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Make your mark for Earth Day

2012 March 30

Jeanethe Falvey

Earth Day is April 22, so help make history with Environment in a Day!

Where will your Earth Day defining moment be? In Iowa? American Samoa or Rhode Island? Idaho? Wherever it is, we want to see it! Tell your friends, your family, shout it out through Facebook. This is your chance to share what Earth Day 2012 looks like where you are. One photo from each U.S. state and territory will be featured on a map and image of the moment.


Starting the day before and for the following week, EPA’s State of the Environment Flickr project will be taking only one submission from each Flickr member that participates. That means, give it your best shot! To be featured your photo has to be taken on 4.22.12. We’ll be checking the date, so no being sneaky. Besides, where’s the fun in that? You’ll already be out enjoying the glorious day where you and your fellow humans celebrate and take steps to better protect our environment. Take just a moment to share in a picture what the day means to you.

I should also mention a little secret. To be featured, you’ll have a limb up if your photo is cool and creative and that happens by simply having fun!

Will someone on the Maine coast capture the first U.S. sunrise of the day? Who could get the final sunset? Will you be leaping for joy, cleaning up litter by the masses, or hugging (gently) that newly planted tree?

Celebrating outside the U.S.? Fear not! It’s a happy globe day for all Earthlings of course and we haven’t forgotten about you. We invite you to still take part in the project. State of the Environment started out and always will be about the global picture of our single, shared, collective environment. Submit your view of the day too as we’ll continue to feature photos throughout the year and there just might be some kudos in store for you.

Now go on, be sure to spread the word. The last thing we would all want is an empty zone on the map.

EPA’s State of the Environment Group on Flickr

About the author: Jeanethe Falvey writes from EPA’s Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education, as the project-lead for Pick 5 and the State of the Environment, two projects geared towards learning, sharing and gaining a greater collective connection to our environment.

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  1. kiyohisa tanada permalink
    March 30, 2012

    I went to “the West Coast” for a trip more than 20 years ago.
    “Yosemite” “Grand Canyon” “sunset of Las Vegas”
    The size of the American scale realizes “the earth”.

    Having been impressed most
    In the Grand Canyon “a lady of the white hair ,”
    It is to have claimed, “I take a photograph” in English desperately.
    I trust it, and hand “a camera”,
    She pressed the shutter.
    With me whom I trusted “a camera” and handed afterwards,
    “The lady” who cut a shutter according to the promise,
    Be impressed by that I was able to believe in as a person
    Having done “a handshake” while shedding tears each other,
    Whenever I watch “the Grand Canyon”
    I remember it.
    This is my impression.

  2. Arman.- permalink
    March 30, 2012

    Earth Day : Wake Me Up…..!

    Dear Jeanethe,

    As a human, sometimes I forget when is earth day. But everyday, I do not forget for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Too much we calculate how many anniversary we get these until we die. And also, too much, we celebrate our important moments. It’s tasteless! So Jeanethe, please, wake me up when the celebration of the earth day comes……

  3. Akira permalink
    April 2, 2012

    As a matter of fact, for all of us earthlings, each day should be Earth Day. We need to appreciate every day we spent on our planet and respect Mother Nature in every way possible. And cleaning up litter shouldn’t be just once a year. If you don’t make a mess in your house, don’t make a mess outside of it either.

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