for you, it's clear. The more we do to conserve energy and protect the environment today, the better things will be for our childrens, childrens, children!

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There are three simple rules of living a green lifestyle. They are:

  • Reuse products you can
  • Reduce what you throw away
  • Recycle any container that has the recycle symbol on the bottom of the product.
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    Small Part of the Pacific Gyre

    What pollution does to the environment has grown by exponentially. Look no further than the *pacific garbage patch or the rate at which icebergs are melting in Anarctica. The lasting effects on wildlife and the environment may be felt for thousands of years.

    *Although the great pacific garbage patch is actually widely considered to be a myth, there are still millions of small - sometimes microscopic - plastic bottle/trash pieces floating around in our waters and having a negative impact on the aquatic animals and fish that consume them.

    The reality is, that if we don't do something to change the trend, the world as we know it will cease to exist. If we do nothing, we may as well kiss our lifestyles goodbye!

    recycle image In March of 2008, a Vatican bishop announced seven new mortal sins, including causing pollution and being obscenely wealthy. According to the reports, the bishop said "the evils were linked to the unstoppable process of globalization".

    The good news is that we can all do our part in going green. Its not that hard. Life is turbulent, but the turbulence we feel today, will be nothing like the disaster we'll see tomorrow, if we don't act now! To be honest, all of this scares me and it should scare you too!

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    Practical Tips for Going Green

    Take your newspapers to the recycle bin at the trash dump or set them out on the road for the city to pick up. Keep barrels or large trashcans to throw away bottles, cans, and other recyclables. Place a large container in the yard and cover it with simple window screen. Use the rain water you collect to help water your plants. Gosh, there are so many things you can do, if you just use your imagination and think green!

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    Waste In America Today

  • The amount of wood and paper thrown away each year is enough to heat 50 million homes for 20 years.

  • 99.5 percent of all the fresh water on Earth is found in icecaps and glaciers.

  • Each gallon of gas exhumed by a car contributes about 19 pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere. For a single car driving 1,000 miles a month, that's equal to 120 tons of CO2 a year.

  • Americans throw away 25 billion Styrofoam coffee cups every year, and 2.5 million plastic beverage bottles every single hour.

  • A single polystyrene (Styrofoam) cup contains one billion billion molecules of CFCs. (Chlorofluorocarbons) Written out, thats 1,000,000,000,000,000,000. Whew!

  • Once a CFC atom reaches the ozone layer, it can take 100+ years before it breaks up and becomes harmless.

  • 110 million Americans live in areas where levels of air pollutants are considered to be harmful according to the federal government.

  • Americans dump 16 tons of sewage into their waters, every one minute of every day.

  • Although water covers two-thirds of the Earth's surface, the fresh water found in lakes, streams, and rivers represents only one-hundredth of the Earth's total water.

  • Each year, 1 million sea birds, 100,000 marine mammals, and 50,000 fur seals are killed as a result of eating something plastic.

  • Americans throw away enough glass bottles and jars that would have filled the two 1,350-foot twin towers of New York's World Trade Center every two weeks.

  • Americans throw away about 40 billion soft drink cans and bottles every year. If they were placed end to end, they would reach the moon (and back!) nearly 20 times over.

  • 84 percent of a typical household's waste, including food scraps, yard waste, cardboard, paper, cans, and bottles, can be recycled in some way.

  • Using recycled paper for one printing of the New York Times Sunday Edition, would save 75,000 trees.

  • If every American recycled just 1/10th of the newspapers they buy, we would save 25 million trees a year.

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  • Each year, 40 million acres of tropical rainforests, (an area larger than the state of California), are destroyed by logging or burning.

  • Only 10 percent of the 35,000 pesticides introduced since 1945 have been tested for their long term effects on people.

  • It takes 1/20th the amount of raw materials to grow grains, fruits, and vegetables as it does to raise animals for meat.

  • The average American home uses about 300 gallons of water a day.

  • A small leak (of 1/32 inch long) on a faucet can waste up to 6,000 gallons of water a month, or 72,000 gallons a year.

  • America's refrigerators use about 7 percent of the nation's total electricity consumption which is about the same output of 25 large power plants. Close the *&!#&!$*# door!

  • By turning the heat down just a few degrees, Americans could save more than 500,000 barrels of oil each day which is over 21,000,000 gallons. Get out your sweaters and learn to conserve heat!

  • A single quart of motor oil disposed of improperly, can contaminate up to two million gallons of fresh water.

  • Driving 1,000 miles a month produces 120 tons of carbon dioxide a year.

  • If all vehicles on U.S. roads had properly inflated tires, it would save nearly 2 billion gallons of gasoline a year.


    50 Surprising Facts on Energy Consumption in the United States

    Some of this information was researched, developed, and published by Mother Jones Magazine.

    If American's especially, don't start going green at home soon, your life and mine will be drastically changed forever. Do your part today by going green in some way. Just changing one thing you do is a start! If not for yourself, start conserving for future generations who are not yet born!

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