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Monthly Archives: April 2015

  • Today is National PrepareAthon! Day!

    Today is one of two National PrepareAthon! Days held annually to help build a more resilient nation by increasing the number of individuals who understand which disasters could happen in their community, know what to do to be safe and mitigate damage, take action to increase their preparedness, and participate in community resilience planning.

    Below are some tips and facts to help with this goal and to help you be better prepared no matter where you may be.drowning

    Disaster Facts:

    • Extreme weather events have increased in frequency in the past 50 years and are expected to become even more common, more intense, and more costly.
    • Between 1900 and 2014, the United States experienced 38 earthquakes, 166 floods, and 568 storms (including tropical cyclones).
    • In 2012, the United States was struck by 936 tornadoes, causing about $1.6 billion in damages.
    • In 2013, there were more than 440 weather-related fatalities and nearly 2,800 injuries.

    The Cost of Being Unprepared:

    • In 2013, deadly weather caused more than $8 billion in property damage.
    • According to the Insurance Information Institute, an estimated 25 percent of all businesses affected by a major disaster never reopen.
    • Failure to prepare for extreme weather events has cost the United States $1.15 trillion in economic losses from 1980 to 2010 and could cost another trillion dollars in coming years.

    Other Research Findings:

    • Despite an increase in weather-related disasters, only 39 percent of respondents have developed and discussed an emergency plan with their household.
    • Drills, exercises, and trainings are key tools that help the brain acquire skills that enable individuals to better overcome shock and support crisis response.

    Where do you stand when it comes to preparedness?

    Research shows that poeple are more prepared for a disaster if they:

    • Are aware of community alerts and warning systems;
    • Talk about their preparedness plan with family and others;
    • Attend trainings and meetings; and
    • Participate in a drill or exercise.

    Increase your family's protection

    Based on the 2012 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Survey, 54 percent of the U.S. population do not believe their community will experience a natural disaster.26 Only 39 percent have a plan they have discussed with their family members, and almost 50 percent do not have supplies set aside in their home for use in a disaster. Unfortunately, a disaster will likely impact you at some point in your life, and when it does, you may only have seconds to respond. Your family, friends, and community are depending on you if a disaster happens. Are you ready to act?

    Do Something Today!

    Today is to be a day of action! A day to do something to help you, your family, or your organization be better prepared for when a disaster strikes. Here's a visual provided by America's PrepareAthon! on ideas of something you can do today.

  • Making Safety Training Better

    Everyone knows safety training is important. Everyone also knows that there are other things they’d rather be doing. Safety training takes workers off of the job site and that can be costly, as well as a distraction, affecting information retention and reducing the effectiveness of your training sessions.

    The remedy isn’t longer sessions or more thorough testing. The solution is more effective use of class time. By placing an emphasis on engagement and changing simple things about the way instructors present training information, you can help employees focus on the importance of safety training and the work in front of them while realizing that safety doesn’t end with training sessions.

    Whether you use training management software, classroom learning or a combination of both, engagement plays a key role in information retention for your employees. Increased retention means the lessons paid for in the classroom can help your employees cut loses and reduce injuries on the job site increasing your organization’s return on investment.

    The first step in training engagement begins before class starts. In order to engage employees and give them confidence, instructors need to view training as a dialogue built around a safety-oriented corporate culture. Have management set an example for employees and show them that goals, like having zero incidents are worth striving for. This way management can set and test limits on performance while showing employees that there’s no excuse not to meet safety standards. It is always more effective for management to show this with their actions instead of just words.

    Setting an example for employees is just the first step in creating a culture of safety around your organization. Invest the time and money into developing training tools and programs that will speed up the transmission of information and learning. Personal safety equipment is a valuable tool for employee protection and almost always presents a positive return on investment; the same can be said of safety training. In many cases, an employee learning management system can be the perfect tool to support your message delivery. By investing in a variety of training materials, like video and interactive exercises, employees will see the value you are placing in their training and will give lessons more attention according to that perceived value.

