Earth Day: Describe Our Planet in Six Words

Apr 20, 2012, 5:15 PM, Posted by NewPublicHealth

The Environmental Protection Agency is inviting people to write six-word “micro essays” about Earth in observance of Earth Day this Sunday. Many of the micro-essays will be featured on the EPA home page and on the EPA’s social media channel.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson wrote: Healthier families, cleaner communities, stronger America.

NewPublic Health’s entry: Live, Learn, Work, Play and Breathe.

The EPA has a webpage devoted to Earth Day(and the days beyondwhen we should still be decreasing our energy usage, reusing and recycling as much as we can, and using human-powered transportation whenever possible). Other EPA resources include:

  • A map of Earth Day activities throughout the nationfor example, Birmingham, Ala., will hold the country’s largest Earth Day parade, while Georgia Tech’s Earth Day celebration includes eco-friendly giveaways, recycling opportunities, a clothing swap, an office supply exchange and organic popcorn.
  • Join an EPA discussion group on the environment or start your own.
  • Choose Five things to commit to doing to help protect the environment
  • Sign on for EPA’s Green Tips such as, "Leaving your car at home twice a week can cut greenhouse gas emissions by 1,600 pounds per year."

>>Bonus Earth Day activity: The American Public Health Association (APHA) recently held an Emergency Stockpile Recipe Contest. The contest was part of the APHA’s Get Ready Campaign, which helps Americans become prepared for disasters and emergencies. What makes the recipes so Earth Day-appropriate is that none require an energy source for preparation and are made from foods you’d stockpile for an emergency (be sure to replace any cans or packages you take out of your stash, though). The winners:

>>Weigh In: What are you doing for Earth Day?

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.