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Looking at the State of Our Environment

2013 April 19

Two years of photos have flowed in from around the world. Inspired by the rediscovery of DOCUMERICA, this Earth Day marks the two year anniversary of EPA’s public call for photographs that together, can show the State of the Environment.

The call has been simple:

Match DOCUMERICA scenes from the United States in the 1970s to have side by side images that could compare the change in our environment.

Photograph the world where you live and travel, to document the current challenges, successes, and way of life in our environment today.

Over 850 of you have submitted more than 2,800 photos documenting our environment today. In celebration of Earth Day, we are sharing some of our favorites. Congratulations to these featured photographers, we look forward to what you share next.


Our State of the Environment Photo Project is about how you see our environment. It’s about your backyard, combined with other images around the world. Photos may be submitted to State of the Environment on Flickr through the end of 2013.

For Earth Day this year: share ‘before and after’ photos of community cleanup projects near you. We will share a collection of the change and celebrations in pictures here, and across EPA social media.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

3 Responses
  1. pamela permalink
    April 20, 2013

    the stillness of the picture, just beauty in the making. the ice so beautiful. the lone penguin is beauiful

  2. pamela permalink
    April 20, 2013

    i love pictures that capture a rare moment in time.

  3. heather permalink
    April 22, 2013

    Wow number 15 is a great representation of the changes in air pollution. So many benefits come from switching to cloud storage instead of printing

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