    Slides, interactive exercises and animated videos may be more expensive to develop than text-based training methods, but they also increase learning retention and keep classroom sessions fresh by segmenting information and helping time pass more quickly. Using a number of different training methods will accommodate a variety of learning styles in your workforce and help ensure that everyone clearly understands the lessons being presented. Taking breaks is important, as well, to compartmentalize training session information. This improves retention and employees’ willingness to interact.

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    Another way to increase engagement and provide variety to classroom sessions is to bring in expert speakers. Many are affordable and provide industry insight not readily available to safety training staff. Benefit from an expert’s experience by playing out emergency situations and recounting personal stories. These exercises will help employees contextualize information and increase retention.

    The most important part of safety training invariably ends up being how information is reinforced once classroom and e-learning sessions are over. Create regular safety meetings that showcase good work. Emphasize hazard identification and provide incentives that will keep workers interested and committed. Make use of evaluations when training is over and at frequent intervals to reinforce important topics. It’s all about embracing a safety culture that will reduce workplace incidents and keep your employees’ heads in the game—and protected.

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  • Workplace preparedness and response: Severe weather emergencies

    severe-weatherEmergencies can create a variety of hazards for workers in the impacted area. Preparing before an emergency incident plays a vital role in ensuring that employers and workers have the necessary equipment, know where to go, and know how to keep themselves safe when an emergency occurs. These Emergency Preparedness and Response pages provide information on how to prepare and train for emergencies and the hazards to be aware of when an emergency occurs. The pages provide information for employers and workers across industries, and for workers who will be responding to the emergency.

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    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides resources for workplace preparedness for and response to severe weather emergencies, including tornadoes, floods and extreme heat. Employers must ensure that workers involved in response and recovery are protected from potential safety and health hazards. OSHA also provides information and resources to assist in these efforts.  OSHA and NOAA encourage workers and employers to be aware of weather forecasts, train workers on severe weather plans, and keep emergency supplies, including a battery-operated weather radio, on hand to be better prepared when severe weather strikes.

    For information on how to get started with preparing for an emergency, visit the "Getting Started - General Preparedness and Response" section. This section provides information for general businesses and for workers who will respond to the emergency. The information in this section is designed to apply to a wide variety of emergency preparedness and response incidents. For guidance on a particular type of emergency, visit our Natural Disaster or Specific Hazards Web pages.

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  • Every 2 Hours, an American Worker is permanently silenced: Workers' Memorial Day

    Today is Workers' Memorial Day.Wokers-Memorial-Day

    This day is observed every year on April 28. It is a day to honor those workers who have died on the job, to acknowledge the grievous suffering experienced by families and communities, and to recommit ourselves to the fight for safe and healthful workplaces for all workers. It is also the day OSHA was established in 1971. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their workers. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.wmd

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  • Oxymoron? Spring Forecast calls for flooding and continued drought

    As Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors, we try to keep our readers up to date on potentWRN-Ambassadorial threats and help them to prepare - this Spring, know your regional probabilities and plan.

    Risk of moderate flooding for parts of central and
    eastern United States

    No drought relief in sight for California, Nevada or Oregon this springWRN-Spring





    According to NOAA’s Spring Outlook released today, rivers in western New York and eastern New England have the greatest risk of spring flooding in part because of heavy snowpack coupled with possible spring rain. Meanwhile, widespread drought conditions are expected to persist in California, Nevada, and Oregon this spring as the dry season begins.

    “Periods of record warmth in the West and not enough precipitation during the rainy season cut short drought-relief in California this winter and prospects for above average temperatures this spring may make the situation worse,” said Jon Gottschalck, chief, Operational Prediction Branch,NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

    NOAA’s Spring Outlook identifies areas at risk of spring flooding and expectations for temperature, precipitation and drought from April through June. The Spring Outlook provides emergency managers, water managers, state and local officials, and the public with valuable information so they will be prepared to take action to protect life and property.

    Spring Flood Risk

    Record snowfall and unusually cold temperatures in February through early March retained a significant snowpack across eastern New England and western New York raising flood concerns. Significant river ice across northern New York and northern New England increase the risk of flooding related to ice jams and ice jam breakups. Rivers in these areas are expected to exceed moderate flood levels this spring if there is quick warm up with heavy rainfall.

