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Action for our Climate

2013 June 26

Music to many ears, yesterday’s announcement from President Obama was a historic moment for our environment. The messages were clear and tweeted far and wide: “RT @EPAgov President Obama: Today for the sake of our children… I’m directing the EPA to set higher carbon pollution standards. #ActOnClimateSee the President’s remarks on climate change.

While carbon pollution itself can be somewhat difficult to  photograph, the effects of the increased emissions around our planet are becoming more evident by the day.

Today, we are featuring two photos that struck us as poignant, with a larger story to tell.

wildfire and snow

Wildfires are worsening in frequency, flooding is more severe not just along our coastline, but inland as well. Many of you have answered the call to show us the State of our Environment over the past three years. The clock is ticking as this contemporary phase of the project will wind down at the end of 2013. Speak out through your cameras and you have the power to show individual scenes that are building the larger picture of the global environmental challenges we are facing together – seemingly in our own local ways.

King Tide, by Mike Craghan on Flickr, Manasquan, NJ, June 22, 2013.

Last Friday, we gave a heads up to catch a glimpse of a king tide. By catching a photo of the most extreme tidal event of the year, we can actually peek into our future with sea-level rise. Find out when and where you can experience this incredible phenomenon, upload your image with ‘King Tide’ in the description or tag, be part of the collage we share next week.

Together, State of the Environment and Documerica give us the best chance to see how far we’ve come. Now, we want you to join us as we gather these pictures to look to our future. Share with us what you see happening in our environment.

 State of the Environment is a story of our world by you. No view is too small to be a part of the larger picture.

Photos taken from 2011 until the end of 2013 may be submitted to State of the Environment on Flickr. All levels of photography experience and skill are welcome.

–Jeanethe Falvey, U.S. EPA State of the Environment & DOCUMERICA project lead.

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.

One Response
  1. electra permalink
    June 26, 2013

    While initiatives by our government are needed to help keep our environment from getting worse and are large measures that can make a significiant difference, each of our actions individually when added up also make a huge difference. As Ghandi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” We all as citizens can make a difference. Don’t we want to leave it a better place than we found it? When we can act together as a nation to make a clean environment our collective value it is much more likely to come true.

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