Selections from The Green Book - a guide to saving the planet one step at a time.
Middle Aged (35-54)
North American (General)
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The Green Book Be Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet. One Simple Step at a Time, written by Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M. Cost A Gin read by Tina Camera, Yanni. Chapter one Home. There are about 1.6 billion homes in the world, about 100 million in the United States alone. Yours is where you spend most of your time. It's where you use the most energy and water and create the most amount of waste. On average, you create £4.5 of trash every day over the course of your life that will total 600 times your average adult weight in garbage broken down your torso would be paper. One leg would be yard trimmings. The other food scraps. One arm would be plastic with a rubber hand. The other would be metal. With a would hand, your head would be glass and your neck would be all the other stuff. In the end, we will each leave a £90,000 legacy of trash for our grandchildren. But waste isn't our biggest impact on the planet. Americans use at least twice a much water and energy per person as anyone else in the world. Those are big problems, considering there's a scarcity of both. To go around by 2025 the world must increase its water supply by 22% in order to meet its needs. Meanwhile, 40% of the drinking water supplied to homes is flushed down the toilet. As faras energy in the home goes, it's used mostly for heating and cooling. Keeping all this in mind, we've created the simple steps to be just that, taking into account all the points of the big picture, they allow you to make the biggest positive planetary impact with the least amount of effort. The simple steps one. Take a shorter shower every two minutes you save on your shower can conserve more than 10 gallons of water, and that adds up. If everyone in the country save just one gallon from their daily shower over the course of a year, it would equal twice the amount of fresh water withdrawn from the Great Lakes every day. The Great Lakes are the world's largest source of fresh water to set your thermostat a degree higher for air conditioning and a degree lower for heating, and you could save $100 per year on your utility bill. Keep adjusting and you'll save even more. If every home in America turned the dial, we could save more than $10 billion per year on energy costs, enough to provide a year's worth of gasoline, electricity and natural gas to every person in Iowa. Three. Recycle. If everyone in America simply separated the paper, plastic glass and aluminum products from the trash and tossed them into a recycling bin, we could decrease the amount of waste sent to landfills by 75%. Currently, it takes an area the size of Pennsylvania to dump all our waste each year.