    There is a 50 percent chance of exceeding moderate flood levels in small streams and rivers in the lower Missouri River basin in Missouri and eastern Kansas which typically experience minor to moderate flooding during the spring. This flood potential will be driven by rain and thunderstorms.

    Moderate flooding has occurred in portions of the Ohio River basin, including the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers from melting snow and recent heavy rains. This has primed soils and streams for flooding to persist in Kentucky, southern Illinois, and southwest Indiana with the typical heavy spring rains seen in this area.

    Minor river flooding is possible from the Gulf Coast through the Ohio River Valley and into the Southeast from Texas eastward and up the coast to Virginia. The upper Midwest eastward to Michigan has a low risk of flooding thanks to below normal snowfall this winter. Though, heavy rainfall at any time can lead to flooding, even in areas where overall risk is considered low.

    Drought Outlook

    El Niño finally arrived in February, but forecasters say it’s too weak and too late in the rainy season to provide much relief for California which will soon reach its fourth year in drought.

    Drought is expected to persist in California, Nevada, and Oregon through June with the onset of the dry season in April. Drought is also forecast to develop in remaining areas of Oregon and western Washington. Drought is also likely to continue in parts of the southern Plains.

    Forecasters say drought improvement or removal is favored for some areas in the Southwest, southern Rockies, southern Plains, and Gulf Coast while drought development is more likely in parts of the northern Plains, upper Mississippi Valley and western Great Lakes where recent dryness and an outlook of favored below average precipitation exist.

    Current water supply forecasts and outlooks in the western U.S. range from near normal in the Pacific Northwest, northern Rockies, and Upper Colorado, to, much below normal in California, the southern Rockies, and portions of the Great Basin.

    If the drought persists as predicted in the Far West, it will likely result in an active wildfire season, continued stress on crops due to low reservoir levels, and an expansion of water conservation measures. More information about drought can be found at

    Temperature and Precipitation Outlook

    Above-average temperatures are favored this spring across the Far West, northern Rockies, and northern Plains eastward to include parts of the western Great Lakes, and for all of Alaska. Below normal temperatures are most likely this spring for Texas and nearby areas of New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, and Oklahoma.

    For precipitation, odds favor drier than average conditions for parts of the northern Plains, upper Mississippi Valley, western Great Lakes, and Pacific Northwest. Above average precipitation is most likely for parts of the Southwest, southern and central Rockies, Texas, Southeast, and east central Alaska. Hawaii is favored to be warmer than average with eastern areas most likely wetter than average this spring.

    Now is the time to become weather-ready during NOAA’s Spring Weather Safety Campaign which runs from March to June and offers information on hazardous spring weather -- tornadoes, floods, thunderstorm winds, hail, lightning, heat, wildfires, and rip currents -- and tips on how to stay safe.

  • Wild Weather!

    Are you Ready for Spring Onslaughts?

    WRN-AmbassadorTornadoes, floods, thunderstorms, winds, hail, lightning, heat, wildfires, rip currents and tsunamis - spring is three months of danger that can imperil the unprepared. It roars in like a lion and continues to roar across the United States throughout March, April and May.

    Spring is a time of transition, when late-season snowstorms can impact the East Coast and the Northern Plains, thunderstorms rip across the South and Midwest, rivers overflow their banks and heat waves begin in the Southwest. And there’s one hazard that can strike the coasts at any time: tsunamis.

    Don’t let this dangerous season catch you unaware. Get ready for spring with just a few simple steps: Know Your Risk, Take Action and Be a Force of Nature.

