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A Cleaner Creek, A Cleaner Planet

2013 April 11

Throughout State of the Environment, we have photos of litter still by the road side, on beaches, down streams. Will there be a day when that kind of scene is something of our past?

It took a small act of letting that bag fly away, emptying that pocket, forgetting about that bottle, to create the State of the Environment today. It will take equally small, but powerful acts to pick up that bag, use less to begin with, and recycle what we can, to create a better picture for our future.

It has been a tremendous pleasure to watch the progress of the dedicated volunteers who have cleaned up miles of the historic Bread and Cheese Creek in Dundalk, Maryland. Surely, there must be more efforts like this that we can help you show off and collectively enjoy, from around the world.

Join us in celebrating our planet Earth this April 22. This Earth Day, we ask that you contribute ‘Before and After’ photos of cleanups, tree plantings, or other environmental and community projects near you. Enter your photos to State of the Environment on Flickr anytime from now through the end of April.  We’ll compile the end result for all to enjoy.

Be sure to make note of your project name and note that it is either the ‘before or after’ in your title. You can also help us out by tagging your photo with the #EarthDay2013.

During the Bread and Cheese Creek Cleanup Merritt Boulevard to North Point Boulevard 4/6/13.

During the Bread and Cheese Creek Cleanup Merritt Boulevard to North Point Boulevard 4/6/13.

 A note to the progress these volunteers achieved: “we removed over 3.5 tons of trash (227 trash bags!), over 2 tons of metal that has been recycled, 23 shopping carts, 14 tires (one a huge tractor tire), 2 bicycles, 2 lawnmowers, a black and white TV, a section of wrought iron fence, an elliptical machine, and more!”

Imagine what you can do for your community, picture the results this Earth Day.

State of the Environment is about your view. Photos may be submitted from around the world to State of the Environment on Flickr through the end of 2013.

Good luck and looking forward to showing off your hard work for our environment. Best wishes, Jeanethe Falvey, State of the Environment project lead

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3 Responses
  1. Haridwar Travel permalink
    May 14, 2013

    It’s wonderful to know that people are so aware and active to respond for environmental cause.

    Here in India the river Yamuna that goes through New Delhi Stinks and looks dirty all the time.

    Haridwar Travel

  2. eBook Conversion permalink
    May 17, 2013

    The main root cause of most of the pollution according to me is “Plastic and Fuel” if we find a way to get rid of the two i believe that it would make a big impact on planet earth.

  3. PDF to eBook permalink
    June 11, 2013

    The main root cause of most of the pollution according to me is “Plastic and Fuel” if we find a way to get rid of the two i believe that it would make a big impact on planet earth.

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