Happy Earth Day – 5 Facts you Didn’t Know About the Environment

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Happy Earth Day – 5 Facts you Didn't Know About the Environment

The artificial world that we currently live in has blinded us to the natural beauty around us. We walk on its soil and breathe in its air, we point and awe at the animals and quench our thirst with its liquid, yet we truly no nothing about the environment. It is an unfortunate truth that the disconnect we have for the environment stems from selfishness, greed and allure of possessions, however, if it wasn’t for the ever-giving environment, we would have a place to call home. In appreciation for earth day, below is a brief compilation of five interesting environmental facts that will hopefully inspire you to want to learn more.

5 Interesting Fact you Didn’t Know About the Environment:

  1. Water: Also known as H2O, water is the substance that ever human, animal and plant needs in order to survive. Water occupies approximately 70 percent of the world, however, only one percent is actually drinkable. Pollution has harmed its alkalinity and waste has diminished its supplies. It is predicted that by the year 2025, more than half of the worlds population will be vulnerable to a water shortage. Humans use an approximate 80 gallons of drinkable water a day to launder, shower, landscape, play and consume. Visit Water use it Wisely for tips on how to conserve water.

  2. Volcanoes: A volcano is an opening in the earth’s crust where lava, ash and gas escapes from magma reaching the surface. There are thousands of volcanoes occupying every continent and across the ocean floor. Lava can reach temperatures higher than 700 degrees C and a single eruption from a super volcano can cause catastrophic damage to the livelihood of all living things. Two of the most popular volcanoes in the world is Japan’s Mt. Fuji and Argentina’s Ojos del Salodo.

  3. Amazon Rainforest: Covering approximately 40 percent of the South American Continent, the beautiful Amazonian Rainforest is home to more than 200 different species of trees and over 40,000 species of plants. Over 2.5 million species of insects call the amazon rainforest their home along with 2,180 species of fish, 1,294 species of bird, 427 species of mammals, 428 species of amphibians and 378 species of reptiles. Regardless of its massive population, the Amazon rainforest is at risk largely due to deforestation – the shrinking habitat is leaving millions of species of life on the verge of extinction. Visit Save the Amazon Rainforests to learn more and to help.

  4. Oxygen: The earth’s atmosphere consists of approximately 21 percent of the gas essential to life  known as oxygen. Oxygen is formed by photosynthesis from the ocean and the trees. The overall oxygen levels has declined in the last few decades largely due to burning of fossil fuels and deforestation. Do your part to burn less fossil fuels by becoming a greener driver and using cleaner energy.

  5. Pollinators: A massive portion of the food we consume depends on the world’s pollinators. Butterflies, bees, birds and other critters play an enormos role in the fertility and reproduction of plant life. Without our pollinators, plant extinction and food scarsity will be the result. There has been an alarming decline of pollinators due to pollution, chemical farming and unethical pest control. Visit our friends at Natural Living Mamma to learn how to start a butterfly garden.

Happy Earth Day friends, let us walk softly upon this earth that we call home, so that we may leave it greener than we found it.