Here is a little Birmingham Earth Day history. On this day, April 22, 1990, President George H.W. Bush celebrated the 20th Earth Day at Birmingham-Southern College. The occasion? He was presenting the college a “Point of Light Award” award and signing a national declaration supporting recycling.
Thirty years later in the spirit of that event, the Alabama Rivers Alliance and Alabama Environmental Council have launched today a 50th Anniversary Earth Day pledge.
Check it out – HERE.
The pledge calls on individuals, businesses, faith-based leaders, nonprofit leaders and public officials to commit and take actions supporting clean water, air and land.
“It was citizen activism and participation that made the first Earth Day possible in 1970 and it is citizen activism and participation that keeps our water, air, and land protected every day of every year,” said Cindy Lowry, executive director of Alabama Rivers Alliance. “We hope you’ll join the Alabama Rivers Alliance and Alabama Environmental Council in pledging to protect Alabama’s environment for the next 50 years!”
Local businesses such as Rojo and Tropicaleo have committed to sign onto the pledge, along with State Representative Neil Rafferty. Alabama Interfaith Power and Light has signed on as a faith-based group.
Recent Bham Now Stories
Need some additional ideas for Earth Day? Bham Now has published a number of earth-friendly stories. Here are just a few:
Looking for Ways to Get Involved this Earth Day?
Birmingham is blessed with a wide variety of groups working on behalf of planet earth.
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If you see a group missing, register them – HERE.
Pass It On Down
In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, let’s follow the wise words from the legendary country music group Alabama. From their song “Pass It On Down.”
“So let’s leave some blue up above us Let’s leave some green on the ground. It’s only ours to borrow, let’s save some for tomorrow. Leave it and pass it on down”