    1. Know Your Risk
    Tornadoes, floods, thunderstorm winds, hail, lightning, heat, wildfires, rip currents and tsunamis can be a killer for the unprepared. Here’s what you need to know about these dangerous hazards:

    • Since 2003, 43 states within the continental United States have come under a tornado watch; 49 states have come under severe thunderstorm watches; and lightning strikes occur in every state.
    • More than half of the total freshwater flood-related deaths each year result from motorists driving into floodwaters. It only takes 12 inches of water to carry off a small vehicle.
    • Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of deaths each year. The heat wave of 1995 claimed more than 700 lives in the Chicago area alone.
    • In 2014, there were 26 lightning fatalities - six in Florida alone.
    • Wildfires kill 30 people, destroy 2,800 homes and burn more than 7 million acres, on average per year.
    • The United States Lifesaving Association estimates that more than 100 people each year die in the surf zone waters of the U.S. and that rip currents cause the majority of those fatalities.
    • Since the beginning of the 20th century, 34 tsunami events have caused more than 500 deaths and over $1.7 billion (2014 dollars) in damage to U.S. coastal states and territories.

    Spring Has Sprung! Get Ready for Some of America’s Wildest Weather Wild Weather

    2. Take Action
    While the weather may be wild, you are not powerless. Prepare for spring hazards including tornadoes, floods, thunderstorm winds, hail, lightning, heat, wildfires, rip currents and tsunamis with these simple steps:

    • You may have only minutes to find shelter before a tornado strikes. Practice a family tornado drill at least once a year.
    • Whether driving or walking, any time you come to a flooded road, Turn Around Don't Drown®.
    • Check to see if officials in charge of sports have a written lightning safety plan.
    • Extreme heat comes early to the Southwest. During a heat wave, reschedule strenuous outdoor activities for the coolest time of the day.
    • If you live near wildland areas, make sure you home is Firewise and fire-safe.
    • This spring break, avoid rip currents by checking the local beach forecast and talking to the lifeguard.
    • If you live, work or play on the coast, learn about tsunami safety.

    3. Be a Force of Nature
    Being prepared is about helping your community. Share your weather and emergency preparedness story and you’ll inspire others to prepare.

    • Write a post on Facebook. Share with your friends and family the details of how you’re weather-ready.
    • Tweet that you’re prepared with #SpringSafetyPrep. Help us build an online community of the prepared.
    • Create a Family Communication Plan so that your loved ones know how to get in touch during an emergency. And let your friends know that they should create a plan also.
    • Look for ways to help your town prepare, such as joining a Community Emergency Response Team.
    • Register for America’s PrepareAthon! to learn how to stay safe during disasters.

    These simple steps will help keep you safe from tornadoes, floods, lightning, heat, wildfires, rip currents and tsunamis. A little bit of preparation can make a big difference. And being ready for these hazards will help you throughout the year.

    Survival Gear! Wouldn't you like to be a Prepper too?
    Think about preparedness; at home, at work, at school, even in your car.
    Are you Ready?
    Check your Emergency Plan and Evacuation Routes everywhere you normally spend time.
    Check your Emergency Supplies:

    • Check your expiration dates (food, water, batteries)
    • Count your stock... is it enough?
    • Don't let your gas tank get below half-full
    • Keep cash on hand - ATMs may not be available, and you cannot count on credit cards in an emergency.
    • Think Ahead-Plan Wisely-Prepare Yourself to Survive!

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  • Air Quality Awareness Week

    Next Week is Air Quality Awareness Week promoted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Weather Service Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services. (Learn about Indoor Air Quality)


    Monday: Do Your Part—Reduce Your Contribution to Air Pollution

    Nearly every day, each of us contributes a little to air pollution—but we don't always realize it. Take a few minutes to think about how you contribute to air pollution. Then come up with a plan to make some changes. Here are some tips from one of our partner agencies, the Maricopa County Air Quality Department in Arizona. Try out their suggestions during Air Quality Awareness week!

    Cycle Sunday: Ride your bicycle to places you would normally drive your car. Get some fresh air and save some gas.

    Alternative Mode Monday: Utilize alternate modes of transportation. Consider taking the light rail, bus or vanpool.

    Ride Together Tuesday: Carpool to as many locations as possible. Riding together decreases the amount of emissions in the air.

    Walk Somewhere Wednesday: Walk to nearby locations instead of driving. Increasing the number of steps you take will improve your health.

