Earth Day by the numbers
Earth Day is Sunday, April 22.
April 21st, 2012
11:46 AM ET

Earth Day by the numbers

Happy Earth Day, everybody! More than a billion people in 192 countries take part in Earth Day activities, according to Earth Day network.

By the numbers:

4.43 – Pounds of "municipal solid waste" generated per person in the United States each day in 2010.

34.1 – Percent of "municipal solid waste" that ends up getting recycled.

43,271.4 – Percent change in CO2 emissions in Namibia since 1980, the highest in the world. (Not a typo!)

55.43 tonnes – CO2 emissions per capita in Qatar for 2007, the highest in the world.

5 – Percent of Americans who are vegetarian.

16,500 – Number of "Energy Star" certified buildings in the United States.

6 – Cities in California on the list of Top 25 Cities in the United States with the most "Energy Star" certified buildings.

8 – Cities in California in the Top 10 on the list of the Most Ozone-Polluted Cities in the United States.

7 – Number of different SPI Resin Identification codes for recycling on plastic goods.

39 – States with laws regulating the use of these codes on 16 oz bottles.

35 – Percent of hybrid car owners who buy another hybrid when they get a new car.

2.4 – Percent of the "new vehicle market" claimed by hybrid cars in 2011.

81 – Percent who switched regular light bulbs with energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.

70 – Percent who use reusable grocery bags instead of plastic or paper bags at the store.

1.2 million – Homes in the United States that use solar power.

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  1. Philip

    One day this 43 yr. old drunk walks into the Social Security office and files for early disability. After testing his physical health and researching his work history, the man is told he should stop drinking/drugging and go get a job. So the man hires a late night TV lawyer and sues the good hard-working/taxpaying citizens of the United Staes of America, and is awarded 930 bucks/mo. for life, plus a 99% discount on all the pharmaceuticals he can consume. Ha ha. Very funny.

    April 21, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy ©

    Reminds me of the knock-knock about the banana...keep them coming.
    Spread your sunsine, Rawr.

    April 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. AMERICA 1st

    Earth day. Just another day for the environmental whackos to spread their propaganda!

    April 21, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    lol @ bobcat just what the doctor ordered. And banasy congrats on the white sox! And mary, better call guiness on that cat lol. And philip, you make a very good educator but you should probably leave the jokes to bobcat.

    April 21, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. raven

    Man, this puts some things in perspective. I try to be consciencious, but with stats like these, it almost feels pointless. Humans aren't gonna be happy til we've just ruined our own home.If we haven't already. Depressing.

    April 21, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. raven

    Hey chrissy! Looks like we both came on at the same time..GMTA!

    April 21, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    lol raven, you inspired me! Needed a break from spring cleaning, & the negative one in the drive by room. & ive been rather discouraged with CNN lately & wouldnt you know my first post @ 9:07 is awaiting moderation! And im still chuckling about marys cat!

    April 21, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. raven

    Ikr, chrissy? I have a cousin whos a major alky, been fired a kabillion times from (some) really cushy jobs. Just got on disability for (ahem) "depression". But, my OTHER cousin who works his butt off, can't AFFORD to get sick, cuz insurance is so dang spendy.

    April 21, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    Oh, I think it's one of those folksy little stories that gets passed around, but has absolutely no basis for dad used to tell me these kinds of little fables, too.

    April 21, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Either that, or it's a joke, like bobcat's jokes.

      April 21, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    Idk banasy, i do know drug addicts get it! That irritates me to no end. For one thing it not only enables them but we get to foot the bill on top of it. Definitely needs some reform.

    April 21, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. raven

    marys cat?

    April 21, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. raven

    Or the dream of the cat? On the other thread?

    April 21, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. raven

    @ chrissy: I see a post @9: 07, but it's addressing the fact that ANOTHER post is awaiting moderation...

    April 21, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    @ chrissy

    I had had one of my jokes moderated and removed earlier today. Cnn obviously took UMBRAGE with it. Hey< I'm kinda getting to like that word. UMMMMBRAGE. It kinda rolls off the tongue, you know ?

    April 21, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      How in the world did this get down here ? It was on the other page a little while ago. How strange.

      April 21, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    Yeah, the look on Phillip Humbers face when he realized he pitched a perfect game...he fell to his was a great moment for him, and the WS!

    April 21, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
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