April Is Earth Month! Earth Month Tips From EPA

The EPA celebrates Earth Day all month long. Here are some links to tips, news letters, and events hosted by the EPA for April, Earth Month.

April is EARTH MONTH! Here are things you can do, where you live or online.

Got Six Words for the Planet? You use thousands of words daily. But can you use only six? Write a six-word micro essay. Your six words about the environment. Be funny or poetic or serious. We’ll post some submissions on EPA.gov. Submit yours now through June 30. It’s the only Earth we have.
http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2012/04/02/sixwords/

Pump It Up! Properly pumped-up vehicle tires save fuel and save you money – up to 11 cents per gallon. Check your car’s tires and pump them up to the recommended pressure. We’re asking college students across America to host tire inflating events to help raise awareness. Find out more about Pump It Up!
http://www.epa.gov/oncampus

“Environment in a Day” Photo Project – What does a global moment look like? Take a photo any time during the twenty-four hour period of Earth Day April 22 where you are, of the environment how you see it (good, bad, landscapes, city-scapes, humans, wildlife, wild-humans). Then share on Flickr with the photo project – read more:
http://blog.epa.gov/epplocations/2012/03/14/4-22-12-environment-in-a-day/

Greenquest! Later in Earth Month, we’ll announce an online puzzle that you solve through learning about things you can do that help you protect your health and the environment. If you complete the puzzle, you can write your name on the Greenquest wall, and optionally enter a drawing to be a guest blogger in Greenversations. In a couple of weeks, we’ll post more info at
http://www.epa.gov/earthday

Learn – Teach – Share:
-Sign up to get a daily environmental tip by email during April and listen to the daily audio tip podcast.
http://www.epa.gov/earthday/tips.htm

-Put the environmental tips widget on your own web page or blog.
http://www.epa.gov/widgets

-Pick 5 for the Environment
http://www.epa.gov/pick5

-Join us on Facebook and share your Earthday experiences, or use hashtag #earthday on Twitter.
http://www.facebook.com/epa
http://twitter.com/search?q=%23earthday

-Find Earth Day activities near you.
http://www.epa.gov/earthday/events.htm

Habla español? Aprenda más acerca del Da del Planeta Tierra y de lo que usted puede hacer para ayudar a proteger el medio ambiente. Escuche los podcasts ambientales. Inscrbase para recibir un consejo por correo electrnico en abril.
http://www.epa.gov/earthday/espanol

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

Prevent Poisonings! Please – always keep chemicals, pesticides, medications, cleaning products and more in securely locked cabinets out of children’s reach. In just the past year, poison control centers took 4 million phone calls and helped address 2.4 million poisonings. Read more:
http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/names/hq_2012-3-16_Poison_prevention
-Special video on pest fogger safety:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhQW9D5IsTk

Fix A Leak! The average American home leaks more than 10,000 gallons of water per year. Check your fixtures and stop leaks, in your home or remind your landlord. If you’re shopping for new fixtures or plumbing, look for the WaterSense label.
http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/names/hq_2012-3-8_fixaleak

Springtime is Green Time! As you begin to think of yards and lawns and being outdoors again, think about greenscaping – get tips and ideas for environmentally friendly practices for your lawn and garden.
http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/rrr/greenscapes/owners.htm

If you Twitter? If you’re interested in how government is using and developing social media tools, follow hashtag #gov20 in Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/search/gov20
-or follow Jeffrey Levy, Director of Web Communications, for EPA-related discussion.
http://twitter.com/#!/levyj413

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VIDEOS AND MORE – March releases

U.S. EPA Mercury Capture System: This video describes a solution to the severe health risks caused by mercury emissions from small-scale gold processing.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3YKO8gkyws

National Poison Prevention Week: EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson commemorating the 50th anniversary of the National Week Poison Prevention, and simple things you can do to protect your family.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Fu1f0LrMrk
-en español: Mensaje de la Administradora de la Agencia de Protección Ambiental de EE.UU. Lisa P. Jackson en conmemoración del 50 aniversario de la Semana Nacional de Prevención de Envenenamientos.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AccoBTFXz7g

Foggers Safety: “First, Read the Label”: This short video helps educate the public on the potential hazards from incorrect use of total release foggers, and to provide safety precautions to take when using foggers to control insect pests.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhQW9D5IsTk
-en español: Seguridad nebulizadores: Este breve video fueron creado para educar al público de los posibles riesgos y también ofrece las precauciones de seguridad que se deben tomar al usar los nebulizadores o “foggers” para controlar las plagas de insectos.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0u7gerCEjk

More on EPA’s YouTube channel http://youtube.com/usepagov