ACK Presents: 10 Fun Facts for Earth Day

Earth Bait

Happy Earth Day!

Today is about celebrating the beauty Earth has to offer and realizing that we can all make a difference when it comes to preserving and taking care of the environment we live in. Did you know that the average person generates over 4 pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year? In fact, Americans produced enough trash to circle the Earth 24 times.

To prevent ACK from contributing to all this waste, we’ve implemented streamlined warehouse processes including the  eco-friendly mobile technology and our Ugly Box initiative to re-use old boxes (like Girl Scout cookie boxes!) and greatly reduce the amount of trash that ends up in landfills. We also keep recycling bins throughout the office and encourage all our employees to utilize them when they can. If we all took a little time to reduce, reuse, and recycle the things we use every day we can work in cohesion to keep our world fishing, hiking, kayaking, camping and traveling ready for generations to come. So in honor of Earth Day today I thought I’d share 10 fun facts about this amazing planet we call home.

10 EARTH DAY FACTS

  1. The first Earth Day was April 22nd, 1970
  2. Over 75% of waste is recyclable but Americans only recycle around 30% of it
  3. Earth is the only planet known to support an atmosphere with free oxygen, oceans of liquid water on the surface, and life.
  4. Depending on where you are on Earth, you could be spinning through space at over 1,000 miles per hour
  5. We have 3 deadly lakes: the Nyos, Monoun, and Kivu. All are located in Cameroon, which borders Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Each are crater lakes that release carbon dioxide explosions causing passersby to asphyxiate on the poisonous gas
  6. Oceans cover some 70% of Earth’s surface
  7. Antarctica contains about 70% of the Earth’s fresh water and 90% of its ice
  8. The Great Lakes of North America- Michigan, Huran, Erie, Ontario and Superior-contain 21% of the world’s freshwater supply
  9. The lowest lake in the world is the Dead Sea. It is 1,371 ft below sea level
  10. The highest lake in the world is the crater lake of Ojos del Salado at 20,965 ft above sea level

Now get outside and enjoy some sunshine on this beautiful Earth Day!

 

Join the Texas Stream Team

Join the Texas Stream Team!
Join the Texas Stream Team!

Join the Texas Stream Team – a group of some 8,000 men, women, and children who have been active stewards of Texas waterways since 1991.

If you canoe, kayak or stand up paddle – or would like to –you can become founding members of the Texas Stream Team Paddlers.

You’ll be trained and equipped to monitor the quality of your favorite lakes, streams, or estuaries. You’ll become part of a citizen-based early warning system. Your data will support important water research, management, and conservation efforts.

Texas Stream Team also works with educators, parents, youth-focused organizations, and others to teach young people about water, the environment, and the enjoyment and stewardship of both.  If you are interested but you don’t have a boat, don’t worry: There are lots of landside opportunities too. For example, every year, some 125,000 visit our Spring Lake education facility to learn about Texas water.

Texas Stream Team Paddlers is now hosting orientations and trainings across the state. 

To find out how you can get involved, contact:

Travis Tidwell, Texas Stream Team, Program Coordinator, (512) 245-9148 or txstreamteam@txstate.eduMeadowsCenter.TXState.edu/