“Wanted – For Helping the Earth”

By Ellie Kanipe

One summer evening after a long day at work, I went for a walk in my neighborhood to relax. To my delight, I saw the most awesome thing ever: kids in my neighborhood, which is a stone’s throw over the Potomac River from Washington DC, had put up hand-drawn posters all over the neighborhood to encourage their neighbors to be green. I saw poster after poster on telephone polls, stop signs, and even garbage cans. The posters encouraged people to reduce, reuse, and recycle; to turn off lights; to bike. One even said “this is a garbage can, recycle instead.”

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 After that long work day, seeing these posters was incredibly refreshing. I’m a communication specialist in EPA’s Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery and regularly work to determine the best way to communicate what we can all do to make a difference. We use Facebook and Twitter to share information, develop cool infographics, and make YouTube videos, all to spread the word about what people can do to make a difference at homeon the go, at school, and in their community.

Hopefully, these young environmentalists will inspire you as much as they inspired me. As overwhelming as the world’s environmental problems can be, we can’t forget that the little things we do make a difference.  So do as these kids say – “Go Green! Help our community! Tell your neighbors AND GO GO GO GO!!”

Want green ideas for kids? Check out our Planet Protector’s Club for Kids.

About the author: Ellie Kanipe lives in Del Ray, Virginia, and works for the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery on communications. She loves her community in Del Ray – the people, its walkability, and the neighborhood’s frozen custard shop.