Question of the Week

Pregunta de la Semana: ¿Qué quisiera que preguntáramos en la pregunta de la semana?

Hemos estado planteando la Pregunta de la Semana ya hace más de dos años. Hemos presentado más de 100 preguntas y hemos recibido miles de respuestas sobre una amplia variedd de temas desde por qué va al trabajo en bicicleta (o no) o lo que la protección ambiental significa para usted Y recientemente, usted compartió con nosotros cómo acciones tomadas han mejorado su vida.

Después de esta semana, tomaremos un breve receso para evaluar dónde estábamos y hacia dónde nos encaminaremos con esta sección. Vamos a planificar varios meses de preguntas e identificar maneras para regresar con respuestas colectivas. Vamos a repasar las preguntas y ver cuáles generan el mayor número de respuestas para ver qué modelos surgen.

Regresaremos de aquí a un par de meses. Mientras tanto ayúdenos a planificar indicándonos:

¿Qué quisiera que preguntáramos en la pregunta de la semana?

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Pregunta de la Semana: ¿Acaso los eventos modernos le han inspirado a hacer cambios personales y de qué manera?

Hace cuarenta años, eventos como el derrame de petróleo de Santa Bárbara y el hecho de que el río Cuyahoga se encendiera en llamas generaron una reacción pública masiva que resultó en el primer Día del Planeta Tierra y la creación de la EPA.

¿Acaso los eventos modernos le han inspirado a hacer cambios personales y de qué manera?

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Question of the Week: What do you do to "Be Air Aware" when planning outdoor activities?

May 3-7 is Air Quality Awareness Week. The quality of the air we breathe affects each of us differently and can lead to serious health issues, including asthma, heart disease and stroke to name a few. Air Quality Awareness Week is a partnership effort to remind Americans to check the Air Quality Index while planning their outdoor activities.

What do you do to “Be Air Aware” when planning outdoor activities?

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Question of the Week: What should environmental justice look like in your community?

Some aspects of modern life can harm health and the environment. Environmental justice means that these effects should be shared fairly and that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in making decisions about environmental issues, regardless of race, color, national origin, or income.. Examples include:
Many inner cities still have sewer systems that are not designed to handle storm overflow, so raw sewage can flow into rivers and streams.

Farm workers, 90% of whom are people of color, may face serious health risks from pesticides.
Low income, and quite often culturally diverse populations, are more likely than other groups to live near landfills, incinerators, and hazardous waste treatment facilities.

What should environmental justice look like in your community?

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Question of the Week: Where is your favorite place on earth or someplace you dream of visiting during your lifetime?

With Earth Day approaching, now is a good time to reflect on the wonders and pleasures Mother Earth provides us: majestic mountain ranges, beaches and ocean cliffs, and city parks providing a green break in urban life.  There truly is “something for everyone” or should we say “somewhere for everyone”.  Tell us about your favorite place on earth, or someplace you’d like to experience during your lifetime and why.

Where is your favorite place on earth or someplace you dream of visiting during your lifetime?

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Question of the Week: How has your life improved because of steps you and others have taken to protect the environment?

2010 marks forty years since the first Earth Day and EPA’s creation. This week, we want to know how environmental protection has made a difference in your life. Whether it was a change you made at home, or an EPA project in your community, we want to hear your story. Be sure to check out our Earth Day Web site for ideas on how you can celebrate, participate and continue to make a difference!

How has your life improved because of steps you and others have taken to protect the environment?

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¿Cómo ha mejorado su vida como resultado de pasos que usted u otros han tomado para proteger el medio ambiente?

El 2010 marca cuarenta años desde el primer Día del Planeta Tierra y la creación de la Agencia de Protección Ambiental (EPA, por sus siglas en inglés). Esta semana, queremos saber cómo la protección ambiental ha hecho una diferencia en su vida. Sea un cambio en el hogar o un proyecto de EPA en su comunidad, queremos escuchar su historia. Asegúrese de visitar nuestro sitio Web del Día del Planeta Tierra para ideas sobre cómo usted puede celebrar, participar y continuar haciendo una diferencia!

¿Cómo ha mejorado su vida como resultado de pasos que usted u otros han tomado para proteger el medio ambiente?

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Question of the Week: Where do you store your pesticides and other household chemicals?

March 14-20 is Poison Prevention Week. In households with children under the age of five, close to half store at least one pesticide product within reach of a child. Moreover, nearly 75 percent of households with no children under the age of five store pesticides product in an unlocked cabinet within a child’s reach. To help protect children from the dangers, install safety latches and lock up pesticides and household chemicals well out of children’s reach – preferably in a high cabinet. Make a room-by-room inspection of your home to be sure all products for rats, mice, cockroaches, or anything else with harmful chemicals such as bleach and other cleaning products are safely stored. Share your thoughts on how you safely store household chemicals.

Where do you store your pesticides and other household chemicals?

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Pregunta de la Semana:¿Dónde almacena sus productos pesticidas y otras sustancias químicas en el hogar?

La Semana de Prevención de Envenenamientos es del 14 al 20 de marzo. En los hogares con niños menores de cinco años, cerca del cincuenta por ciento conservan al menos un producto pesticida dentro del alcance de un niño. Asimismo, cerca del 75 por ciento de los hogares sin niños menores de cinco años conservan los productos pesticidas en gabinetes abiertos al alcance de los niños. Para ayudar a proteger a los niños de los peligros, instale cierres especiales de seguridad y colóque los productos pesticidas y sustancias químicas caseras bajo llave fuera del alcance de los niños–preferiblemente en un gabinete alto. Haga una inspección de todas las habitaciones en su hogar para asegurarse de que todos los productos para ratas, ratones, cucarachas y cualquier otra cosa como sustancias químicas dañinas como blanqueadores y otros productos de limpieza, por ejemplo, estén almacenados de manera segura. Comparta su sentir sobre cómo almacenar las sustancias químicas en el hogar.

¿Dónde almacena sus productos pesticidas y otras sustancias químicas en el hogar?

Cada semana hacemos una pregunta relacionada al medio ambiente. Por favor comparta con nosotros sus pensamientos y comentarios. Siéntase en libertad de responder a comentarios anteriores o plantear nuevas ideas. Preguntas previas.

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Question of the Week: When was the last time you fixed a leak?

An American home can waste, on average, more than 10,000 gallons of water every year due to running toilets, dripping faucets, and other household leaks. Nationwide, more than 1 trillion gallons of water leak from U.S. homes each year. That’s why WaterSense is promoting Fix a Leak Week from March 15 to 21, 2010, to remind Americans to check their plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks.

When was the last time you fixed a leak?

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