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Celebrate Earth Day 2009

2009 April 22

About the author: Lisa Jackson is the EPA Administrator

image of Administrator Jackspon standing next to a child on a bikeToday, we’re celebrating the biggest Earth Day in history. One billion people – almost one in every six people on the planet – will stand up to show that protecting the Earth and those who live on it is our responsibility. How amazing is that?

This Earth Day, EPA is on the job, and working hard to protect human health and the environment. But we need your help.

Our web folks have updated our EPA page with a special Earth Day Pick 5 for the Environment Project. We provide 10 activities. You pick 5 and commit to doing them.

Once you get started on your Pick 5, you can share your stories in Facebook, photos on Flickr, and videos on YouTube. We’ll also have special blog posts here in Greenversations where you can talk about how you’re doing and help each other.

This is a defining moment. Some of the best opportunities we’ll ever have to make a change and save our planet are happening right now. The actions we take – or don’t take – are going to affect what happens today and for generations to come. That is our reality right now. But, there is plenty we can do.

We really can show that environmental protection and economic growth work hand in hand. We don’t have to choose between a strong economy and a clean environment, we just have to be smart enough to work for both. That will open the way to millions of green jobs in a low-carbon economy.

We really can lead the world in clean, homegrown energy sources, cutting emissions in the air, lowering energy costs for families, businesses and government, and ending, once and for all, our dependence on foreign oil. It’s a way to make the world not only cleaner but safer.

And we really can stop the rapid advance of climate change. We should be responsible enough to leave the world a better place for our children and grandchildren. But it takes a commitment from all of us.

Grow the economy. Strengthen our national security. Save our planet in the bargain. It sounds ambitious – because it is. But it’s a future that’s within our sights.  All we have to do is help each other to get there.

Okay I have to plug our project one more time. Visit to join our Pick 5 for the Environment Project and be part of the one billion people taking action this Earth Day.

We can do more to protect our communities and our planet than ever before. It’s up to you.

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13 Responses leave one →
  1. Vince permalink
    April 22, 2009

    Hey Lisa, this is such a great idea, and being able to share on other sites is very innovative. Earth Day should be everyday, it is good that there is at least one day to spread awareness. Here are some suggestions on what you can do to help the Earth:, you can add your own suggestions.

  2. Kent Mollohan permalink
    April 22, 2009

    I’ve joined the Alternative Energy Resources Organization (AERO), will co-chair an Energy Conservation Club in town for them, looking for a VISTA support contract to promote AERO’s “blueprint” for Montana in all of our large cities (an maybe some small ones, too), am practicing the five chosen energy conservation selections, and urge all to think about the future of this planet and the life thereon. We can do better, folks.

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  4. cloris permalink
    December 23, 2009

    Hi there! I’m very interested to know more about World Earth Day. I have a question – Does the Earth Day for every year around the world has one fixed theme or we can consider our own theme for this day?

  5. robert permalink
    February 3, 2010

    Picking up trash, turning off most of the things in my house, planting flowers and trees in my yard.

  6. Serelax permalink
    July 7, 2010

    Thanks for such a nice blog post….i was searching for something like that

  7. Serelax permalink
    July 7, 2010

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    July 13, 2010

    One billion people! Wow, hopefully by 2019 we’ll have 2 or 3 billion standing up…that would be truly amazing!

  9. PhiliHuang permalink
    September 22, 2010

    I’m the first time to hear about the earth day. But I’m very interested the energy saving for earth.
    Government should provide more bonus on replacement of energy saving products. Such as solar system, Wind turbine, heat pump.
    Economical method is the best way to encourage people to pay attention to the energy saving.

  10. PhiliHuang permalink
    September 22, 2010

    Government should provide more bonus on replacement of energy saving products. Such as solar system, Wind turbine, heat pumps.
    Economical method is the best way to encourage people to pay attention to the energy saving.

  11. virectin permalink
    May 27, 2011

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    Best of luck and thanks for sharing this information.

  12. Ageless Male permalink
    December 6, 2011

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  13. August 13, 2012

    Is this and ongoing program?

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