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|Facts about "E-Waste" |
The hidden harm of the technological revolution
Electronic waste, commonly known as "e-waste" includes electronic appliances, products, components, and accessories that, for one reason or another, we have deemed obsolete and have thus discarded. Electronic waste constitutes 2-5% of the US municipal solid waste stream and continues to grow rapidly. E-waste is continually on the rise--an average of 220 tons of computers and other e-waste are dumped in landfills and incinerators every year in the US. Municipal incineration is the largest source of dioxin into the US and Canadian environments and among the largest point source of heavy metal contaminations of the atmosphere.
Computers and Televisions
Cell Phones-A little gadget can add up to big problems
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I wanted to live deep and suck all the marrow of life..."
- Henry David Thoreau
If forests fail to strike you as beautiful, peaceful and worthy of existence for their own sake, take a moment to consider their value to natural systems. Forests are the lungs of our planet. They purify the air, protect our water and soil, and are a critical habitat to millions of animals and plants.
By destroying our forests, we are losing our most reliable ally in the struggle with global warming, floods, droughts and soil erosion. We are wiping out the guardians of the planet's freshwater resources and the garden that gives life to medicinal plants, foods, and many other products.
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Rise in per capita consumption in the U.S. since 1970: 62%
Decrease in the quality of life in the U.S. since 1970, as measured by the Index of Social Health: 51%
Share of Americans reporting that they were "very happy" was no greater in 1994 than it was in 1957.
Increase in number of new products between 1990 and 1997: 63%
What are 'Greenhouse Gases'? - When we burn fossil fuels, or clear forests, we increase the carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere. Then there's the chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) which are also potent greenhouse gases that destroy the ozone layer.
If everyone adopted the Western lifestyle, we would need five Earths to support us.
60% of infections picked up in hospitals are now drug-resistant.
Environmental disasters have already created 80 million refugees.
In 1996 Britain exported 49 million kg of butter - and imported 47 million kg.
In 50 years the US has - with intensive pesticide use - doubled the amount of crops lost to pests.
Little Facts - Big Punch!
About 246 million children - one child in six worldwide - are child laborers.
Every year, about 400,000 Americans are killed by tobacco use. That's more than the number than the deaths from AIDS, homicides, alcohol, illegal drugs, car accidents, fires and suicides combined.
If the global growth rate of energy use continues unchecked, the rate of worldwide energy consumption will double by 2035 and triple by 2055.
One of every 16 African women will die as a consequence of pregnancy whereas 1 in 3700 women in North America will die as a consequence of complications related to pregnancy or childbirth.
The Sierra Club calculates that driving an SUV for one year is equivalent to the energy wasted by leaving your refrigerator door open for six years, keeping a light in your house on for 30 years, and leaving your TV on for 28 years.
Do it for Your Children and
Their Children and...
A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman. "I've been thinking," he said, "I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone."
EARTH DAY 2005!
April 23 & 24 - Walter Fuller Park, 7891 26th Ave. N. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Annual Earth Day/Arbor Day celebration. Nursery & educational exhibits, pine seedlings, trees for sale, kids crafts, Children's Plant Fair, plant diagnostic clinic, free mulch, Garden Club flower show, Tree City USA, tool sharpening clinic, Grow & Share, food vendors and live music. Free admission. 727-893-7335.
(Take Tyrone Blvd. to 38 Avenue North - Turn left at light. Park is two blocks on the left).
Mother Earth's Lungs
You have a part in the scheme of things. What that part is you can know only from within yourself. You can seek it in receptive silence. You can begin to live in accordance with it by doing all the good things you are motivated toward and giving these things priority in your life over all the superficial things that customarily occupy human lives.
Florida is losing more habitate to invasive plant species than to development... plant a native tree!
Rainforests cover less than two percent of the Earth's surface, yet they are home to some 40 to 50 percent of all life forms on our planet-as many as 30 million species of plants, animals and insects. The rainforests are quite simply, the richest, oldest, most productive and most complex ecosystems on Earth. As biologist Norman Myers notes, "rainforests are the finest celebration of nature ever known on the planet." And never before has nature's greatest orchestration been so threatened.
WASHINGTON, March 19, 2003 — By a 52-to-48 vote, the Senate on Wednesday defeated an attempt to open part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. With war looming in Iraq, proponents of drilling, most of them Republicans, had focused on energy security as they tried to lift a congressional ban on drilling in the refuge.
One Florida bat can eat up to 3,000 mosquitoes a night.
Primates: an order in the animal kingdom; species include monkeys, apes and human beings.
Did you know there used to be CAMEL in Florida?
I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it... I want to have lived the width of it as well1
"We must learn not to disassociate the airy flower from the earthy root, for the flower that is cut off from its root fades, and its seeds are barren, whereas the root, secure in mother earth, can produce flower after flower and bring their fruit to maturity."
Energy is integral to virtually every aspect of life - it is hard to imagine life without it. Yet many of our most serious threats to clean air, clean water, and healthy ecosystems stem from humans' energy use.
Currently, most energy is produced from coal, oil, natural gas, and uranium. These energy sources pollute our air and water, change the Earth's climate, destroy fragile ecosystems, and endanger human health. A large amount of the energy we generate is wasted, raising energy costs and harming the environment.
We can meet our energy needs while protecting human health, our climate, and other natural systems. The solution is a rapid transition to energy efficiency and the use of clean, renewable energy sources such as the sun and wind. Renewable energy sources are abundant and inexhaustible. They do not use fuel, so fuel costs and price fluctuations are not an issue. They generate energy with minimal pollution, causing no oil spills, nuclear meltdowns, nuclear wastes, smog, or acid rain.
When joining together, ordinary citizens are the most powerful political force in the world. Learn more about how you can help create a clean energy future.
Walk in Balance
The American businessman was at an outdoor fresh food market at a coastal Costa Rican farm village when a small truck with filled with boxes of fruit pulled up. The American complimented the driver on the quality of his fruit and asked how long it took to pick it all. The Costa Rican farmer replied, only a little while. The American then asked why didn't he pick more fruit? The Mexican said he had enough to support his family's immediate needs. The American then asked, but what do you do with the rest of your time? The Costa Rican farmer said, "I sleep late, tend to the orchard, pick fruit, have lunch, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life, señor."
The American scoffed, "I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should pick more fruit, plant more trees, spend more time farming and with the proceeds, buy a bigger orchard, and with the proceeds from the bigger orchard you could buy several orchards. Eventually you would have a fleet of trucks. Instead of selling your harvest at fruit stalls in small villages you would sell directly to city markets, and eventually open your own fruit exporting business. You would control the product and distribution."
"You would need to hire orchard and distribution managers, leave this small coastal village and move to San Jose, then Mexico City, then Los Angles, then New York City where you will run your expanding enterprise."
The Costa Rican farmer asked, "But señor, how long will this all take?"
To which the American replied, "15-20 years."
"But what then, señor?"
The American laughed and said: "That's the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions."
"Millions, señor? Then what?"
The American said, "Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal farming village where you would sleep late, tend to your orchard, pick fruit, have lunch, play with your grandchildren, take siestas with your wife, stroll into the village each evening and play guitar with your amigos.
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