Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Happy Earth Day

The first Earth Day was organized in 1970 to promote the ideas of ecology, encourage respect for life on earth, and highlight growing concern over pollution of the soil, air, and water. Earth Day is now observed in 140 nations with outdoor performances, exhibits, street fairs, and television programs that focus on environmental issues. It is celebrated on April 22.

Facts and Tips from CNN to Save the Earth

Tune it up! Keeping your car tuned up is an easy way to help the environment. A well-tuned car uses up to 9% less gasoline than a poorly tuned car. (source: "30 Simple Things You Can Do to Save Energy," The EarthWorks Group)

In one year, we generate enough hazardous waste to fill the New Orleans Superdome 1,500 times over. (source: "Save Our Planet," Diane MacEachern)

Recycled glass uses only 2/3 the energy needed to manufacture glass from scratch. That means for every soft drink bottle you recycle, you save enough energy to run a television set for an hour and a half. (source: "30 Simple Things You Can Do to Save Energy," The EarthWorks Group)

Everyday Ways You Can Help Clean Up the Earth

It's a jungle out there: Increasing herbicide use has created a jungle of at least 48 "super-weeds" that are resistant to chemicals. (source: "Save Our Planet," Diane MacEachern)

Ceiling fans consume as little energy as a 60-watt bulb- which is about 98% less energy than most central air conditioners use. And ceiling fans can save energy in the winter as well as the summer. The secret: running their motors in reverse (there should be a switch on your fan). This pushes warm air caught near the ceiling down to where you can feel it. (source: "30 Simple Things You Can Do to Save Energy," The EarthWorks Group)

Installing the most efficient tire available on the market today would improve the fuel economy of most cars by 1 to 3 miles per gallon. (source: "Save Our Planet," Diane MacEachern)

We're talkin' trash: In 1987, Americans generated almost enough trash to fill a 24-lane highway one foot deep from Boston to Los Angeles. Disposable diapers alone make up enough trash to fill a barge half a city block long, every six hours, every day! (source: "Save Our Planet," Diane MacEachern)

¿Dónde jugaran los niños?

Cuidemos nuestra tierra.

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