Everything You Need To Know About Earth Day… and More!

Earth Day is an anniversary celebrated by MILLIONS. From continent to continent, all across the world we come together on this special day to create an environmental footprint that will last lifetime. It’s important that we recognize all the events and key moments that have been so motivating to those who have helped. The moments that have made people consider the impact on our environment and encouraged them to take action themselves.

Every day should be considered Earth Day and with the collaborations of millions we are beginning to pave the road for a bright a healthy future for our planet.

10 Fun Facts About Earth Day:

  1. The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. It originated in the U.S., but became recognized worldwide in 1990 with 140 countries participating, and in 2000 more than 180 countries participating.
  2. 20 million people were recorded to have participated in the very first Earth Day.
  3. On Earth Day in 2009, Disney released a documentary film called “Earth” that followed migration paths of four animal families.
  4. The theme for this year’s Earth Day is “Green Cities.” A campaign meant to help cities and communities around the world accelerate their transition into a more sustainable future.
  5. On Earth Day in 2012, more than 100,000 people rode bikes in China to reduce CO2 emissions and save fuel.
  6. In 2011, 28 million trees were planted in Afghanistan by the Earth Day Network.
  7. In Panama, more than 100 endangered species of orchids were planted and maintained to prevent their extinction in honor of Earth Day.
  8. Chicago broke some records on Earth Day in 2007 with festivities at the Lincoln Park Zoo drawing more than 40,000 people, a single-day attendance record!
  9. Earth Day members host more than 10,000 Earth Day events around the world.
  10. This year, NASA is holding a #GlobalSelfie event, asking people to take photos of themselves outside and posting them to social media. The pictures will be used to create a mosaic image of Earth.

(Source: DoSomething.orgChicagoNow.comEarthDay.org)

10 Unique Environmental Facts:

  1. More than 100 BILLION pieces of junk mail are delivered in the United States each year.
  2. It takes 6 weeks total to manufacture, fill, sell, recycle, and then remanufacture and aluminum beverage can.
  3. Recycling plants account for 3.1 million jobs in the U.S.
  4. Every year in the U.S. nearly 200 billion beverage containers are sold… Two-thirds of which are landfilled, incinerated, or littered.
  5. The average American office worker uses about 500 disposable cups every year.
  6. The average American employee consumes 2.5 cans of soda each day at work.
  7. North Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour.
  8. An estimated 2.6 billion holiday cards are sold each year in the U.S. That’s enough to fill a football field 10 stories high.
  9. Every year Americans throw away enough paper and plastic cups, forks, and spoons to circle the equator 300 times.
  10. Every Sunday, more than 500,000 trees are used to produce the 88% of newspapers that are never recycled.

(Source: Keep America Beautifulecocycle.orgcleanair.org)

10 Facts About the Effects of Litter on Roadways and Our Communities:

  1. Tobacco products comprise roughly 38% of all U.S. roadway litter. Paper and plastic come in at a close second.
  2. Litter cleanup costs in the U.S. amount to more than $11.5 billion each year mainly covered by businesses and taxpayers.
  3. Most roadway litter appears to originate from motorists and pedestrians… an astonishing 76%!
  4. Over 51 BILLION pieces of litter appear on U.S. roadways each year.
  5. Most of that trash is less than four inches in size, which amounts to 6,729 items of trash PER MILE of roadway each year.
  6. The presence of litter in a community decreases property values by 7%.
  7. Motorists not properly securing truck or cargo loads represent 20.7% of roadway litter, larger than four inches in size.
  8. More than 25,000 accidents are caused on North America roads each year by litter.
  9. In comparison – Visible litter on our nation’s roadways has decreased approximately 61% in the past 40 years due to programs like Adopt A Highway, Keep America Beautiful, and other statewide volunteer efforts to keep roadways clean.
  10. In addition, AHMC Sponsors have contributed to the removal of over 500,000 bags of trash equaling over 4.5 MILLION pounds in the last three years.

(Source: Keep America BeautifulLitterHurts,)

Every day Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation crews are responsible for removing monumental amounts of trash along our nation’s roadways; all of which is recycled, reduced, and reused at local recycling plants.

They deserve worlds of recognition for the environmental impact they are making each and every day, and we hope that through the Sponsor A Highway program we can continue to bring awareness to businesses and communities all across the United States.

To find out how you can get involved call 800-200-0003 or email us at info@adoptahighway.com

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