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Yesterday was Earth Day!

I hope you had the opportunity to take in the true and real beauty of Earth. I hope you could take off your shoes on the grass, sit under a tree, smell the rain, or do anything that made you feel grateful and loved by our wonderful home.

This planet is our true home, and we will live in it our whole lives…Unfortunately, not many people recognize or appreciate the vastness and beauty we around surrounded by every day. By doing this, the human race as a whole, and our need to thrive and expand, has caused both neglect and destruction to all types of wildlife.

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated nationally on April 22, created to emphasize and remind people of the importance to protect and preserve our environment.

What a beautiful thing.

So, I figured it only fitting to conclude this Earth Day appreciation post with 10 unique facts about our home, Earth.

1.The desert “Baobab” tree can store up to 1,000 litres of water in its trunk.

 

2. Some of the oldest mountains in the world are the Highlands in Scotland. They are estimated to be about 400 million years old.

3. The Earth weighs 5,980,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons.

 

4. You may feel like you’re standing still, but you’re actually moving—fast. Depending on where you are on the globe, you could be spinning through space at just over 1,000 miles per hour.

 

5. Recycling one aluminum can  saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours.

 

6. Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures every year.

 

7. A modern glass bottle takes 4000 years or more to decompose.

 

8. The U.S. is the #1 trash-producing country in the world at 1,609 pounds per person per year. 5% of the world’s people produce 40% of the world’s waste. We toss out two billion plastic razors, a million and a half tons of paper towels, and 12 billion disposable diapers annually.

 

9. A single elephant tooth can weigh as much as 9 pounds.

 

10. The honey bee has been around for 30 million years.

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