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Climate Week 3rd – 9th March

Climate Week Facts
This week (Monday 3rd March – Sunday 9th March 2014) is Climate Week.  Below are some interesting facts about climate change. 

Energy Use
A person in the UK produces the same amount of greenhouse gases every 2.5 days, as a person in Mali uses in a year.  Do you think this is fair?
The USA throws away 2.5 million plastic bottles every day – enough to reach the moon and back every 3 weeks.

Saving Energy
All of our ovens, microwaves, kettles and other kitchen cooking appliances use up enough electricity in a year to run the UK's street lighting for 6 years.
The stand-by light on your television uses 11% of the total energy used when the television is switched on.  We spend £50 million every year in the UK on TV stand-by lights!  Switch off at the plug instead.
Energy saving light bulbs last up to 12 times longer than normal light bulbs and can save you money year after year.  If everyone in the UK installed three energy-saving light bulbs, we would save enough energy to power the UK's street lighting for a year.
We waste 20% more electricity by re-boiling the same water in a kettle.  Only boil the amount that you need instead of filling it to the top.

Travel
If a car drives the length of Britain from Lands End to John O’Groats just once, it puts out as much carbon dioxide as the average human would breathe out in their whole lifetime.
A plane trip from Europe to New York uses the same amount of energy as a family of four’s washing for 14 years!

Water
It takes a lot of energy to turn rainwater into drinking water.  Each Briton uses about 150 litres of tap water a day, but if you include the amount of water embedded within all the food and products we consume we actually use about 3,400 litres every day.
A dripping tap can waste up to 90 litres of water every day.  That’s enough for a bath!
A tap left running can use up to 9 litres of water in one minute and this would fill enough bottles of water for 18 lunch boxes!

Food
The amount of food brought into the UK by air doubled between 1992 and 2002.
A kiwi fruit flown from New Zealand to the UK uses 5 times its weight in greenhouse gases.

 

Posted on: March 3, 2014