Let’s Stay Together—For the Earth’s Sake

OnEarthCover.jpgForget the kids. Couples need to stay together to save the planet. According to the spring issue of On Earth:

“Researchers at Michigan State University have found that between 2001 and 2005, divorced households in the United States used 61 percent more land, 42 percent more water, and 53 percent more energy per person than married households.

“If divorced households had stayed together, the country would have saved 73 billion kilowatt hours of electricity and 627 billion gallons of water in 2005 alone.”

I don’t know about you, but my mind has become numb to these kinds of Sagan-esque statistics, even when I care about the subject. We all need to work harder to put numbers like these into some meaningful context.

I did learn one thing, though: Married people must shower together a lot more than I thought.