"The choice we face is not between saving the environment and saving our economy. The choice we face is between prosperity and decline."
In the lead-up to the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012, the Obama Administration is challenging America's youth to lend their voices to tell the world what they are doing to foster sustainable communities and help create an America built to last.
America's youth and young adults have unlimited potential to generate innovative solutions to environment and energy challenges, and make an impact in their homes, schools, communities and beyond. As countries around the world prepare to gather at Rio+20 for a global conversation on sustainable development, this is an important time to highlight the link between economic, social, and environmental progress here at home. We need your energy, innovation, and expertise to create and advance the sustainability solutions of the 21st century. Share your story, mobilize others, and demonstrate how all Americans have the power to impact health and quality of life in their communities.
Winning videos will be chosen by a panel of Administration officials and featured at the U.S. Center in Rio during the conference. Challenge winners also will be invited to the White House for a special event on sustainability leadership.
IDEAS FOR ACTION
Ensuring Clean Air & Clean Energy
Click here to learn about the Administration’s energy and environment initiatives.
Save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
How clean is the energy you use? Find out, and discover where you can find clean, green energy.
Learn about practical solutions to save your energy use at home and on the road.
Perform a home energy assessment, the first step in making your home more energy efficient.
Build on your home’s energy efficiency, and take steps to become more environmentally friendly.
Protecting and Enjoying America’s Lands and Waters
Click here to learn about the Administration’s conservation agenda.
Discover places and opportunities for outdoor learning, and search the one-stop shop for federal student internships with the Department of the Interior.
Conduct projects to help restore and protect public natural, cultural, and historic resources.
Keep up to date with the initiative that made community-based conservation a priority.
Learn some simple steps to reduce home water use.
Learn how to make smart water choices.
Find opportunities to volunteer across America and help promote the stewardship of our public lands.
Volunteer in our National Parks and help care for these special places.
Use this database to find recreation areas, campsites, tours and permit locations near you.
Supporting Healthy Living and Communities
Help to break down traditional silos among housing, transportation, and environmental protection.
Access resources on nutrition and health to help you achieve your ideal diet.
Volunteer this summer and prevent summer reading loss and childhood obesity.
Step-by-step guide to start a community preparedness initiative in your neighborhood.
Promoting Education and Healthy Learning Environments
Learn how to enroll your school in EPA’s ecoAmbassadors program.
Encourage your school to promote an environmentally friendly learning environment.
Learn how to create wildlife habitat at your school.
Get involved in this critical part of building a healthy and competitive nation.
Explore ways to choose and pay for your education beyond high school.
Learn how to build a career in education.
WHAT IS RIO+20
In 1992, world leaders came together in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to discuss the challenges of promoting economic prosperity, building healthy, open and just societies, and ensuring the health of our natural resources. The Earth Summit was the largest international meeting on the environment ever convened, and produced several important agreements to promote sustainable development.
From June 20-22, 2012, government, business and civic leaders will again come together at "Rio+20," formally known as the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, to discuss new challenges and take action to build a healthy and sustainable future. Enter the Youth Sustainability Challenge and join the conversation by telling the world what you are doing to create a healthier community, country and planet.
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