It’s Earth Month, and at EPA we want you to join the conversation on climate change. We’ll be hosting Twitter chats every Monday between now and Earth Day.
Here is the schedule:
April 8th 2:00pm EDT - Water
Experts from our Office of Water will join us to talk about how climate change is affecting oceans, watersheds, and their aquatic ecosystems in the U.S. We will also be discussing how EPA is adapting programs that protect public health and water resources.
April 15th 2:00pm EDT - Beyond Waste
Chat with experts from the Office Solid Waste and Emergency Response about how we can take simple actions such as recycling used electronics and reducing wasted food to combat climate change. Approximately 42 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are associated with the energy used to produce, process, transport and dispose of the food we eat and the goods we use.
Earth Day, April 22nd 2:00pm EDT - Climate Change: What You Can Do
Every day our actions affect the planet. Experts from our Office of Air and Radiation will be joining us on Earth Day to talk about what we can all do at home, in the office, and on the road to save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and help protect the planet. Let’s work together to protect our communities from the effects of climate change now and in the future.
Join our Earth Month Twitter chats by following @EPAlive and the #AskEPA hashtag on Twitter. Ask us a question, share your ideas, and join the conversation on climate change. If you don’t use Twitter, you can post your questions on our blog and watch the discussion at @EPAlive and #AskEPA. We look forward to talking with you!
Image description: This animated gif shows the distribution of water vapor over Africa and the Atlantic Ocean. White areas have high concentrations of water vapor, while dark regions are relatively dry. The brightest white areas are towering thunderclouds. The image was acquired on the morning of September 2, 2010.
Learn more about the water cycle and why water is so important to the health of Earth from NASA’s Earth Observatory.
Our rivers no longer burn, nor do our lungs. Chemicals can no longer be dumped carelessly without consequences.
Forty years ago, EPA set out to document the state of our environment: in photographs. In a historic project known as DOCUMERICA, the country’s best photojournalists were given a doorway and ran through it: into mine shafts, living rooms and factories. Those 22,000 pictures will forever depict the state of the United States when the work of the Environmental Protection Agency was just beginning.
When DOCUMERICA closed in 1977, so did the box which contained those faces and places. They would not to be rediscovered – or revisited – until now.
Through the end of 2013, it’s your chance. What you see, can be a part of this unprecedented global call for photos of our lives and environment today.
Side by side, what will State of the Environment and DOCUMERICA say about our past and our current quality of life? What challenges have we overcome and what signs today point to the challenges ahead?
That’s up to you. Join the 2,800 photos and growing that have been submitted to State of the Environment on Flickr. From sea to space and our earthen travels, this project is all about your view.
As we approach Earth Day 2013, we hope you’ll join this global movement. We hope you embrace the potential of a single photograph and are inspired by the power of many.
Take a photo of your environment and share it for the world to see. Read our State of the Environment blog and visit our State of the Environment Flickr Group to learn more.
Image description: Streams are critical for clean drinking water.
In the continental U.S., more than 357,000 miles of streams provide water for public drinking water systems. Approximately 117 million people – over one-third of the total U.S. population – get some or all of their drinking water from public systems that rely in part on these streams.
Photo by Eric Vance, Environmental Protection Agency