Earth Day Did you know Earth Day is
celebrating its 40th anniversary?
Please view the White House's
special message for the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.
We believe Earth Day has helped galvanize awareness that we need to lessen impacts to our precious planet. At the Bioengineering Group, we consider ecology first on every project because sustainability matters.
We can all do our part to promote sustainability and protect our environment.
Join our 40-day countdown to Earth Day (April 22nd).
Beginning on Sunday, March 14th, you’ll see a new “earth fact” on Twitter and here. We hope you find them interesting and thought-provoking enough to share. Our goal is to spread the word. We are on a mission to promote sustainability and hope you will join us.
The 40 Day Countdown to Earth Day
Grab or click a corner of our flipbook to thumb through our 40 day countdown to Earth Day.
40 days to Earth Day! Proposed by Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D-WI); passed in 1970 & celebrated around the world on 4/22.
39 days to Earth Day! Term
Biosphere: the global ecological system integrating all life forms & their relationships. 38 days to Earth Day! After the
Big Bang (13 billion yrs ago), earth coalesced into a planet 4.5 billion yrs ago. 37 days to Earth Day! The oldest fossil is a bacteria microbe-like object dating back 3.5 billion yrs ago.
36 days to Earth Day! Ice Ages (there were 5) began 2.4 billion yrs ago; dinosaurs became extinct 65 million yrs ago.
35 days to Earth Day!
Pangaea, earth’s initial sole land mass, split into our current continents 225 million yrs ago. 34 days to Earth Day! Humans & chimpanzees split from a common ancestor 6 million years ago.
33 days to Earth Day! Humans appeared 200,000 yrs ago & now we change earth's surface faster than natural processes.
32 days to Earth Day! Earth’s surface is 29% land & 71% water; of the water only 3% is fresh, the rest is salt water.
31 days to Earth Day! Glaciers are 2/3 of Earth's fresh water; the rest is underground & only 0.3% is surface water.
30 days to Earth Day! Sea birds can drink salt water due to glands at the base of the bill which excrete excess salt.
29 days to Earth Day! Russia's Lake Baikal is the most voluminous lake with 20% of the Earth's surface fresh water.
28 days to Earth Day! 2 locations contain 40% of all surface water: Lake Baikal & North America's Great Lakes.
27 days to Earth Day! Agriculture uses 70% of fresh water; rice uses the most/acre, cotton uses 1/2 of what rice uses.
26 days to Earth Day! It takes 37 gallons of water to produce 1 cup of coffee from the field to the cup in your hand.
25 days to Earth Day! The average American uses 100 gallons of water daily; the rest of the world averages 23.
24 days to Earth Day! Some estimate by 2025, up to 50% of the world's population could face fresh water shortages.
23 days to Earth Day! Every second, 1.5 acres of rain forest (and its oxygen and carbon processing values) are lost.
22 days to Earth Day! At the current rate of deforestation, all rainforests could be consumed in less than 40 years.
21 Days to Earth Day! Eurasia has 4.5 billion people; 70% of the worlds population; North America has 515 million and 8%.
20 Days to Earth Day! Monaco is most densely populated country @ 41,951 people per sq/mile; Mongolia is least @ 4.1 people per sq/mile.
19 Days to Earth Day! Earth has 8 Ecozones where barriers (i.e.oceans) isolated the evolution of plants and animals.
18 Days to Earth Day! US consumes 456 gallons of gasoline/capita/year which is 138.7 billion gallons of gasoline/year.
17 Days to Earth Day! 1279 federal Superfund sites (contaminated land) need cleanup; see
New Bedford Harbor. 16 Days to Earth Day! Over 500 species have become extinct in North America since the Pilgrims landed in 1620.
15 Days to Earth Day! 34 of 1,300 US species protected under the Endangered Species Act have come off the list since 1973.
14 Days to Earth Day! High numbers of Animal species on ESA list: 22 turtles, 9 wolves, 8 whales, 7 tortoises and 5 bears.
13 Days to Earth Day! We buy 50+ billion bottles of water each year and only about 20% get recycled. The rest end up in landfills and the oceans.
12 Days to Go! Due to plastic in the Pacific Gyre, The Great Garbage Patch, thought as big as Texas, has 3.5 million tons of floating trash.
11 Days to Earth Day! 90% of earthquakes take place in the Pacific Seismec Belt; when offshore, they cause a tsunami.
10 Days to Earth Day! In 2009, 61% of Europe's newly created energy capacity came from renewable sources, like wind.
9 Days to Earth Day! In 2008, U.S. wind power capacity became the largest in the world, followed by Germany, then Spain.