Why Conserve

global warming self-inflicted

"The science is in. The facts are there that we have created, man has, a self-inflicted wound that man has created through global warming." Arnold Schwarzenegger

climate changes and affects on life

"First, I worry about climate change. It's the only thing that I believe has the power to fundamentally end the march of civilization as we know it, and make a lot of the other efforts that we're making irrelevant and impossible." Bill Clinton

Greenland's Glaciers

Glaciers in Greenland are sliding into the sea almost twice as fast as expected as reported in the journal Science in 2006.

open space habitats lost

In Massachusetts approximately 40 acres of open space habitat is lost to development every day.

bird population

The population of bird species are down by 70% in Massachusetts since 1967, according to a recent Massachusetts Audubon report. The cause of this decline is attributed to habitat loss and climate change.

Rainforest clearing

Approximately 40 football fields of tropical forests are cleared each minute. This is putting thousands of species at risk of becoming extinct as well as contributing to climate change. Union of Concerned Scientists Earthwise Volume 9, Number 3

Wast emistions from curbside recycling programs

A typical curbside recycling program that collects steel and aluminum containers, newspapers, glass and certain kinds of plastic will eliminate, for every ton of waste processed:

  • 620 pounds of carbon dioxide

  • 30 pounds of methane
  • 5 pounds of carbon monoxide
  • 2.5 pounds of particulate matter
  • soot and ash
  • varying amounts of other pollutants.

Furthermore, it takes less than 25% as much energy to make aluminm cans from recycled cans as from virgin ore. Read More »

Fosil fuel useage by Americans

The average American uses twice as much fossil fuel as the average resident of Great Britain and consumes 3.25 pounds of meat 1.5 times as mush as the average Briton. UCS book A Consumers Guide to Effective Environmental Choice

Americans: wasters of trash

The average American discards approximately 1 ton of trash a year, 2 to 3 times the amount a typical European throws away. UCS book A Consumers Guide to Effective Environmental Choice

growing population

Every baby born in the U.S. leads to an average lifetime production of 1 million kilograms of atmospheric wastes, 10 million kilograms of liquid wastes, one million kilograms of solid wastes and consume 700 kilograms of minerals and 24 billion BTUs of energy. A 1994 article, by the College of Environmental Science and Forestry of the State University of New York [UCS book A Consumers Guide to Effective Enviromental Choices]

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"Around the world, there has been a three-fold increase in extreme weather events over the past three decades."

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