How Much Do We Harm The Earth Shown In Numbers

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It’s always interesting when we see things that are shown to us with numbers. With facts. In this article you are going to see a lot of numbers. How much plastic bags have been produced this year?  How many tons of waste dumped this year? Well, these are only two of the things we are going to tell you that harm the earth, as there will be more. 

How Much Do We Harm The Earth Shown In Numbers
Smokestack Pollution

What is being done to earth is beyond imaginable. All the plastic being produced and then thrown away in our oceans, the gas emissions, forests cut down, and lots of other things are slowly destroying our home. We need to start acting as soon as possible (e.g reducing our plastic footprint) if we want a better future for our next generations. Below you can see some of the things we are doing to the earth in numbers.

Plastic Bags

Plastic bags are one of the most used things in the world. This year, until this day there have been.

In numbers: 2,994,597,635,343 (2.9 Trillion) plastic bags produced. 

Plastic Waste Dumped In Oceans

Every single minute one garbage truck of plastic is dumped into our oceans. By 2030, it will be two trucks and by 2050, there will be four.

In numbers: 7,605,385 (7 Million) tons of plastic waste dumped in oceans this year.

Waste Dumped

By waste, we mean construction waste, industrial waste, plastic waste, electronic waste, etc.

In numbers: This year 1,269,305,483 (1.2 Billion) tons of waste were dumped globally.

Hazardous Waste

Around 60kg of hazardous waste is generated every year for every single person in the world.

In numbers: 239,493,419 (293 Million) tons of hazardous waste thrown out globally this year.

Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Great Pacific garbage patch, also described as the Pacific trash vortex, is a gyre of marine debris particles in the north-central Pacific Ocean.

In numbers: 2,015,570.525 (2 Million) square kilometers.

Resources Extracted From Earth

These things include water (seas and freshwater), land, soils, rocks, forests (vegetation), animals (including fish), fossil fuels, and minerals.

In numbers: 53,048,661,141 (53 Billion) tons of resources extracted from Earth this year.

Number Of Planet Earths We Need

To provide resources and absorb our waste we need more than just one earth.

In numbers: 1.7 is the number of Earths we need.

Food Lost Or Wasted

Food is delicious. Everyone loves it. But why do we throw away so much of our food? We’ve become used to this habit of wasting food and do it without thinking further.

In numbers: 778,393,219 (778 Million) tons of food lost or wasted globally this year.

Forests Cut Down Or Burned

Our forests are being cut really fast. Since 2016 the number of hectares being cut down got up really fast.

In numbers: 16,747,688.74 (16 Million) hectares of forests cut down or burned this year globally.

Area Being Degraded

Desertification is defined as the persistent degradation of land ecosystems by human activities such as unsustainable farming, mining, overgrazing, cutting down forests, and climate change.

In numbers: 2,502,889.16 (2.5 Million) square kilometers of land area being degraded this year.

People In Need Of Water

You and I have access to endless water, but a lot of people don’t. That’s why we need to appreciate water more and save it as much as we can.

In numbers: 2,556,671,915 (2.5 Billion) people in need of water right now.

Coral Reefs

Coral reefs provide an important ecosystem for life underwater, protect coastal areas by reducing the power of waves hitting the coast, and provide a crucial source of income for millions of people. Coral reefs teem with diverse life. Thousands of species can be found living on one reef.

In numbers: 47.5 percent coral reefs left right now.


Since 1800, global emissions of carbon dioxide have increased constantly. CO2-emissions are mostly a result of burning fossil fuels.

In numbers: 2,580,983,422 (2.5 Billion) Tons of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere.

Melted Ice

Every single second 24,000 tons of melting water are being added to the world’s oceans. The main sources of melting ice are Greenland ice sheets, Antarctic ice sheets, and glaciers.

In numbers: 447,930,378,678 (447 Billion) tons of melted ice this year globally.

Rise In Sea Levels

Globally, average sea levels have risen about 24 centimeters since 1900. About a third of the increase has taken place in the last 25 years.

In numbers: 24.718 cm, right now.

World Average Temperature

Global temperatures have increased by 0.9 degrees Celsius since 1880 with over two-thirds of the increase happening in the last 50 years.

In numbers: 14.891 °C right now.

This article was written on August 6, 2020 which means that the numbers are continuously rising.

All these statistics and numbers are from The World Counts.


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