Week Two: March 11th - March 17th, 2012
Our Dependence on Oil
The assignment for Week One asked you to give no less than three reasons, in two or three brief paragraphs, to explain why caring for the Earth is important to you. There are no "wrong" answers. I simply want readers to take a few moments to ponder these considerations for themselves, and for future generations.
Here are a few facts about our current impact upon the Earth:
- The population is currently above 6.9 billion people; a growing strain upon Earth's natural resources
- The average person generates about 4.5 pounds of trash per day; multiply this times 6.9 billion
- About 14 billion pounds of trash is dumped in the ocean annually; consider the future water supply
- Several US states are already experiencing water shortages and now tap into Canada's water supplies
Here's your challenge for Week Two: See if you and your family can list at least 10 different things in your household (or within its construction) that do NOT have parts, sealants, or any other materials in them made from oil. (Please do not list 5 silver forks and 5 silver knives as equaling 10 items. Something like this would count only as one item). Refer to the two links above to double-check your answers, and then submit them in a post of your own.
Please keep in mind that your comments matter. Additional insight and links are always welcome! My goal with the Earth Day ~ Every Day Campaign: 13 Weeks of Earth-Wise Exploration is not to torture my readers (all 5 of them, LOL) but to provide education and awareness, and to promote responsibility for the benefit of the Earth and all of her inhabitants for generations to come.
Inspired by her Native American roots and Bradbury lineage, Polly Taskey is a writer and grandmother in the northern USA. She shares her wisdom and pagan interests through Pagan by Design and The Moonlit Grove.