EPA: ‘Earth Day Is Like the Super Bowl and The Final Four Combined’

By Penny Starr | April 22, 2016 | 3:22 PM EDT

 
 
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In a blog posted on the Environmental Protection Agency’s website on Thursday entitled “Water You Up To For Earth Day,” the author compared environmentalists’ enthusiasm for the occasion to the excitement fans feel for Super Bowl and the Final Four.

“For anyone who is passionate about environmental protection, Earth Day is like the Super Bowl and the Final Four combined,” the blog said. “This year is no exception: all month long, staff from EPA’s Mid-Atlantic Office have been out across the region talking with adults and children about the importance of environmental protection and sharing ways everyone can be part of a cleaner, greener future.”

Despite the blog’s title, the author noted that the theme of Earth Day 2016 is focused on reducing food waste and “food recovery.”

“EPA estimates that more food reaches landfills than any other single type of trash,” the blog said. “Since so much went into producing that food – water, energy, fertilizer, transportation – consider purchasing only what you need, donating the food, or composting scraps.”

There’s also a link to a video that suggests people should “shop your fridge” before heading to the grocery store.