White House Web site for Earth Day suggests ways to aid the environment

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Adapted from The Post's climate change blog.

President offers Earth Day advice

Can't get enough of the Earth Day festivities? Try logging onto the White House's new Earth Day Web site.

The site not only includes a video of President Obama touting Earth Day's importance, it also directs you to a handy list, provided by the Environmental Protection Agency, called "Pick 5 for the Environment," that allows you to select from a menu of 10 green activities that you might like to commit to, such as conserving water, recycling and testing your home for radon.

Obama tells Americans in the video, "I want you to take action -- in your home or your community; at your school or your business -- to improve our environment. It can be as simple as riding the bus or the subway to work, making your home more energy-efficient, or organizing your neighbors to clean up a nearby park."

And let's be honest -- neither the president nor the first lady takes the subway. Michelle Obama even complained she'd like to ride the Metro in the latest issue of Condé Nast Traveler.

But we're confident she and the president will be testing the White House for radon any day now, and you can't get a more eco-friendly commute than walking downstairs to work every morning. (But let's not mention all those Air Force One flights Obama takes to business meetings with other world leaders.)

-- Juliet Eilperin

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