An artistic rendition of a futuristic human breathing from the last tree on Earth. While a metaphor, this will be humanity's fate if we don't act now! Read the facts about Pollution on Earth, and join to act now to advert this fate.
Pollutants in the air kill 800 people every hour, or one death every 13 minutes, and more than three times the amount of people that die each year from malaria, tuberculosis, and AIDS combined. Household air pollution caused the premature deaths of 3.8 million people, mainly in the developing world. Populations living in high density areas, which is a majority of the population, have a 20% higher risk of fatal lung cancer. Surprisingly there are more than 500 million cars in the world and by 2030 the amount is expected to reach 1 billion, causing air pollution to double unless initiatives are taken to stop toxic emissions.
The United States alone produces 30% of the world's waste and uses a quarter of the planet's natural resources. U.S. consumers also buy more than 29 million bottles of water each year, but only 13% are recycled. Back in 2010, composting and recycling helped prevent 85 million metric tons of waste from being dumped. Interestingly, half of all plastics ever manufactured have been made in the last 15 years, and production has increased exponentially from 2.3 million tons in 1950 to 448 million tons by 2015. Plastic production is worryingly predicted to double by 2050.
The ocean has 8 million metric tons of waste added into it each year, which equals approximately the amount of one garbage truck dumped per minute. Sadly, plastic is the main pollutant floating throughout our seas. The Great Pacific Ocean Patch which floats between Hawaii and California, has 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic, which is twice the size of Texas. Shockingly, about 1,000,000 sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed by plastic pollutants annually. Where does all this waste come from? About 80% is directly from the overflow of land pollution into waterways; including chemical run-offs, dumping, and leaks.
Before pollution can be recycled and repurposed, it must be removed from the environment. If it is left behind, it continues to add to the trillions of waste that is already piling up on earth. By organizing large clean-up events or organizations, like CWM, we can lower our planet's toxic, man-made waste.
Reduce the number of products in your household by cutting back on overall shopping to lower your amount of waste. This will help lower your entire household's carbon footprint on the environment, and be a green leader for others to follow. For items deemed necessary, find the bio-degradable alternatives.
Reusing and repurposing antique items not only adds charm to your home, it also decreases the amount of pollution that would have come from throwing that product away, or creating a new product.
By refusing store-bought food products that have wasteful packaging and greatly polluted the air, land, and water through creation and shipping, you can live more naturally by supporting local farmers or growing your own.
Less than 13% of all recycled plastic products are actually recycled. That's 87% still left in our environment- making humans and wildlife sick and even dying. In order to improve this, research where you are sending your recyclables and educate others about the need for recycling plants