    No Drive-Thru Thursday: Avoid the drive-thru and go inside to order your food, coffee or prescriptions. By doing this you will reduce exhaust emissions.

    Fuel After Dark Friday: Hot temperatures and gasoline fumes create ground-level ozone. Reduce the effect and refuel your vehicle at night time.

    Sweep It Up Saturday: Sweep your driveway, patio, deck, etc. instead of using a leaf blower. Get some exercise and breathe in fresh air while you burn a few calories.

    Tuesday: Air Quality—Important at Every Age

    Two of the most common pollutants in the U.S. are ozone, or smog, and particle pollution. They can be harmful to the health of hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. You could be one of them, especially if you're very young, an older American, or otherwise on the list below.

    Air Quality- Important at Every Age 

    Two of the most common pollutants in the U.S. are ozone, or smog, and particle pollution. You may know that people with heart or lung disease are at greater risk.

    • People with cardiovascular disease (your heart and blood vessels) are at risk from particle pollution, which can contribute to heart attacks, strokes, cardiac arrest, and congestive heart failure. Ozone can also harm the heart.  And both particle pollution and ozone can increase the risk for premature death.
    • For people with asthma and other lung disease, both ozone and particle pollution can make  symptoms like coughing and wheezing worse– and can lead to a trip to the doctor or hospital.
    • Children and teenagers are more susceptible to air pollution because their lungs are still developing, they are usually more active outdoors, and they breathe more air per pound of body weight than adults. Both ozone and particle pollution can prevent children’s lungs from working and developing like they should. Children are also more likely to have asthma, which can increase health risks.
    • Older Adults. As we age, our risk for heart and lung diseases generally increases, and risk of harm from ozone and particle pollution does too. Factors that increase your risk for heart disease and stroke – like being overweight, having diabetes, or having high blood pressure or high cholesterol – also may increase your risk of harm from particle pollution.
    • Even healthy adults who are active outdoors are at risk from ozone, which can make it more difficult to breathe deeply, cause coughing or a scratchy throat, and inflame and damage the lining of the lungs – damage that can continue even after symptoms are gone.

    So what’s the good news? Air pollution doesn’t have to make you sick – you can do something about it. Take action to reduce your pollution exposure by referring to the Air Quality Index (AQI).  When you need to, adjust your outdoor activities to reduce the amount of pollution you breathe in-- while still getting exercise. It’s not difficult – and your health is worth it.

    Learn more about air quality from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the US EPA. Also check out the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA’s) air quality prediction capability.

    Wednesday: Air Quality and Your Health

    You're doing a lot of things to keep your heart healthy. You eat right. You exercise. You don't smoke. Are you paying attention to air quality? If not, today's the day to start.

    Air Quality & Your Health

    You’re doing a lot of things to keep your heart healthy. You eat right. You exercise. You don’t smoke. Are you paying attention to air quality? If not, today’s the day to start.

    Air pollution – especially particle pollution -- is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Exposure to fine particles has been linked to heart attacks, strokes, and early death in people with heart disease.

    What can you do? Do everything you’re supposed to for good heart health. And pay attention to the Air Quality Index (AQI) – especially if have heart disease, or if you’re at greater risk of a heart attack (including men over 45 and women over 55).

    When the AQI forecast reaches Code Orange (unhealthy for sensitive groups) make some adjustments to your exercise plans. Walking instead of running, or weeding your garden instead of moving a lot of heavy mulch, are just a couple of examples of things you can do to reduce the amount of pollution you breathe in when you exercise. And always exercise away from busy roads if you can: particle levels generally are higher in those areas.

    Don’t wait for symptoms to tell you if particles are affecting you: your first symptom could be a heart attack.

    Learn more about protecting your health with the Air Quality Index.

    Protect your heart from air pollution with EPA’s Healthy Hearts program.

    The Million Hearts® federal program brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, and private-sector partners to fight heart disease and stroke.

    Thursday: Get Outside . . . with the Air Quality Index!

    During the warmer months, people tend to increase their exposure to air pollution because more people are outside working in the yard, swimming, doing sports and summer camps, and camping.

