(WASHINGTON) -- The Department
of the Interior announced today that it has launched EarthDay.gov, a
Web site developed in cooperation with other federal agencies, providing
Americans a comprehensive guide to environmental service opportunities
and Earth Day events sponsored by the federal government.
The site is the first interagency effort to create a comprehensive federal
resource for citizens who want to participate in Earth Day and other
year-round environmental activities.
President Bush has asked all federal agencies to support volunteer service
this Earth Day. "In the three decades since the first Earth Day
celebration, our air is cleaner, our water is purer, and our natural
resources are better protected. We have learned from our successes and
are putting that experience to work at the federal, state and local
government level. Additionally, all Americans can help protect our natural
resources by being good stewards of our air, water, and land,"
said President Bush.
"On Earth Day 2003, we celebrate not only the accomplishments of
the past three decades but also the promise of the future represented
by a growing partnership between the government and the people to conserve
our air, our water, and our land and its wildlife," said Interior
Secretary Gale A. Norton. "With the encouragement of federal and
state governments, citizen-conservationists across America are the driving
force behind thousands of projects to protect and restore our natural
resources. Working together, we will help create an even healthier world
for our children and grandchildren."
Visitors can search the Web site by state and region to find community
service opportunities and Earth Day events where they live. In addition
to events, it allows visitors to download classroom curricula and find
additional information about the environment. EarthDay.gov
also allows visitors to directly access the large database of environmental
service opportunities that are part of the USA Freedom Corps Volunteer
Network. The USA Freedom Corps is President Bush's initiative to engage
Americans in volunteer service.