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Pick 5: Spread the Word!

2010 January 14

Hey Pick 5’ers, it’s time again for you to share what you’ve done and how you did it. If you haven’t done it yet, Pick 5 for the Environment and then come back to comment. Today we cover action #10: Spread the word! Please share your stories as comments below.

Over the past several months I’ve done a series of Pick 5 blogs. I’ve shared with you my “Pick 5 experiences” and have encouraged you to commit to environmental action. It has been a great experience making changes in my life to benefit the environment. I’ve learned so much that I’ve wanted to share with you.

I’ve also spoken to kids of all ages about “Pick 5 for the Environment.” My neighbor’s five-year-old son asked me, “what do you mean, Pick 5 for the Environment?” I explained to him some simple steps he could take to help the environment. He was thrilled! He said, “you mean I should recycle instead of throwing everything in the kitchen trash can?” I explained to him why recycling’s important. After a couple of weeks went by, my neighbor said “I can’t believe how serious he is about this!” She said he went to school and told his teacher and friends that they are ruining the earth by throwing trash in the trash can, and that they need to recycle. Now his teacher has recycling bins in the class room. By spreading the word about the environment, you never know how far it will go. Tell a few friends to Pick 5; if they each tell their friends, in no time at all there’ll be thousands of Pick 5’ers. So spread the word!

Don’t hesitate to share your other Pick 5 tips on how you save water , commute without polluting, save electricity , reduce, reuse, recycle , test your home for radon , how do you check your local air quality, use chemicals safely , eCycle, and enjoy the outdoors safely!

Note: to ward off advertisers using our blog as a platform, we don’t allow specific product endorsements.  But feel free to suggest Web sites that review products, suggest types of products, and share your experiences using them!

About the author: Denise Owens has worked at EPA for over twenty years. She is currently working in the Office of Public Affairs in Washington, DC

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed here are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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16 Responses leave one →
  1. Michael E. Bailey permalink
    January 15, 2010

    I belong to an organization called People First, California. It is an organization for disabled persons and I am a member of the Orange County Chapter. We have a community enclusion project that has been going on since 2006 on the care of Oso Creek and the Oso Creek Trail. We have gotten the city to launch an aggressive litter control program on the trail that has brought the level of general litter down greatly sometimes almost to none. A project to bring attention to the problem of cigarette butts on the trail has been successful. The County has been running a grocery cart patrol for the past year to find and remove abandoned grocery carts from the creek waters, the creek bank,the trail path, and the hills above the path, this has also been very successful. And we have gotten the water district to replace 3 sewer manholes, some pipeline, and a rusted out sewer connection. We have been able to get shopping center and store managements to remove graffiti that was put on the backs of their stores that overlook the trail and the city takes graffiti off city property no later than 24 hours after it has been reported. Lastly, we have also gotton the local phone company to permanently repair a conduit line they had under an overpass bridge that drained water into the creek all the time. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

  2. Al Bannet permalink
    January 15, 2010

    That’s wonderful work you and your neighbors are doing, but can you imagine a society where 100% recycling is the common proceedure in every neighborhood across the nation and around the World? Otherwise whatever you do will be confounded by thousands of other community situations where nothing can be done locally because thousands of tons are involved, as in the growing mountains of landfill and the tons of trash dumped in the ocean. While you and your friends work to protect your favorite campsite or hiking trail, the rest of our growing human population follows along with “business as usual” to ignore the progress of their own ecocidal destruction.

    To prevent that otherwise inevitable outcome, we need a globally recognized and locally enforced policy of 100% recycling of all waste and garbage and reduction of the peaceful reduction of the human population. But the EPA refuses even to talk about it, let alone do anything. That is because they are managed by a political arrangement where whatever seems good for business is good for the people, regardless of all evidence to the contrary. President Obama bravely demands the bailed out corporations repay “every last penny”, but meanwhile the garbage piles up, the growing number of coal-fired power plants and jet planes pump out growing tons of air pollution and the Earth slowly degenerates around us because, as a slowly shrinking biosphere, it has a limited tolerance for toxic intrusion.

  3. Al Bannet permalink
    January 15, 2010

    OOPS! Because of the time constraint, I have to rush through editing, and mistakes are almost inevitable. The phrase “…. reduction of the peaceful reduction of the human population….” contradicts itself. Sorry.

  4. Charles permalink
    January 29, 2010

    Imagine all the people Picking 5 for today…

  5. M Patterson permalink
    March 3, 2010

    After reading about the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” I vowed to reduce my use of plastics this year. I always make a point of bragging at the cash register that I have not accepted a single plastic shopping bag all year and how tacky they look as I load my goods into my stylish cloth shopping bags. In a small town, word spreads fast and I heard someone in the line ahead of me telling the clerk how ugly plastic bags are. Just a ripple.

