eco_factoids.jpgIt’s often difficult to think green when you’re pressed for time or money. After all, it’s so much more convenient to use disposable diapers for your baby, especially if you’re an on-the-go mom. It’s easier to use a plastic cup for your coffee than bring your own mug because this way you don’t do any washing up. And why not buy new ink cartridges when your printer starts to produce faded-out pages instead of refilling the ones you’ve got? You may not think this affects the environment, but it does. You may think that, environmentally speaking, sure, we could be better, but we’re not doing too badly. Think again, as this featured video urges us!

Here are some facts and figures that may make you rethink your opinion:


Your Ink Stinks!

Around 375 million printer ink cartridges are thrown away annually, but it takes a thousand years for each cartridge to decompose in a landfill, according to this environmental factsheet.


Plastics Are Forever (Or a Really, Really Long Time)

It takes 100 to 400 years for plastics to decompose in a landfill, according to this factsheet from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


The Water Is Rising

According to the Earth Day website, scientists have estimated a 3.5- to 34.6-inch rise in sea level by the turn of the next century—and the current pace at which the sea level is rising is 50 percent faster than it was in the previous century.


Recycling Is a Numbers Game

Recycling may be a hassle, but it saves money! Here are some factoids from the Recycle Bits website: It takes 30 to 55 percent less energy to make recycled paper than to make paper from new trees. Aluminum uses 95 percent less energy to recycle than it does to be produced from raw materials. Can’t wrap your head around the numbers? Try this: Recycling one soft drink bottle saves you enough energy to run a TV for 90 minutes, whereas a glass jar saves the energy equivalent of lighting a 100-watt bulb for four hours.


World’s Worst

According to TIME Magazine, the top three on the list of the world’s most polluted places are Linfen, China; Tianying, China; and Sukinda, India. View the full list on Time.com.


They Paved Paradise and Put up a Parking Lot

An acre of tropical forests is lost every second, over 40 percent of the world’s tropical forests having already been destroyed, cites this environmental factsheet from LightParty.com.


USA: Big User, Small World

The United States uses up a fourth of the world’s natural resources, even though it’s home to only a twentieth of the world’s population, according to this environmental factsheet.


Life-Threatening Numbers

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Philippines ranks tenth in the world and fourth in Asia on the list of countries with the most number of threatened species, says this article on the official website for the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) under the Department of Agriculture (DA). The article goes on to explain that our country is home to 641 species that have been found to be critically endangered, endangered, or vulnerable.


Sink or Swim

As this article on the website for the Singapore Institute of International Affairs points out, the waters around the Philippine archipelago rose by 1.8 millimeters yearly from 1961 to 2003. A rise in sea-level by even just one meter, the March 2009 article claims, will most likely affect 64 out of our 81 provinces.


The Greenest Country We Are Not


On this 2008 list of the greenest countries in the world from the World Factbook (incidentally, the “greenness” of the country was associated with its livability), the Philippines ranked 87th out of a list of 141, having been far outgunned by fellow Southeast Asian countries Thailand (61st) and Malaysia (54th). The top five countries were Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Austria, in that order.


(Photo by Rodolfo Clix via sxc.hu)

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