“Think Globally and Act Locally”
For most of us, that bumper sticker slogan best represents Earth Day. We all want to know…
What can I do personally to protect and preserve my little piece of the planet right here in Birmingham?
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, I’ve compiled some of my favorite Bham Now earth-friendly stories featuring planet saving actions you can take right here in the Magic City.
Let’s check them out.
Birmingham’s Garden of Eden
Just last week, Bham Now’s Beth Cunningham gave our readers a virtual tour of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
The gardens are truly one of our most cherished community treasures. Not only are they beautiful, the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens provides nature based workshops and educational opportunities year-round. Joining the Friends of BBG is invaluable – and that includes membership perks for their Native Plant sales!
You Are What You Eat
Food from local farms is more nutritious and eco-friendly. Period. One of the best things you can do ecologically is support your local farmer. Why buy fruits and vegetables from all over the world when most of it can come within a hundred mile radius.
Protect Our Pollinators!
Did you know one southeastern blueberry bee can pollinate 6000 flowers in their lifetime. We need bees more than you can imagine.
The good folks at Birmingham-Southern College know it too. That’s why they are promoting bee and pollinator gardens. Back in March they gave us some helpful tips on how to create your garden too.
Be Like Julia Tutwiler
Late last year, Bham Now produced a series of stories about Alabama’s native plants and their importance to our landscape. We provided loads of helpful tips and who knew Julia Tutwiler, one of Alabama’s most celebrated women in state history discovered one of the rarest plants in the world!
How and Where to Plant Trees
Here is an April 22nd tip on tree planting. In Alabama, April is NOT a good month to plant trees . Try December and January, and early February. On April 1st of this year, we published a story about the best kinds of trees to plant in Birmingham. We also featured the work of the Nature Conservancy in Alabama and all the great urban forestry opportunities they are offering.
Know What Is “In” Your Water Swim and Fish Guides
When you go swimming in a lake, river or creek, do you know if it is safe to do so? Thanks to the Coosa Riverkeeper they have led the “Right to Know” movement in Alabama. A few years back they created the Swim and Fish Guides. What are they? Simply put, the Coosa Riverkeeper monitors the waters and fish advisories in the Coosa Watershed and through a little bit of technology, they warn you when it is safe to eat fish and swim. Important stuff.
“We Dare to Defend Our Rights” – FISH GUIDE aims to protect the health and rights of Alabama fishermen and families
Need additional tips on how you can protect our rivers? A few years ago, we produced a list of river advocates and their programs in and around Birmingham
Groups In and Around Birmingham – Bham Now Nonprofit Directory
Birmingham is blessed with a wide variety of groups working on behalf of planet earth.
The Bham Now nonprofit directory has 14 conservations/nature organizations and the list keeps growing daily. Is there a group missing on the list? Urge them to sign up!
Found: 15, showing 5 per page
Hope you enjoyed our journey of Bham Now earth-friendly stories that include tips and useful action items.
My last words of advice this 50th Anniversary of Earth Day comes from the great poet and nature writer Gary Snyder.
“Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there.”