National Paper Bag Day
According to the Earth Eclipse website, Plastic can take up to 2000 years to completely decompose. Plastic bags kill about 100,000 animals annually. Many animals, including whales, dolphins, turtles and penguins ingest plastic bags as they mistake them as food. For example, sea turtles mistake floating plastic shopping bags for jellyfish. In addition, production of plastic takes 60-100 million barrels of oil from the world’s petroleum reserves. National Paper Bag Day was created to encourage people to use paper rather than plastic bags.
World Population Day
World Population Day was created in 1987 by the United Nations to focus awareness on the growth of people living on the planet. In 1000 AD, the world population was only 400 million. It first reached 1 billion in 1804 and 3 billion by 1960. It only took 40 years — by 2000 — for the population to double to 6 billion. Every second of every day, 4.2 people are born and 1.8 people die. It’s expected that by 2050, nearly 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. India stands second in the population chart. It is expected that India will surpass China by 2025/2030 in population growth which is projected to be 1.65 billion. About 1.8 billion people around the world are between the ages of 10 and 24, which is the largest population of young people ever. About 52% of the total world population is under 30 years old.
Today’s Birthdays of Note….
Yul Brynner – Actor – born in Vladivostok, Russia
John Quincy Adams – 6th President of U.S. – born in Braintree, Massachusetts