EPA’s ‘Pick 5 for the Environment’

Agency offers interactive, online method for people to continue their Earth Day efforts to protect the planet.

Earth, as seen from the Galileo spacecraft.

As the Galileo spacecraft departed for its 3-year flight to Jupiter in 1995, this image of Earth was taken during a flyby. The distance from Earth is approximately 1.2 million miles. Antarctica is visible at the bottom of the image, and dawn is rising over the Pacific Ocean.

courtesy NASA/JPL

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Washington, D.C. – As part of its Earth Month outreach efforts, the Environmental Protection Agency launched “Pick 5 for the Environment,” encouraging the public to commit to taking at least five actions to protect the environment. Pick 5 helps people identify ways they can protect their environment and makes use of social media sites to allow them to share their tips and stories.

Since April 1, EPA has issued daily green tips via podcasts and e-mail subscriptions. EPA is asking the public to pick 5 of the 10 actions listed below and then to share their thoughts by using a variety of social media sites.

After signing up on EPA’s website, people can share tips and stories on Facebook, photos on Flickr, and videos on YouTube. A Facebook application will make it easy for members of that site to sign up and encourage their friends to participate. People can also sign up for e-mail updates from EPA.

The 10 actions are:

1. Use less water.

2. Commute without polluting.

3. Save electricity.

4. Reduce, reuse and recycle.

5. Test your home for radon.

6. Check your local air quality.

7. Use chemicals safely.

8. Reuse and recycle electronics.

9. Enjoy the outdoors safely.

10. Spread the word to family and friends.

Start on the Pick 5 for the Environment website.

Then share your thoughts: on Facebook; on Flickr; and on YouTube.

More you can do, visit the Earth Day page on EPA’s website.