Question of the Week

We’ve been running Question of the Week for more than two years now. We’ve asked more than 100 questions and you’ve written thousands of responses on everything from why you bike to work (or don’t) to what environmental protection means to you. And recently, you’ve shared how actions you’ve taken have improved your life. After this week, we’re going to take a short break to assess where we’ve been and where we want to go with this feature. We’re going to plan out a few months’ worth of questions and look for ways to report back to you the collective…

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Did you know that although it’s easy to prevent, there are more cases of skin cancer each year than cases of breast, colon, lung and prostrate cancers combined? Or that skin cancer is affecting younger and younger people? That adds up to more than one million Americans getting skin cancer annually. Every year, the Friday before Memorial Day is designated as Don’t Fry Day as a reminder to be SunWise and protect your skin while enjoying the outdoors. What do you do to be SunWise and protect yourself from overexposure to the sun? Each week we ask a question related…

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Today’s young people are more involved than ever in environmental issues, and are making a huge difference. This week, we celebrate their efforts to protect tomorrow’s environment during the President’s Environmental Youth Award Ceremony in Washington, D.C. What will define the environmental issues for today’s young people?

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May 3-7 is Air Quality Awareness Week. The quality of the air we breathe affects each of us differently and can lead to serious health issues, including asthma, heart disease and stroke to name a few. Air Quality Awareness Week is a partnership effort to remind Americans to check the Air Quality Index while planning their outdoor activities. What do you do to “Be Air Aware” when planning outdoor activities? Each week we ask a question related to the environment. Please let us know your thoughts as comments. Feel free to respond to earlier comments or post new ideas. Previous…

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Some aspects of modern life can harm health and the environment. Environmental justice means that these effects should be shared fairly and that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in making decisions about environmental issues, regardless of race, color, national origin, or income.. Examples include: Many inner cities still have sewer systems that are not designed to handle storm overflow, so raw sewage can flow into rivers and streams. Farm workers, 90% of whom are people of color, may face serious health risks from pesticides. Low income, and quite often culturally diverse populations, are more likely than other groups…

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With Earth Day approaching, now is a good time to reflect on the wonders and pleasures Mother Earth provides us: majestic mountain ranges, beaches and ocean cliffs, and city parks providing a green break in urban life.  There truly is “something for everyone” or should we say “somewhere for everyone”.  Tell us about your favorite place on earth, or someplace you’d like to experience during your lifetime and why. Where is your favorite place on earth or someplace you dream of visiting during your lifetime? Each week we ask a question related to the environment. Please let us know your thoughts as comments. Feel…

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April is Earth Month, and Earth Day, April 22nd, is rapidly approaching. Check out our Earth Day web page for things you can do to celebrate, participate and then share what you are doing. Activities range from “Pick 5″– choosing five environmental actions you will commit to, to submitting a video clip to join our “It’s My Environment” video project and loads of things in between. Check it out and tell us about your plans. What are you going to do to celebrate the Earth this April? Each week we ask a question related to the environment. Please let us…

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2010 marks forty years since the first Earth Day and EPA’s creation. This week, we want to know how environmental protection has made a difference in your life. Whether it was a change you made at home, or an EPA project in your community, we want to hear your story. Be sure to check out our Earth Day Web site for ideas on how you can celebrate, participate and continue to make a difference! How has your life improved because of steps you and others have taken to protect the environment? Each week we ask a question related to the…

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What kind of gardening plans have you made this year? Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? The warm weather is coming our way and our thoughts are turning to the great outdoors. Many of us will be planning and planting a vegetable or flower gardens or both, or even an herb garden in a balcony window box. Are you? Your name may not be Mary, but we’d still like to know. During your planning stages, don’t forget to set aside room for composting, it can really make a difference! Each week we ask a question related to…

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Spring has sprung (at least meteorologically), the days will be getting longer and warmer. This new season offers much for many of us, including the ability to get outdoors to exercise and play, visit a park or zoo, or just to breathe in the fresh air and enjoy your environment. While you’re at it, why not check out our new video project, “It’s My Environment”, and be a part of something new and innovative. What outdoor plans have you made to enjoy your environment this Spring? Each week we ask a question related to the environment. Please let us know…

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