This year?s International Festival has a spotlight on global ecology and the importance of protecting ecosystems across the globe. Here are a few statistics to keep in mind, but beware: They?re not pretty!
Metric tons of hazardous waste generated each year in the world: 350 million
Percentage of the world?s species that exist in the tropical rainforest: 50
Percentage of plants identified by the U.S. National Cancer Institute as cancer-fighting that come from the rainforest: 70
Number of hectares of tropical rainforest that have been destroyed in the past decade: 154 million
Percentage of nationally protected area in France: 13.3
Percentage of nationally protected area in the United States: 25.9