Earth Facts for Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! Just for fun, here are a few facts about the planet we all call home & how we are using it...

  • The Earth isn't round! It's technically an oblate spheroid. Basically that means it’s slightly flattened on the top and bottom poles. (source)
  • Earth means "the ground." This name, which comes from an English/German word, has been used to describe our planet for at least 1,000 years. (source)
  • You are one in 7 billion. The Earth's population is estimated at 7,078,000,000. (source)
  • Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970. (source
  • Energy saved from recycling one glass bottle is enough to keep a lightbulb lit or four hours. (source)
  • The average American uses between 80 and 100 gallons of water a day. (source)

Photo of kids sweeping Union Square as a part of the first Earth Day celebration via National Geographic.

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