Guest blogger Natalie Moger (yes, she’s related) contributed the following post on Earth Day.
And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything. ~William Shakespeare
In 1970 Senator Gaylord Nelson dedicated April 22 as a day to understand and value earth’s environment. Over the past forty years Earth Day has been a major part of our nation’s history. Today it is the most widely celebrated, non-religious holiday in America, and celebrated by more than 1 billion people around the world. In honor of this holiday, let’s learn something new about our planet and how to better preserve it. Did you know . . .
- Earth will travel 1.6 million miles in its annual journey around the Sun.
- 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.
- Only 11% of the earth’s surface is used to grow food.
- Woodruff v. North Bloomfield Gravel Mining Company (1884) was the first major environmental ruling in the nation.
- 100 million plastic bags are thrown away annually in the United States. Reusable grocery bags do make a difference.
- You can reduce save energy simply by turning the dial on your washing machine to cold. Most loads don’t need hot water, and 90% of the energy used by washing machines goes into heating.
- 100 million trees and 28 billion gallons of water are used to send Junk mail to Americans every year. You can stop 75% of unsolicited mail by registering on the Mail Preference Service on the Direct Marketing Association Website (for a fee of $1). (www.dmachoice.org).
Learn more about Earth Day @ earthday.org)