Pick 5 for the Environment

By Ashley McAvoy

Quick! Pick your top 5 favorite movies of all time. Now what about your top 5 favorite songs? Have you thought of any? Ok, now what are the top 5 activities that you will do to help the environment this year? If you’re like me, this is a much harder question to answer. There are so many things that we can do to help the environment, but sometimes we need some help to narrow down all our choices. That’s what’s so great about Pick 5 for the Environment.

Now you might be asking, what exactly is Pick 5 for the Environment? It’s a site that makes it super easy to decide what you can do to help the environment. Just visit Pick 5 and choose from one of 6 topics: Water, Air, Land, Energy, Waste, and Advocacy. When you click on one of the topics, a list will pop up with different actions that you can commit to. For example, when I clicked on Water, a list came up that gave me 4 actions that I could do to conserve water. You can pick any of those options, as long as you pick at least 5. The most important thing is to pick actions that you think you can complete. That’s it! It’s that easy. Share your choices with your friends and family and try to get them to Pick 5 too.Then the rest is up to you.

Here’s what I’m doing to help out the environment:

  1. Use only the water you need, and reuse when possible.
  2. Buy locally, or grow your own! Reduce air pollution caused by food and goods transport.
  3. Learn about the native species and the negative effects of non native plants and animals in the environment. Plant native species in your gardens, encourage important pollinators such as bees and birds by planting gardens full of their favorite plants. Join a team in your community that removes non-native species.
  4. Reduce. Cut back on the amount of ‘stuff’ that could later end up as waste.
  5. Talk to a friend about Pick5!

Now only one question remains: what will be your Pick 5 for the Environment choices?

About the author: Ashley McAvoy is an Intern with the Office of Web Communications for spring 2013. She is a double major in Environmental Studies and Hispanic Studies at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.

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