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Friday! A Moment to Reflect

2011 December 9

By Jeanethe Falvey

It’s time to catch my breath and begin an archaeological dig to find my desk again. Utterly astounding what happens to it, even protected from the natural events that douse, drench and sock Boston this time of year.

As I recycle used post-its and make a fresh to-do list, I find myself excited about the past week. Two of our biggest green programs; Pick 5 and State of the Environment continue to grow in interest as we head into 2012. Nothing excites me more than when you join in and help us spread environmental awareness and action!

Together, we surpassed a milestone this week: over 40,000 acts of green have been pledged through our voluntary Pick 5 program. Over 8,000 of you have signed up to do at least 5 things for our shared environment. Take a look for yourself! 8,000 may not sound like many, but it’s remarkable to see the reach of the program worldwide.

What if every participant had a friend or family member do the same? What if more connections were made across oceans and continents, to share ideas? Say, how someone in Botswana protects their environment, compared to what we do here in Boston? Pick 5 has always been about learning and sharing the small, different things we can do to leave our place on Earth a little greener.

In that spirit, each week I’ll be talking about a particular Pick 5 action and asking for your ideas! Share what you’re doing either as a comment here below or on our Facebook page, and I’ll also share what you told me in a following post.

So check back each Friday for Pick 5 or State of the Environment updates, if for no other reason than a little good news at the end of your work week. I’d also like to hear from you on how we can expand either program – I may just feature your idea!

Lastly, I’ll leave you with a little game: who can be the first to find the Documerica photographer who joined in with State of the Environment? He last shared photos with EPA in 1973 to help document our way of life and environment then, what a perfect time to reflect on that.

About the author: Jeanethe Falvey, U.S. EPA Office of External Affairs Pick 5 and State of the Environment project lead, based in damp and chilly Boston, Massachusetts.

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8 Responses leave one →
  1. Lina-EPA permalink*
    December 9, 2011

    That’s fantastic! Hope more people continue picking 5 for the environment!

  2. Anonymous permalink
    December 9, 2011

    Thanks Lina!

  3. Arman permalink
    December 10, 2011

    Cry Baby : Destiny…..!

    The people, everywhere, must be read this exclusive post, who the author cries how to feel the sense of responsibility. She knows herself but she probably doubts to the audiences maybe we don’t know about her interest in save the earth thinking. She invites us, before she’s gone, to maintain our goal : “Protecting Environmental!”. Ya, she is genius……

  4. lauro permalink
    December 10, 2011

    aqui no sul do brasil,tambem estamos contribuindo.

  5. Lina-EPA permalink
    December 12, 2011

    Obrigada. Esperamos que no Brasil continuen contribuyendo al meioambiente.

  6. Jeanethe Falvey permalink
    December 12, 2011


  7. Richard Cross permalink
    December 12, 2011

    The answer to your game would be Tom Hubbard, the Zebra picture.

  8. Jeanethe Falvey permalink
    December 13, 2011

    Congratulations! You are correct!

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