World Environment Day 2023: 10 interesting facts about the environment that may surprise you

World Environment Day 2023: This year will mark the 50th anniversary of World Environment Day, using the hashtag and slogan #BeatPlasticPollution.

The world renowned day of environmental action is here and preparations for the celebrations are in full swing. Every year, World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5 all over the world to raise awareness about the importance of the environment, its conservation and the dangers to it. This special occasion is run by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), and has been held annually since 1973, it has become the largest global platform for environmental outreach. This year will mark the 50th anniversary of World Environment Day, using the hashtag and slogan #BeatPlasticPollution. As this special occasion is here, we bring you some amazing nature and environment facts that you should know about.

World Environment Day 2023: facts about the environment

1. The world has more than 3.04 trillion trees in the world. Yet 27,000 of them are cut daily to make toilet paper. This translates to around 9.8 million trees a year.

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2. About 71% of the earth is water. The oceans contain about 96.5% of this water and the polar caps contain about 2%.

3. Seventy-eight percent of marine mammals are at risk of being accidentally killed, such as getting caught in fishing nets.

4. Plastic bags and other plastic debris that end up in the ocean kill more than 1,000,000 marine animals each year.

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5. Fungi play a protective role in the environment. From digesting minerals from rock formations to consuming fossil fuel spills to removing radiation from the environment, fungi have an essential role to play in conserving the environment.

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6. Recycling aluminum can save enough energy to run a TV for three hours.

7. One of the best ways to reduce single-use bags, both paper and plastic, is to switch to reusable ones.

8. A glass bottle can take over a million years to break down in the environment, possibly even longer if it’s in a landfill.

9. The Great Basin bristlecone pine (Pinus Longaeva) has been considered the oldest extant tree, reaching an age of more than 5,000 years.

10. Paper comes from trees and can be recycled a maximum of six times, after which its fibers become too weak to hold together.

11. Ocean thermal energy is a new technology that produces energy by taking advantage of the different temperatures between the depths of the ocean and the ocean surface.

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