  6. tricia permalink
    March 15, 2010

    Assess and evaluate your use of pesticides and seek an alternative, the ramifications would be enormous FOR YOURSELF, OUR WATER, OUR ENVIRONMENT, OUR HEALTH etc. Call corporations that use excessive plastic in their packaging and advise them you will no longer buy their product. Hit them in their bottom line and they will listen.

  7. Charles permalink
    April 7, 2010

    We go right to the audience… We provide training and testing for recyclers, and one thing we’ve learned is that some companies like the training part but really want to avoid their people getting tested. We aren’t sure why, the tests are really only to help them reinforce the methods for recycling. So to get the companies to agree to let their people take test, we go right to the audience – we hit them in the test-ees and spread the word that way! It never fails.

  8. Ashley Greeno permalink
    April 21, 2010

    I chose to “share my commitment on a social networking site” because my husband and I are JUST getting into bloggingn and have decided to make the focus be on encouraging others to “go green” and to give creative/affordable ways to do so :) I’m excited about this site!

  9. Paul Ladda permalink
    April 22, 2010

    Cut one tree, plant five trees. Reduceor eliminate the use of pesticides, instead use manure.

  10. Paul Ladda permalink
    April 22, 2010

    I’m a Green member since 1996. While in Tanzania in 1996 I managed to plant more than 20 hecters of different species of trees. I conducted seminars, workshops to different group of people, and started seedlings at my headquarter( Gula Parish). I have written proposals on Environmental conservation looking for Grants in order to encourage people to preserve the environment by planting more trees. Please care for the world God had created and it will be a good home to live.

  11. Marzena Ziembicka permalink
    May 3, 2010

    As an owner of cleaning service I switched the regular toxic cleaning products to green ones. It is better for the earth and for the health. Also I’m trying to reduce use of paper towels by using rugs and fiber cloths.
    At my own home I gave up paper napkins and replace them with cotton once.
    I’m using a cloth shopping bags, but if I don’t remember bring one I reuse plastic once while walking a dog;))
    And recently I purchased reusable cotton rounds which are very, very soft. And they don’t go to land field.

  12. Jay Stevens permalink
    September 14, 2010

    I am so glad to hear that so many people are going green. We are a construction company and we are filling out all the necessary paperwork to go green in all aspects of our work. Glad to hear that others are doing the same.



  13. Joyce Williams Graves permalink
    January 18, 2011

    I recently was married to my best friend. However, I didn’t realized how much he was into recycling various products, like plastic bottles, newspapers and soda cans until after our marriage. Anyway, we both understand that it so much better when you do your part to help make the world a little better. To help in the “Going Green” initiative, we have purchased energy light bulbs, automated our home thermostat when we aren’t at home, and we buy in bulk most of our food products, which helps with excess packaging. At work, I print my work on both sides of the paper. Oh, there are many other things we do to recycle our products. So, I’m happy that Glen and I are trying to do our part in the “Going Green” project. I will continue to spread the word!!!

  14. Thomas Berry permalink
    April 24, 2011

    I think what the EPA does is great. The short list of just picking 5 things to do really helps set smart goals for someone that are achievable. Although there are options like get solar power or start an event which takes a lot of time and effort, almost 90% of the options were very easy to implement and follow through with.

  15. Marianne permalink
    March 24, 2013

    The Pick 5 project is a very useful, and focused method to engage people to think about simple steps that make a difference for a more sustainable future for all.
    The Ballybunion-North Kerry Environmental Forum is a voluntary association committed to raise awareness and educate the local community on sustainable development, coastal erosion, sustainable towns and villages, climate change issues and habitat and biodiversity loss.

  16. Gabriela Leon permalink
    April 20, 2013

    I have been committed to use and not abuse our resources for the past 12 years at least. I recycle plastic, glass, aluminum, etc. I stopped washing my car too often and when I do, I try to use 1 bucket of water only. I have educated my children to be aware regarding our depleted resources and care for the environment. We walk and bike as often as we can; we use public transportation when possible to save in gas and create less pollution. I have planted trees in front of my house to keep it cool and avoid buying an A/C unit and my recent, ongoing project is converting my front lawn from a useless, water consuming turf into a nice, native plants and flowers minimalist garden, in a bigger effort to reduce our water consumption and waste. I love my planet and want to do any little thing possible to help save it for our children’s sake!

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