Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Earth Day and World Malaria Day

Did you know that what you consume and how you dispose of it directly affects people in developing nations? People in the U.S., on average, have the largest carbon footprint in the world. For example, 80% of the paper consumed in the U.S. comes from outside it's borders. Paper!

Did you know that very little of our plastic that we so faithfully put into our recycle bins gets processed in the U.S.? It gets sold off shore where there are no government restrictions to make sure that it's done safely and without harming both the environment or the people who live there.

Did you know that plastic bags cost thousands of dollars to recycle material that is only worth a few dollars when the recycled product is done? So instead of being recycled, they go into landfills, get caught on trees, end up in the sewer and washed into waterways clogging harbors and eventually joining a large mass of them in the Arctic ocean near Spitzbergen. Even worse, as they degrade, they become more and more toxic.

So this Earth Day on April 22nd, think about reducing your carbon foot print by reducing your paper and plastic bag use. You can figure it out. Get creative!

Another important day this week is World Malaria Day on April 25th. Malaria is 100% preventable and it kills more kids in Africa than AIDS. 75% of those who die from malaria in Africa are kids under the age of 5. So let's do something about it!

Jordan Foxworthy learned about malaria on a family trip to Africa as well as how simple it is to prevent it. She realized that even though she was only a teenager, she could do something about it. So, she is, and she's asking all of us to participate. Go here to learn more about malaria, watch the videos, and bite back by buying a net.

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