Living day by day in our busy lives, it is easy to feel immortal, untouchable, and even ephemeral. What does it matter that we may throw a wrapper onto the street as we walk by? However, our isolated actions culminate and multiply in impact, spanning the world and cutting years off of our futures.
For better or worse, one person among the seven billion people inhabiting the Earth can make an impact.
Here are some facts and stats on the devasting effects caused by ignoring our environments needs.
People who live in places with high levels of air pollutants have a 20% higher risk of death from lung cancer than people who live in less-polluted areas.1
It takes only 5 days for a jet stream in China to carry the air pollution to the United States.2
The people most susceptible to high ozone levels are children, elderly, those with lung disease, and those active outdoors.3
Ways you can help!
Ways you can help!
While children make up 10% of the world’s population, over 40% of the global burden of disease falls on them. More than 3 million children under age five die annually from environmental factors.4
5000 people die every day as a result of drinking unclean water.5
The production of plastic uses around eight percent of the world's oil production (bioplastics are not a good solution as they require food source crops).6
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Over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals are killed by pollution every year.7
According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 80 percent of pollution in the marine environment comes from the land through sources like runoff.8
Billions of pounds of plastic can be found in swirling convergences in the oceans making up about 40 percent of the world's ocean surfaces. 80 percent of pollution enters the ocean from the land.9
Ways you can help!
1. “51 Facts About Pollution.” Conserve Energy Future, 25 Dec. 2016, www.conserve-energy-future.com/various-pollution-facts.php.↩
2. “51 Facts About Pollution.” Conserve Energy Future, 25 Dec. 2016, www.conserve-energy-future.com/various-pollution-facts.php.↩
3. “51 Facts About Pollution.” Conserve Energy Future, 25 Dec. 2016, www.conserve-energy-future.com/various-pollution-facts.php.↩
4. “11 Facts About Pollution.” DoSomething.org | Volunteer for Social Change, www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-pollution.↩
5. “51 Facts About Pollution.” Conserve Energy Future, 25 Dec. 2016, www.conserve-energy-future.com/various-pollution-facts.php.↩
6. EcoWatch. “22 Facts About Plastic Pollution (And 10 Things We Can Do About It).” EcoWatch, EcoWatch, 14 June 2018, www.ecowatch.com/22-facts-about-plastic-pollution-and-10-things-we-can-do-about-it-1881885971.html.↩
7. “11 Facts About Pollution.” DoSomething.org | Volunteer for Social Change, www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-pollution.↩
9. EcoWatch. “22 Facts About Plastic Pollution (And 10 Things We Can Do About It).” EcoWatch, EcoWatch, 14 June 2018, www.ecowatch.com/22-facts-about-plastic-pollution-and-10-things-we-can-do-about-it-1881885971.html.<↩
Disclaimer! We do not guarantee that any of these facts are true, they are merely submissions from our readers with their sources included
Social media is present in our daily lives and makes it easy to spread awareness about any issues such as environmental problems. Many people are unaware of the damage they are causing to our environment and tend to ignore the warning signs. We need our environment to strive and continue to exist. One way you can help is by spreading the word. Raising awareness about the issue allows others to realize the dilemma we’re facing and motivate them to help the environments. According to a Nielsen study, 92% of consumers believe suggestions from friends and family more than they do advertising - this stat alone solidified the word of mouth use case. Spread awareness, not germs. If you love this planet or want to live a pleasant life, protect it.
There are many organizations and scientific researches that are dedicated to solving environmental problems. By donating to these causes, you can greatly assist the search for solutions to these devastating problems.
Hover your mouse over each organizations to learn more about what they do and click on the small images to go to their site.
Save the bay help plant trees and plants around the shoreline to restore the bay to its former glory. They also gather seeds to grow the decreasing wetland plants in their plant nursery.
Earth Day’s strive to create a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations. They work with more than 50,000 clients to raise awareness by going around schools and cities to educate others about the environment and what they can do to protect it.
For more than 50 years, WWF has been protecting the future of nature. The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by more than one million members in the United States and close to five million globally. You can help WWF's global efforts to protect wild animals and their habitats with a symbolic species adoption.
GreenPeace challenge the systems of privilege that destroy the environment and place disproportionate burdens on the economically disadvantaged and the vulnerable. They do this by investigating, documenting and exposing abuses of power. They aim to disrupt the myths, narratives and barriers that discourage innovation and deny much needed progress. Your donation will enable them to defend our oceans and forests and protect our environment from toxic pollution.
Friends of the Earth aim to build a system that promotes clean energy and solutions to climate change. They’re fighting for a truly safe and healthy food system, protecting marine ecosystems,and the people who live and work near them. They try to expose those who endanger the health of people and the planet for corporate profit.
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Spread awareness of the MAGNITUDE of the problem and what can be done to MITIGATE its effects. A LITTLE step can make a BIG difference. From sharing news, to volunteering, to making donations: any step can bring us closer to our goal.
Whether you care about the environment or not, the Earth’s deteriorating condition will inadvertently affect your daily life, both directly and indirectly. From the little things, such as having a shortage of honey on your toast, to canceling that trip to an island now experiencing unforeseen volcanic activity, to your future children having asthma in a city full of air pollution, what we do to our environment now affects everyone. Other more obscure impacts include a decrease of productivity within the economy, damage to property and infrastructure, and mass migration causing raising of taxes. We care because we want future generations to enjoy the wide range of opportunities that we enjoy now. Every decision we make in the present lingers into the burden our children will carry. So whether you care about the environment or not, we hope we’ve made an impact on you.
Our vision is to spread awareness of our Earth’s health to the public that does not recognize the severity that any issues of the environment have on all aspects of our lives. Help us in our movement to lift the blight plaguing our earth, oceans, and skies.
We are six students at the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program at Intuit, and we made this as our final project to raise awareness for the pressing issues regarding our environment. Girls Who Code gave us all a wonderful opportunity to explore the computer science field. After all of our hard work, we hope you enjoyed looking at our site and will keep in mind that every little action counts in protecting our world.
|Adina Chen: I am a rising senior at Irvington High School. I love boba (food in general) and marching band.||Angelina Luo: I am a rising senior at Arroyo High School. I enjoy piano and playing video games.|
|Sophia Chadsey: I am a rising senior in Santa Clara High School. I love boba and playing the violin and piano as a part of the San Jose Youth Symphony.||Nancy Nguyen: I am a rising senior at Milpitas High School. I love being a part of orchestra and color guard as well as NHS. I like to sleep and read in my free time.|
|Michelle Lim: I am a rising senior at American High School. I love playing volleyball, being a part of the robotics team, and partaking in the UNICEF and MUN clubs in school.||Katelyn Yu: I am a rising junior at Notre Dame High School. I enjoy being a part of my school's golf team, a brown belt in karate, and playing piano.|
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