The Challenge of Earth Day
Earth Day comes with lots of flurry
Do great things and in a hurry
Every waking hour is reckoned
As “How long till the twenty-second?”
Earth Day comes with expectations
Big events and presentations
“But what if this year,” someone said,
“We did a better thing instead?”
Spare our lakes and our landfills
A million pounds*, a million pills!
Don't throw out that old computer
Do a thing that's far astuter…
Medications in the water
That's a thing you hadn't oughter
Pharma waste can harm the fauna
This Earth Week we hope you're gonna
Find an e-waste drive near you.
Some are taking old meds, too!
Our Great Lakes are worth protecting!
Let's get out and start collecting!
* of electronic waste (e-waste)
Thanks to the inspiration of EPA Region 5 Administrator Mary A. Gade and the efforts of the Earth Day Challenge workgroup, more than 100 events have joined the 2008 Great Lakes Earth Day Challenge. Our goal is to collect, all around the Great Lakes Basin, 1 million pills of outdated or unwanted medicine, and 1 million pounds of e-waste. You can learn more at the Earth Day Challenge web site and its companion blog. Even if you don't live near the Great Lakes, I hope you'll do your part this Earth Day and recycle something you might otherwise throw away.