On Monday April 22nd the world will be celebrating Earth Day to demonstrate
support for environmental protection. Organizations everywhere will host
events for local communities to participate in and show the world that they
care about the place they live. Events will range from beach and park
cleanups to DIY workshops and tree plantings, while schools will educate
their students about the importance of having an environmentally-conscious
mind and keeping our world safe and clean.
Instead of just thinking about how your actions positively/negatively affect
the earth once a year, why not integrate sustainable practices into your
everyday lives. This post will feature some of the Earth Day projects
worldwide, while also offering simple suggestions on how you can make your
everyday routine more environmentally conscious.
Save Our Shores
Save Our Shoresis a non-profit
marine conservation organization in Santa Cruz, California who cares for the
marine environment through ocean awareness, advocacy, and citizen action. Last
Earth Day, their beach cleanup helped collect over 850 pounds of pollution, and
on Earth Day 2011 they collected over 2,700 cigarette butts from their local
beaches in just 2 hours alone! (1)
Decorate Grocery Bags
Earth Day Groceries Projectwill
be celebrating its 20thAnniversary.
It's an easy, cost free environmental awareness project that matches youths with
grocers to relay the message of Earth Day to everyone! To participate, teachers
just have to contact a local grocery store and ask to borrow "X" amount of paper
bags. Explain the purpose of the project to the manager, and pass out a paper
bag to each student to decorate with Earth Day themed messages and pictures.
Return the bags to the same store on Earth Day, and customers will receive their
groceries as well as an Earth Day message from children who care about the
environment. Hopefully next Earth Day they will walk into the grocery store with
a reusable bag! (2)
Attend an Earth Day Festival
There will be Earth Day festivals all around the world on Monday April 22ndand
the weekend prior. Most of the festivals will include tree plantings, community
trash pickups, and DIY projects. San Francisco was
voted the Greenest City in North America, so we know they will be celebrating
Earth Day to the max! Their festival will include music by local bands and dj's,
green DIY workshops, keynote speakers, earth friendly exhibits and even an
electric car showcase! Make the effort and see what your local community is
doing to celebrate on and around April 22nd.
CLEAN WATER PROJECT
Peru is currently working on a pilot project for rainwater collection to supply
a small community with clean, safe drinking water.
The villages in the District of Fernando Lores collect their water from the
Amazon River or from contaminated wells. Undeniably, unsafe water is a leading
concern of health experts around the world. More people die each year from
unsafe water than from all forms of violence, including war.
In Peru, overall, at least 33% of the population does not have access to safe
drinking water. In the District of Fernando Lores, the percentage grows to
greater than 99% of the population. The Ministry of Health estimates that over
half of all the deaths in the district of Fernando Lores are due to water born
Through funding provided by the Rotary Club of East Hartford, Connecticut, APECA
installed a water catchment system at the Neuvo Progreso 'posta medica' to
provide clean and safe water to the clinic. Many of these systems are desperatly
APECA has identified 30 villages where this type of system is viable and APECA,
Rotary Clubs in the USA and Rotary International are working to make it happen.
APECA Peru provides unusual opportunities to learn, conduct research in a
natural, undeveloped setting. Our programs are open to undergraduate and
graduate students, faculty and professionals. In addition, anyone who wants to
learn first hand about a beautiful, fascinating region and its inhabitants can
experience the Amazon rain forest while doing useful work.
Please understand that our purpose is support of our ongoing projects in health,
education, and conservation – not ecotourism. Participants are welcome in our
programs for periods from two weeks to several months. Fees will be charged and
will cover your room, board and local transportation costs. Personal travel
expenses are the responsibility of each participant.
There are three major categories:
Students: Undergraduate and graduate students who will receive
academic credit for their work may undertake projects which are compatible
with APECA projects. They may participate with our staff in project
activities. Spoken Spanish is a requirement.
General visitors: Everyone who wishes to help achieve APECA
objectives is welcome to take part in daily activities at El Fundo and
assist on APECA field projects in river villages.Minimal spoken Spanish is a
Independent Researchers: Faculty, doctoral candidates and working
professionals who want to conduct research which has been determined by
APECA staff to be compatible with its projects are welcome. Researchers will
be asked to provide copies or summaries of their work to APECA.
