Happy Earth Day!

In 1970, the modern movement known as Earth Day was born from a need to slow down the negative effects of our fast-paced lives on the environment. While we are much more environmentally cautious these days, we are seeing the consequences of our actions.  Here are a few uncomfortable statistics provided by dosomething.org:

  • Each year, 1.2 trillion gallons of untreated sewage, storm-water, and industrial waste are dumped into US water. [1]
  • Over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals are killed by pollution every year. [2]
  • Approximately 40% of lakes in America are too polluted for fishing, aquatic life, or swimming. [3]

While children make up 10% of the world’s population, over 40% of the global burden of disease falls on them. [4] They’re being left to clean up our mess. Worse, more than 3 million children under age five die annually from environmental factors. [4] Waiting until tomorrow to take action, got us in this predicament. How about we join and start today?

  1. United Nations environment Programme. “Marine Liter: Trash that Kills.” Web Accessed April 22, 2019..
  2. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “Nonpoint Source Pollution: The Nation’s Largest Water Quality Problem.” Web Accessed April 22, 2019.
  3. Chambers, Neil B. “How Infastructure Makes Water Work for Us” Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
  4. Blacksmith Instite, Green Cross. “The World’s Worst Pollution Problems: The Top Ten of the Toxic Twenty.” Web Accessed April 22nd, 2019. 

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