Pick 5: Spread the Word!

Hey Pick 5’ers, it’s time again for you to share what you’ve done and how you did it. If you haven’t done it yet, Pick 5 for the Environment and then come back to comment. Today we cover action #10: Spread the word! Please share your stories as comments below.

Over the past several months I’ve done a series of Pick 5 blogs. I’ve shared with you my “Pick 5 experiences” and have encouraged you to commit to environmental action. It has been a great experience making changes in my life to benefit the environment. I’ve learned so much that I’ve wanted to share with you.

I’ve also spoken to kids of all ages about “Pick 5 for the Environment.” My neighbor’s five-year-old son asked me, “what do you mean, Pick 5 for the Environment?” I explained to him some simple steps he could take to help the environment. He was thrilled! He said, “you mean I should recycle instead of throwing everything in the kitchen trash can?” I explained to him why recycling’s important. After a couple of weeks went by, my neighbor said “I can’t believe how serious he is about this!” She said he went to school and told his teacher and friends that they are ruining the earth by throwing trash in the trash can, and that they need to recycle. Now his teacher has recycling bins in the class room. By spreading the word about the environment, you never know how far it will go. Tell a few friends to Pick 5; if they each tell their friends, in no time at all there’ll be thousands of Pick 5’ers. So spread the word!

Don’t hesitate to share your other Pick 5 tips on how you save water , commute without polluting, save electricity , reduce, reuse, recycle , test your home for radon , how do you check your local air quality, use chemicals safely , eCycle, and enjoy the outdoors safely!

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About the author: Denise Owens has worked at EPA for over twenty years. She is currently working in the Office of Public Affairs in Washington, DC

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