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Earth day

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  • 1. • It’s a Special Day… we will take some time to discover why…and how to make everyday special!
  • 2. My Belief • Every single person can make a change…this can create a spiral effect to SAVE our world.
  • 3. BE RESPONSIBLE • I am the ONLY person RESPONSIBLE for my behavior. • I choose to recycle…to make the world better place for my family. • I choose today to introduce and challenge each of you to RECYCLE!
  • 4. Get a Recycling Bin
  • 5. Shopping Totes • I shop with canvas totes… • I take these to the grocery store and the mall! I don’t want their plastic bags!
  • 6. Statistics on Plastic Bags and Reasons to Stop Using Them! • Plastic bags often end up in nature…and oceans • Sea turtles mistake clear plastic bags for jellyfish. Birds swoop down and swallow the plastic. The petroleum-based plastics take decades to break down, and as long as they float on the ocean's surface, they can appear as feeding grounds. • "These animals die because the plastic eventually fills their stomachs…It doesn't pass, and they literally starve to death.“ • Source: www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin
  • 7. Plastic bags.. Don’t have to be eaten to harm the animals
  • 8. Statistics on the Amount of Time Items Take to Decompose . The New York Times and other sources : Has the following listed: Paper: 2.5 months Milk Carton: 5 years Cigarette Butt: 10-12 years Plastic Bag: some say 10-20 years…other sources say 100 years Disposable diapers: 75 years -450 years Tin Can: 100 years-200 years Plastic Bottle: 450 years Glass Bottle: 1,000,000 years Styrofoam: NEVER Sources:Nemve E Metropolitan Diary, Oct. 1,2001 www.thatdanny.com
  • 9. Statistics: • In 2006, Americans drank about 167 bottles of water each, but only recycled an average of 23 percent. That leaves 38 billion water bottles in landfills. • Bottled water costs between $1 and $4 per gallon and 90 percent of the cost is in the bottle, lid and label. • According to the Beverage Marketing Corp, the average American consumed 1.6 gallons of bottled water in 1976. In 2006 that number jumped to 28.3 gallons. • It takes over 1.5 million barrels of oil to manufacture a year’s supply of bottled water. That’s enough oil to fuel 100,000 cars. • www.franklygreen.com
  • 10. Plastic Bottles • Eight out of 10 plastic water bottles become landfill waste. • In 2007 we spent $16 billion on bottled water. That’s more than we spent on iPods or movie tickets. • Plastic bottles take 450-700 years before they begin to decompose in a landfill. • If everyone in NYC gave up water bottles for one week they would save 24 million bottles from being land filled; one month would save 112 million bottles and one year would save 1.328 billion bottles from going into the landfill.
  • 11. Yuck!
  • 12. This Picture Represents the Amount of Plastic Bottles Thrown Away Every 5 Minutes
  • 13. My Change • Buy a PUR water purifier for your faucet. • Buy a large plastic container to keep in the refrigerator for a constant “cold” water supply… • Buy a container to take places
  • 14. What Other Changes Can I Do?
  • 15. How To Conserve Energy and Water • Shut the water off while brushing your teeth…or brush your teeth in the shower! • Put a bucket in your shower to capture water…use it to water your plants. • Shut off the water while washing the dishes (by hand) • Use less electricity in the summer by running appliances in the early morning or late evening…run “full” loads
  • 16. Changes in Household Items • Change hazardous waste material in your house to environmentally safe materials
  • 17. What happens when the landfills are full?
  • 18. Is it a problem if we don’t acknowledge it?
  • 19. Ideas for Us?
  • 20. If Not Us…Then Who? • If we don’t change…then who will? • Society tends to always think someone else will do “it”. • “It” happens to other people, “it” doesn’t really matter… • I THINK “IT” DOES!!!
  • 21. “It” is in our hands!
  • 22. Is “It” Possible? • Is the feat possible… or will we fail? • Only time will tell…but without trying… • WE FAIL.
  • 23. WE Deserve a Clean Planet!