The Facts on Trash
We all know that trash, especially plastic waste, is a big world problem right now. To put some numbers to it, each year the worlds’ nations generate 1.3 billion tons of solid waste. That amounts to 1.2 kilograms (2.64 pounds) per person per day.
According to The World Bank, “With rapid population growth and urbanization, municipal waste generation is expected to rise to 2.2 billion tonnes by 2025.”
Considering that more than half the world’s population does not have access to regular trash collection or management, the environmental pollution and health problems associated with the toxicity of trash will also rise.
In terms of economy, trash is a financial burden, requiring cities to spend 20% to 50% of their budgets on waste management.
And can you guess who generates the most waste? The United States. Followed by China, Brazil, Japan, and Germany.
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For the next few months, we're celebrating great women in science, so let's start by highlighting famous and not-so-famous (yet!) women doing impressive work in conservation science.
Why? To show all aspiring young girls that you, too, can do great good in the world through science. That without these women, the world would be a poorer place. And that with more women in science, there is more opportunity for creativity, invention, and progress.
It's part of our larger #STEM4Good campaign. We hope you'll share our campaign and help us engage more girls in science this year.
Sylvia Earle is an American oceanographer and explorer on the level of Jacques Cousteau. She is known for her research on marine algae, as a pioneer of the use of SCUBA gear, and as a life-long conservation leader, who also happened to hold the world record... Read More
From the central highlands of Quito, across the Andes Mountains, down into Ecuador's Amazon basin, a group of teen volunteers from Oakland, California, ventured into the heart of South America. They traveled with a purpose: to experience the fascinating reality of being a field scientist and see if they have what it takes to be one.
These young leaders make up a group at the Oakland Zoo called Teen Wild Guides that dedicates its time to teaching the public about animals and conservation. Each summer, the group chooses a program to get involved in, looking to have fun but also to advance their educational and career pursuits.
While educating the public and shadowing keepers at the zoo can be educational, the teens needed to take a bigger leap into conservation and wanted to experience the process of doing research in the field on wild animals -... Read More