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It’s (almost) Earth Day!

2011 April 13

By Deb Berlin

Around the country, for the next two weeks, there are festivals, celebrations, environmental cleanups, lectures, meditations, pilgrimages, tree plantings, cell phone recycling events, and an unbelievable array of ways to honor and appreciate the earth that sustains us. We’ve collected a few here and encourage you to celebrate the earth and the environment in your own way.

Here at EPA, every day is literally Earth Day, and at this time of year we have the opportunity to showcase some of the helpful, world-class and unexpected things that we do to protect you at home, at school, at work, and in your community. EPA Earth Day on the National Mall takes place this weekend, April 16-17. It features dozens of exhibits, activities, and short films in a large tent, rain or shine (hint: wear boots). Here’s a preview of my favorites: the mock environmental crime scene with our investigators collecting forensic evidence — the lung capacity challenge that plots a graph (I’m at the bottom, yikes…) — the roving “Slim Bin” recycling character — and the eyebrow raising database that shows how close your house is to a Superfund site!

The kids that have visited EPA and our events have demonstrated a sensitivity, intuition and knowledge about air, water and land that continues to astound me. One of the most interesting conversations I’ve had about the perils of climate change was with my ten-year-old nephew. So this year on the National Mall we’ve added cultural activities to further engage kids:

  • Saturday is “Earth Tales” story time with the Library of Congress, featuring storytellers EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, Marcus McNeill of the San Diego Chargers, Madieu Williams of the Minnesota Vikings, and Olympic Track Star Michael Walton.
  • On Sunday, “Bash the Trash” helps kids construct and play musical instruments from water bottles & Earth’s Natural Force kid rappers perform. All weekend long kids and adults can draw and mail “Eco Art” postcards thanks to Post Office and their on-site mailman.

Whatever you do, wherever you are, take a moment to appreciate the life-sustaining environment that is normally in the background of your daily existence, making it possible. Earth Day is for everyone, Earth Day is for you.

About the author: Deb Berlin works in the Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education on strategic communications, and runs Earth Day for EPA.

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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8 Responses leave one →
  1. armansyahardanis permalink
    April 13, 2011

    The Earth Day : To Arrange Myself…..

    I close my eyes and thinking the meaning of the earth. Here, far from National Mall, is also the earth. Antarctic in South Pole is also the earth. Wow, the earth is the biggest, widest, and richest. I am crying for the moment, promise, and say slowly: The Breath of Earth Day will spread around the world and touch in anything…..

  2. Timmy permalink
    April 13, 2011

    I think it’s important that awareness about our environment and the need to protect it should be made when they are young so they have a sense of responsibility when they make decisions in the future!


  3. shandana permalink
    April 14, 2011

    i think we should teach the kids to love the earth and make them understand that we get every thing from earth from food to clothing and shelter so we should love it from more then any thing.

  4. Carrie permalink
    April 15, 2011

    With Earth Day approaching rapidly, it is definitely a great time be thinking about what each of us can do to help upkeep our Earth best we can. Dr. Alley, of Penn State University, has been studying the effects of pollution and the idea of climate change here on Earth. I thought some of you might be interested in some of these videos and interviews with the renowned scientist. Here’s the link:
    Take care.

  5. Jennifer permalink
    April 15, 2011

    We definitely have to preserve our environment. I have just watched this video about the Amazon It is scary to see how much we should do with so little means. Let’s work on it for our future!

  6. gulveer permalink
    April 20, 2011

    save trees
    save power
    save paper
    save future

  7. Oscar|Como Adelgazar con Dietas permalink
    September 8, 2012

    i think we should teach the kids to love the earth and make them understand that we get every thing from earth from food to clothing and shelter so we should love it from more then any thing.

  8. Elena Katia permalink
    November 14, 2012

    Me gustaría darle las gracias por los esfuerzos que han hecho al escribir este post. De hecho, sus habilidades de escritura creativa me ha inspirado para iniciar mi propio blog Dietas De Perder

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