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Follow Along: Earth Day 2015

Summary: 
It's Earth Day — and all day long, we'll be keeping you updated right here with shareable videos, photos, and opportunities to add your voice to the #ActOnClimate conversation.

President Obama celebrated Earth Day this week by visiting the Florida Everglades where he spoke about the threat that climate change poses to our economy and to the world. While there, he sat down with Bill Nye the Science Guy to discuss that threat, conservation, and science education in America. Watch that conversation below:

It's Earth Day -- and all day long, we'll be keeping you updated right here with videos, photos, and opportunities to add your voice to the #ActOnClimate conversation. Follow along here for highlights from the President's trip to the Everglades -- and speak up on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the hashtag #ActOnClimate. We'll be reading and sharing what we hear from you.

Here's what we've got on tap for the day:

This morning, the President is heading to the Florida Everglades along with Bill Nye the Science Guy and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

At 3 p.m. ET, the President will deliver remarks from the Everglades.

At 3:30 p.m. ET, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will hold a Twitter Q&A on Latino public health.

 


Engage: Make #EarthDay personal for your friends and followers

Earlier this week, Senior Advisor Brian Deese wrote Americans around the country, encouraging them to help make the importance of fighting the effects of climate change personal and local for their friends and followers by sharing a photo of the park or natural space they're fighting to protect.

Share yours using hashtag #ActOnClimate or send it our way here.


Watch: How we've helped reduce acid rain since the 90s

There are conservation efforts happening around the country today (and every day) -- find one near you.


Follow and Share: U.S. Department of the Interior on Instagram

One of our favorite Instagram accounts is the U.S. Department of the Interior's -- consistently featuring interesting environmental stats and beautiful, sweeping photos of our nation's most beautiful outdoor spaces. If you're not following @usinterior, today's the perfect day to change that.


Watch: Here's how small actions can add up to big environmental change

Sometimes, it can be daunting to think about the kind of big, sweeping changes we need to make on climate in terms of individual, local actions. That's why, in honor of Earth Day, the Department of Energy put together an inspiring video highlighting the stories of the small but powerful things Americans across the country are doing every day.

Give it a watch, share your own using hashtag #MySmallAct -- and pass this on to anyone in your life who doesn't think small acts make a difference.


From the Archives: Past Presidential trips to the Everglades

President Obama isn't the first President or Cabinet member to visit the Everglades. Check out a few photos of other Presidential and Cabinet trips to this region over the years.

President Truman in the Everglades

Harry S. Truman speaking at the dedication of Everglades National Park in Florida. Also present and visible behind the President are (from left to right): John Steelman, Clark Clifford, Admiral William D. Leahy, Stanley Woodward, and Major General Harry Vaughan. December 6, 1947. (by the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum)


You told us: How you're acting on climate

All week long, you've been sharing how you act on climate -- from what you're doing in your own communities to the natural spaces you're fighting to preserve.

Add your voice to the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using hashtag #ActOnClimate, or drop us a line here.


From the road: The President talks to a group of students in the Everglades

Today, more than 80 percent of American families live in urban areas, and many don't have access to safe outdoor spaces. This past February, the Obama Administration launched a new initiative to provide all 4th grade students and their families free admission to all National Parks and other federal lands and waters for a full year -- starting with the 2015-2016 school year.

Find your park here -- and then make sure the families you know realize they stand to benefit using hashtag #FindYourPark.


From the road: The President delivers remarks from the Everglades

"Refusing to say the words 'climate change' doesn't mean that it's not happening."

-- President Obama, 4/22/2015

Watch the President's full remarks from the Everglades:

Watch on YouTube


Participate: A Twitter Q&A with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

Have a question about climate change or public health issues affecting the Latino community? EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is taking your questions right now. Follow along, and tweet your questions at @GinaEPA using hashtag #LatinoHealth.