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Flat Stanley and Stella Arrive at EPA!

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Image description: Flat Stanley and Stella arrive at the offices of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

By Jeanethe Falvey and Jessica Orquina, EPA’s Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education

Hey, parents and teachers! Flat Stanley and Stella have joined EPA to teach children about the environment and how we can all help protect it. Now your children or students can follow their adventures by reading our new blog, Stanley and Stella Explore the Environment. This blog will feature monthly stories written to help build reading and science skills for elementary age readers. Each story will be posted at first, second, and third grade reading levels.

Here’s how you can participate:

  • Share these adventures and activities with your classroom or family.

  • Print EPA’s official characters or have kids color their own. (You can download them from our blog or The Flat Stanley Project website.)

  • Help kids do the suggested activities at the end of each story and include the characters in their own adventures.

  • Share photos of the characters on the official Flat Stanley website or apps! Follow the stories and activities on Stanley and Stella Explore the Environment in your classroom, after-school program, or at home.

Start today by reading about Flat Stanley and Stella’s first EPA adventure with the National Park Service, where they travel to Yellowstone to look for the environment!

If you use either Combivent Inhalation Aerosol or Maxair Autohaler, you’ll need to talk to your health care provider about finding a new inhaler.  CFCs damage the ozone, a thin, outer layer in the stratosphere that acts as Earth’s shield against the sun’s radiation. Most inhalers that use CFCs as a propellant are already phased out.

You can make rich soil for your garden and save space in landfills by composting your food waste. Learn how.

Image description: Do you know there are some places so cold on Earth where water is frozen solid? This includes frozen parts of the ocean, such as waters surrounding Antarctica and the Arctic composing part of the cryosphere. The cryosphere is the part of the Earth’s surface that is frozen for some part of the year. Learn more about the cryosphere.
Photo from the National Oceanic and Atmosphereic Administration’s Satellite and Information Service

Image description: Do you know there are some places so cold on Earth where water is frozen solid? This includes frozen parts of the ocean, such as waters surrounding Antarctica and the Arctic composing part of the cryosphere. The cryosphere is the part of the Earth’s surface that is frozen for some part of the year. Learn more about the cryosphere.

Photo from the National Oceanic and Atmosphereic Administration’s Satellite and Information Service

How Are You Going to Celebrate Earth Day?

Earth Day is Monday! What are you going to do to protect the planet and celebrate? Here at EPA, we work to protect human health and the environment every day. On Earth Day to celebrate, we continue our work and take a moment to appreciate our planet.

Here are some things you can do online and in your community:

  • Get information, event listings, and learn about how you can help protect the planet on April 22nd and every day on our Earth Day website.
  • Want to volunteer or attend an event on Earth Day? Check out our events page to learn about opportunities across the country on our local events page.
  • Environmental action can mean taking simple steps in the different places where we all live. Start making a difference today by joining Pick 5 for the Environment!
  • Sign up for GoGreen! (our monthly email consumer newsletter) for news, activities, or events you can use to make a difference at home, in your community, and at your workplace - Earth Day and every day!
  • Join @EPAlive for our Earth Day Twitter Chat about climate change and what you can do.
  • Have a question about what we can all do to cut greenhouse gas emissions and protect the planet? Send it to us using the #AskEPA hashtag on Twitter.
  • Share your photos with our State of the Environment Photo Project.

And don’t forget to make every day Earth Day!