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From Botswana to Brazil

2011 December 16

by Jeanethe Falvey

Last Friday, I wrote to you all to say we would be reporting out and helping to share your ideas about the simple ways we can all help our environment. With 8,028 sign ups now around the world, I’ll first share a little international tidbit. One of the comments left last week was a kind note from ‘Lauro’ in Brazil saying that they were also doing their part.


I typed Brazil in our Map of Action and sure enough a few green spots appeared!

I encourage you to type in a country, a city, maybe your own zip code in that search bar and see where the green shows up. It’s fun to see where the action is, probably in some places you might not expect! Comment below with your most unexpected find, I’m curious to hear what surprises you. It certainly made me think about who I knew overseas that I could share Pick 5 with.

Now it’s your turn to share. This time of year is filled with holiday markets, festivities, and gatherings of friends, families, and communities. Pick 5 choice number 1 under ‘Advocacy’ encourages you to participate in an environmental festival or event. In that ribbon of thought, let’s see what you have for ideas about how to make a community festival to a small holiday party, a greener event.

While the celebrations aren’t necessarily focused on the environment, there may be elements of it that are, or could be if you speak up. Share your ideas below, whether they are original or observed! Maybe you noticed more green than ever during a recent holiday fair, or craft market. If that’s so, tell us! For those of you planning events, what are some helpful tips our readers can share about running a more successful and sustainable gathering?

Events and ideas large or small, share your stories with us. We’ll help you spread the word and the green!

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

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7 Responses leave one →
  1. Arman permalink
    December 16, 2011

    Largest Contribute To Multipurpose.-

    Interesting comprehensive concepts of Green Habitual. Practical, easy and global. However, this invent very difficult at the beginning.
    Congratulations, Jeanethe….. And Good Luck!

  2. lauro vasconcellos permalink
    December 16, 2011

    gostaria de atualizar,meu local de ações.
    estou realizando minhas ações no centro do estado do rio grande do sul, proximidades da cidade de santa maria Brasil.
    e continuo sim com pequenas e solitárias ações mais que com certeza por menor que seja,fazem uma grande diferença.
    Uma boa noticia do Brasil,estamos quase completando a meta de proteção ambiental, que era prevista para até 2020,isto muito me orgulha.
    Att; lauro vasconcellos.

  3. Jeanethe Falvey permalink
    December 16, 2011

    Thank you Arman, for reading and sharing your thoughts!

  4. Ted permalink
    December 17, 2011

    Hi Jeanethe , you are very right about setting up this site where people interested in green movement can join together and share they thoughts about how and what we are can do change our life to better and greener.What we are have in Ireland , where I leave at the moment, we are get two years ego started collecting the waist of paper and plastic in separate begs which then collected on particular days buy the recycling company. It maybe not sounds like know how but it made in whole Dublin and maybe in other parts of Ireland so you are can imaging if the all country’s will follow this way, we are will reduce the amount of waist significantly. Thanks .
    All the best :)

  5. [ milla] permalink
    December 18, 2011

    i agree with arman

  6. Jeanethe permalink
    December 19, 2011

    Hi Ted,

    Thank you so very much for sharing what’s happening where you live in Ireland!

    In Somerville, Massachusetts where I live just outside of Boston, they recently began ‘single stream’ recycling, where a single bin collects all accepted recyclables. Plastic bags are not one of those accepted items, so my housemates and I collect those separately and bring them to grocery stores that offer to recycle them.

    Thanks again for reading!



  7. jhonson permalink
    December 20, 2011

    The concept is great. But in practically it should be done.

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