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Make it an Earth Day every day!

Earth Day is a reminder for us to stay in the green state of mind and think and act in support for environmental protection. Make it an Earth Day every day throughout the year! Here's some facts and tips to get you started:

Did you know?
… That one bus:
  • Carries as many people as 40 cars
  • Keeps 168 tons of pollutants out of the atmosphere
  • Saves 70,000L of fuel each year
Help to keep the air we breathe cleaner: carpool with friends or use public transport!

Facts about Recycling
#1 The garbage stays in a landfill for approximately 30 years.

#2 For every ton of paper recycled, we save 7,000 gallons of water free from toxic chemicals.

#3 Every ton of paper that is recycled also saves 17 trees in the process.

#4 The energy we save when we recycle one glass bottle is enough to light a regular light bulb for up to 4 hours.

Make every drop count

We each use about 12,000 gallons of water every year. Even though 70 percent of the world is covered by water, 97 % of this water is salt water, not fit for human consumption, 2% is frozen in ice, and only less than 1% of fresh water.

Make every drop count: conserve as much water as possible by turning off the faucet while brushing teeth. Check for leaky faucets. If you need to run water to wait for it to be hot or cold, collect this water and use it for cooking.

Did you know?
… That used batteries in the landfill:
  • Leak poisonous chemicals and gasses
  • Pollute soil water and air
  • Cause serious harm to animals and marine life
Find out if there’s a battery recycling program in your area and start bringing all your used batteries for recycling. You can also get some rechargeable batteries.
Related webisode: Paddy the Beaver in "Where do all the Batteries go?

Nature’s little filters!
Did you know that oysters are very good at cleaning the water? They filter the water through their gills, eating up dirt and toxins. Adult oysters can filter up to 5 liters or 1.3 gallons of water an hour. Not bad for just one little oyster! There are now programs to re-populate our shores with oysters, find out if there’s such program in your community and get involved.
Related webisode: Paddy the Beaver in "The Big Oyster"

For this Earth Day plant a tree!
Forests are the lungs of our planet. But did you know that almost 80% if the Earth’s forests have already been destroyed? Let’s help: Plant a tree, make it a fun outdoor activity with your friends at school or in the community. Every little tree counts!

Happy Earth Day!
We only have one earth, so we have to take care of her."
- U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson, founder of the Earth Day.

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