    Get Outside…with the Air Quality Index !

    Let’s say that ozone air quality where you live is forecast to be code orange tomorrow. If you’re a runner – even if you’re healthy – the air quality can be harmful to you.  Reduce the amount of ozone you breathe in a few ways:  Plan your run for the morning, when ozone levels generally are lower; shorten your run, walk instead,  or run on a treadmill indoors, where ozone levels are lower.

    On a day when particles are forecast to be at code orange or above, take similar steps if you have heart or lung disease. Do something less intense – like walking instead of running; take a shorter run; or reschedule your run for a time when air quality is better.

    AQI recommendations apply to other outdoor activities, too – including activities like working in the garden! So on a poor air quality day, think about doing less-strenuous chores, like light raking or pruning instead of heavy shoveling or planting. Also, take more frequent breaks – resting reduces your exposure.

    Find your AQI forecast:

    • On AirNow
    • Download the free AirNow app for iPhone or Android.
    • Sign up for AirNow EnviroFlash, a free service that sends air quality info to your e-mail or mobile phone e-mail address.
    • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides additional Air Quality Forecast Guidance.

    Use the Activity Guidelines to promote both an active lifestyle and air quality health for children and teenagers.

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    Friday: Traveler's Health

    Don't forget to check the Air Quality Index when you're on vacation or travel. No matter where you go, you can always access the AQI.

    Travelers' Health

    Don’t forget to check the Air Quality Index when you’re on vacation or travel in the U.S.

    Get the daily AQI forecast for the city you’re visiting on the AirNow website, by signing up for free EnviroFlash email notifications, or by downloading the AirNow app for iPhone and Android – all available at

    Find out about the overall air quality in an area before you visit.  AirCompare provides local air quality information to help you make informed, health-protective decisions about moving or vacationing. This easy-to-use tool can tell you what time of year an area has the best air quality, and whether the air quality has improved .

    AirCompare allows you to compare air quality between counties, based on specific health concerns or activity level. You can also use AirCompare to get the monthly average of unhealthy air quality days for up to 10 counties within one state or multiple states.

    Also check out the air quality in National Parks.


  • World Immunization Week

    Close gapThe WHO (World Health Organization) promotes World Immunization Week a bit differently than we would in the US - this is a Friday-Thursday awareness week.

    Close the immunization gap

    The World Immunization Week, which will be held from 24-30 April 2015, will signal a renewed global, regional, and national effort to accelerate action to increase awareness and demand for immunization by communities, and improve vaccination delivery services. This year’s campaign focuses on closing the immunization gap and reaching equity in immunization levels as outlined in the Global Vaccine Action Plan, which is a framework to prevent millions of deaths by 2020 through universal access to vaccines for people in all communities.


  • Earth Day 2015


    Each year, Earth Day is recognized and celebrated on April 22 -- This year marks the 45th anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

    The height of hippie and flower-child culture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. Protest was the order of the day, but saving the planet was not the cause. War raged in Vietnam, and students nationwide increasingly opposed it.

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    Earth Day

    Businesses & Earth Day

    At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. “Environment” was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news.  Although mainstream America remained oblivious to environmental concerns, the stage had been set for change by the publication of Rachel Carson's New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962.  The book represented a watershed moment for the modern environmental movement, selling more than 500,000 copies in 24 countries and, up until that moment, more than any other person, Ms. Carson raised public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and public health.Earth Day

    Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center.

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    The Climate Petition

    Sign up! Join the largest climate petition to save the world. Tell local, national and international leaders to phase out carbon.


    Support Environmental Education

    Did you know that Congress is currently in the process of setting the federal budget for the fiscal year 2015? Tell Congress to include funding for environmental education.



    Reduce Energy Consumption

    Almost half of the greenhouse gas emissions in the US come from the energy we use to power our homes and our cars. Take the pledge to reduce your energy consumption today!



    Create Art to Raise Awareness

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    © Daniel Beltrá courtesy of Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago - A Call for Submissions to “Footing the Bill: Art and our Ecological Footprint”



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