The Washington Times - April 20, 2011, 05:33PM



The Environmental Protection Agency wants kids to rap about climate change. No, not talk about it, rap about it. The EPA web site has a downloadable tune called “Click It — Flip It” intended to inspire kids to live more sustainable lifestyles. The nearly fine minute long song urges kids to:

Click it, flip it, turn the handle to the right, turn off the water, twist the handle real tight. Slip on your sneakers, lace em up tight, leave the car parked you know that’s alright. Public transportation is the way to go, it’s one of the ways to keep emissions low, you can ride your bike, instead of the car, if we save on fuel then we’ll all go far.
You can pick up paper and recycle it too, and there are many other things that you can do. You can click off the game boy, flip off the light, while you’re brushing your teeth, turn the handle to the right. Close the fridge door - keep it shut tight, no food has been added since the middle of the night. A 5 minute shower is all that’s needed to keep energy from being depleted. A long sleeve sweater is what I know – will keep you toasty and the fuel bills low. Plant a tree in your neighborhood, besides giving shade you know it looks real good…

The song was recorded by Ted Coopwood of the EPA’s Office of Children’s Health Programs, who has written a number of raps intended to galvanize kids to take an interest in the environment. Mr. Coopwood is “responsible for developing and implementing environmental health activities and programs to protect children and older adults from environmental exposures” and was named a “Point of Light” by President George H.W. Bush.

Download “Click It — Flip It” to blast out at your Earth Day celebrations because if this won’t save the planet nothing will.


EPA website graphic