#75 Cosmetics Are you aware that there are thousands of chemicals used in cosmetics and beauty care products? Or that there are zero laws on the books regulating chemical use in cosmetics? The global cosmetic industry will reach 863 billion dollars by 2023. Many of
#74 Waste Management Every person on the planet creates some form of municipal waste. Whether it is food, electronic, paper, or plastic, waste has become a major environmental issue. Are you aware that waste volumes are expected to grow from 1.3 billion tons to 2.2
#73 Offshore Oil Drilling Did you know that over 195 million gallons of oil and gas are spilled into the oceans every year? Or, that our current administration has proposed a plan to open up 90% of Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, and Arctic to
#72 Methane Emissions Did you know that methane is 28 times more powerful at warming the planet than carbon dioxide? Or, that since the Industrial Revolution methane concentrations in the atmosphere have more than doubled? Methane gas, though not as widely talked about as carbon
#71 Pesticides Are you aware that over 1 billion pounds of pesticides are applied in the US every year? Pesticides are wreaking havoc on our environment. From insecticides to plant growth regulators - pesticides are toxifying and changing the structure of the planets delicate ecosystems.
#70 Soil Contamination Are you aware that it can take 500 to 1000 years to form 1 inch of soil? Or, that if present rates of degradation and contamination continue, all of the world's topsoil could be lost by 2075? Soil is critical to life.
#69 Overpopulation Are you aware that the current population of the planet exceeds 7.7 billion people? Or, that scientists estimate that the earth can only support 9 and 10 billion people? Due to the population growth of the last 100 years, the planet's natural resources
#68 Military Pollution Are you aware that the Pentagon is the largest institutional user of petroleum products and energy, but is exempt in all international climate agreements? Therefore - none of the greenhouse gas emissions released by the military are counted against our carbon emission
#67 Monocropping Did you know that the Earth's soil is depleting at more than 13% the rate it can be replaced? With industrial agriculture growing the majority of all food worldwide - monocropping has become the new standard of farming. Monocropping is extremely detrimental to
#66 Sunscreen Pollution Sunscreen protects us from ultraviolet rays from the sun, but at what cost? It has been shown that sunscreen effects marine and plant life, as well as causes coral bleaching. If you live by the ocean or have ever gone on vacation