‘EARTH DAY 2007’

 

This April 22nd will mark the 27th anniversary of earth day. Founded in 1970 by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, it was proposed to shake up the political establishment and force the issues.

 

A lot has changed since those days of leaded gas and massive V8 sedans, but the need for extensive change does not stop there and becomes more urgent with every passing day. As the earth burgeons under the weight of overpopulation we must learn to further scale down our consumptive diet for better, bigger and more.

 

I could continue to write and stand on my soapbox, but instead I will just list some facts for your consideration and politely ask that the next time you think about throwing something away or using resources that could be spared- please, think twice.

 

Earth Day network Reality Check

 

177 billion- Number of dollars US consumers saved in 2005 with automobile efficiency since 1973.

 

13.1 billion- number of gallons of gasoline saved if every American converted to one of the four most efficient cars in each class.

 

8 billion-Number of dollars US consumers lose daily in idle electronic functions such as lit display clocks, memory chips, and remote control functions.

 

495 million- numbers of dollars US consumers spend on gasoline every day.

 

550,000-Number of trees saved if all the newspaper in the US was recycled on one average Sunday.

 

22,000-Number of pounds of C02 released by the average household each year

 

2020- the year that Mt. Kilimanjaro’s glaciers will be completely gone

 

50- number of years it will take for the Greenland ice sheet to be completely eliminated at the current rate of emissions raising sea levels as much as 3-9 feet.

 

30-Number of dollars saved in energy cost for every light bulb replaced with an energy star bulb

 

20—percentage of total heat lost in a typical home because of poor sealing and insulation.

 

9-percentage of species facing extinction because of global climate change

 

3- percentage saved on the average heating bill for every degree a household lowers its thermostat in the winter. On the average midwestern heating bill of $200/ month or $1,000 a year this represents a savings of $30 per degree. Lower your thermostat just three degrees and you save around $90.

 

All of these changes may seem small and insignificant but put together in a bigger picture it can add up to huge savings and changes. Bottom line- with a little commons sense and a conscious awareness of our energy habits we all stand to gain. If you would like to read more about Earth Day, learn more energy/money saving tips, or be more involved go to www.earthday.net. Till next time, Rebecca