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Facts and Figures

UK DOMESTIC WATER USAGE
Car Washing, Dripping Taps and Leakages32.5%
Flushing toilets and Waste Disposal32%
Washing, Baths and Showers17%
Washing Machines12%
Gardening and outside03%
Drinking2%

VOLUMES OF WATER USED IN UK HOMES
1 BATH = 80 LITRES OF WATER
GRAVITY SHOWER = 35 Litres per shower (3 to 5 minutes)
POWER SHOWER = 80 Litres per shower (3 to 5 minutes)
FLUSHING TOILET = 8 litres per flush new toilets
=20 litres per flush old toilets
DISHWASHER = 25 Litres per wash
WASHING MACHINE = 65 Litres per wash
WATER THE GARDEN = 540 Litres of water per session.
WASHING THE CAR
with a Bucket = 32 Litres of water (8 buckets)
with a Hose Pipe = 400 - 480 Litres of water

Scource:- UswitchUSaveUSmile 2010

20% OF THE HUMAN POPULATION OF THE WORLD DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO CLEAN DRINKING WATER]

Source: Blue Peter Book on Food and Drink

At home the average UK family of 4 uses 5 trees worth of paper every year. Over 60% of all UK household waste could be recycled 15,000,000 plastic bottles are used each day in the UK. The UK has approximately 10 to 15 years left of landfill Over 60% of school waste sent to landfill could be reused and/or recycled.

Is this a Sustainable way for us to act?

We are loosing one football pitch of primary tropical rainforest every minute and we cannot get the primary trees back.

Since the 1960's the UK has got rid of over 150,000 miles of hedges. Hedgehogs are now an endangered species.

It is reported that 26% of the Human population of the World is using 86% of the world's natural materials

There are 7,000,000,000 (7 billion) humans on the planet Earth 1,000,000,000 humans are starving

Source: United Nations

In the UK we waste/throw away 1,600,000 fresh edible bananas everyday.
In the UK we waste/throw away 1,300,000 unopened fresh yoghurts everyday.
In the UK we waste/throw away 600,000 whole fresh uncooked eggs everyday.
In the UK we waste/throw away 1,200,000 untouched fresh sausages everyday.
In the UK we waste/throw away 20,000,000 slices of bread everyday.

Is this fair? Is this right? Do we in our world think the planet (our Home) has or is an endless supply of everything?


Organisations

SUSTAINABILITY/ENVIRONMENT

Young People's Trust for the Environment
www.ypte.org
Young people's charity aiming to encourage young people's understanding of the environment and the need for sustainability.

WASTE/REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE

Recycle Zone
www.recyclezone.org.uk
Waste Watch. Fun, activities, recycler zone, FREE educational resources. Lots of information.
Recreate
www.recreatew.co.uk
Provide a range of recycled materials available for craft work and play.

GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP

Fairtrade
www.fairtrade.org.uk
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in other parts of the world.
Oxfam
www.oxfam.org.uk
Christian Aid
www.christianaid.org.uk
Free teaching ideas. (Could be adapted for pre-school settings.)
Actionaid
www.actionaid.org.uk
Free resources and downloads including Barnaby Bear in Brazil

Organisations

WATER

Water Aid
www.wateraid.org
Useful fact sheets about water, case studies of children in different countries, disease, sanitation and technology.

FOR NATURE

Woodland Trust
www.naturedetectives.org.uk
Free activity packs to download, sapling packs and a Kids Club.
RSPB Kids
www.rspb.org.uk/youth
RSPB Kids make and do, what's on near to you, play, competitions.
Grain Chain
www.grainchain.org
Games resources, videos, free downloads, competitions, things to make and do for school and the family.
Tree Council
www.treecouncil.org
Information on trees and tree conservation. Information can be adapted for all ages.
Common Grounds
www.commongrounds.org.uk
Supporting local diversity across the UK

TRANSPORT/TRAVEL

National Bike Week
www.bikeweek.org.uk
Bike week events offer something for everyone and all ages. Schools, Families, companies, and groups. From those who are serious about cycling to those who have never cycled before.
Walk to School
www.walktoschool.org.uk
Ideas and suggestions to encourage and promote walking to school not only by the children but staff and parents.
Brake
www.brake.org.uk
Road Safety Charity with free downloads and factsheets.