Founder Gina Low. Main reception hall with second level sleeping quarters was the first
building at El Fundo in 1995. The dining hall to the left accommodated 40
and was added during the next two years. In 2008 the current dining room
site was established using some of the same floor boards, including pieces
of El Trochero, the original First Aid Clinic boat of 1993.
El Fundo, APECA's field base and training center, is close to the district
administrative seat, Tamshiyacu. Our base is on the south bank of the Amazon
River about five hours by public motor-taxi boat south (upstream) of Iquitos,
the capital of Peru's northeastern region, Loreto. Travel in APECA's boat takes
less time, about 2 hours. Life at El Fundo is simple, uncluttered, and rustic.
Limited amounts of electricity are provided by solar panels and a generator. The
sleeping facility, which overlooks the Amazon River, is a comfortable open space
with cement floor and screened windows. There is limited solar power at night
for lighting. Beds are equipped with mosquito nets. Bathrooms include flush
toilets and showers. The dining room, kitchen and conference area are fully
Village visits are occasions for lectures on hygiene, including prevention
of diseases such as cholera, dysentery, and parasites.
Visiting technicians can test for malaria and tuberculosis. In some villages
they can also confer with the resident medical technician (a Health Ministry
employee) or the volunteer health promoter (an unpaid local resident).
Education for health and nutrition includes use of natural medicines and
other local healing lore.
Conservation of Flora and Fauna are encouraged as we sensitize the future
conservers of the rainforest.
For more information on APECA and its projects, visit: http://www.apecaperu.org A 501 (c)3 organization EIN:061385185 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
America, more than 40,000 tons of plastic and metal is saved from
landfills annually as a result of cartridge recycling. For every 100,000
used cartridges recycled, we can save 9599 kilograms of aluminum, 40
tons of plastic, and 1,000,000 liters of oil. Ink cartridge recycling
has virtually become synonymous with successful sustainable development.
imagine the exponential savings by reusing those cartridges BEFORE
recycling them. Reuse is the highest form of recycling which is why
remanufacturing is the ideal way to give used inkjet and toner
cartridges another life - a life which doesn't include being abandoned
in a landfill where it can take more than 1,000 years for the cartridge
Here are just some of the reasons to reuse/recycle cartridges:
Reduces AIR and WATER pollution.
It helps save Environment.
It helps save Energy.
Emissions of Greenhouse gases.
More Facts About Recycling
year over 375 million empty ink and toner cartridges are thrown away
with most ending up in landfills or in incinerators.
this in perspective the 375 million cartridges per year amount to
1,000,000 cartridges per day
11 cartridges per second.
375 million cartridges put end-to-end would circle the earth over
mountain of waste can be reduced through reuse and recycling. Yet
approximately 70% of all ink cartridges and 50% of all toner cartridges
are still not recycled.
plastics used in printer cartridges are made of an engineering grade
polymer that have a very slow decomposing rate ranging between 450 to
1000 years depending on the cartridge type. Ink cartridges may also leak
printer ink polluting the surrounding environment.
Disposing ink cartridges into garbage can cause great harm to
environment and miniature life. Most importantly, carbon black (toner)
has been classified as carcinogenic by the International Agency for
Research on Cancer.
than three quarts of oil are consumed in producing each new laser
cartridge. For manufacturing a new inkjet cartridge, about three ounces
of oil are required. Recycling helps lower this cost to a considerable
degree. An estimated quantity of over 11 million gallons of oil can be
saved in only seven months by ink cartridge recycling.
recycling printer cartridges, we conserve natural resources and energy
by reducing the need for virgin materials. Up to 97 percent of the
materials that make up a printer cartridge can be recycled or reused if
taken care of. Printer cartridges can in extreme cases be refilled up to
15 times before reaching the end of their life most though averaging
between 5-7 refills. For reused/remanufacturing cartridges the oil
consumption is reduced to zero.