Earth Challenge 2020 Fun Facts

Earth Challenge 2020 Fun Facts
We hope you all enjoyed our week of Loss of the Night activities! Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or comments about those activities.   We are now going to transition into our next week full of Earth Challenge 2020 activities! Below are some interesting facts about air and plastic pollution. Are there any other pollution facts that you would like to share with our team? Message us to let us know!  
  1. Nearly 5 out of 10 people live where the air they breathe earned an F in State of the Air 2020.
  2. Breathing ozone irritates the lungs, resulting in something like a bad sunburn within the lungs.
  3. Breathing in particle pollution can increase the risk of lung cancer, according to the World Health Organization.
  4. People who work or exercise outside face increased risk from the effects of air pollution.
  5. You can protect your family by checking the air quality forecasts in your community and avoiding exercising or working outdoors when the unhealthy air is expected.
  6. Climate change increases the risk of wildfires that spread particle pollution and ozone in the smoke.
  7. Millions of people are especially vulnerable to the effects of air pollution, including infants, older adults and people with lung diseases like asthma.
  8. Cigarette butts weigh one gram or less, but they account for 30% of all litter in the United States.
  9. More than 22 billion plastic water bottles are thrown away yearly, meaning only about one in every six water bottles purchased in the United States ends up being recycled.
  10. Plastic bags are so common in the United States that over 100 billion bags are used each year. Over three times more bags end up as litter in our forests and waterways than are recycled annually.
  11. Beverage containers account for 50% of roadside litter, and much of that is washed into our waterways.
  12. It can take hundreds or even thousands of years for plastic to break down so the environmental damage is long-lasting.
  13. The U.S. recycling levels have not improved in 20 years despite the billions of dollars spent on recycling competitions, symposiums, awareness campaigns and new sorting technologies.
  14. Recycling a single aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV for three hours.
  15. Glass can be recycled and re-manufactured an infinite amount of times and never wear out.
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