Groups release 50th Anniversary Earth Day pledge. Also, see list of 14 local nature nonprofits

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Photo of Little River Canyon 2017 – by Pat Byington, Bham Now

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.

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Photo courtesy of the Southern Environmental Center at Birmingham-Southern College

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.

Screenshot of the Earth Day pledge.

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:

Take a walk through Birmingham Botanical Gardens—virtually, of course!

6 ways to become an Alabama native plant champion like Julia Tutwiler

What you can do to protect Alabama’s natural health and beauty

Who Knew? Alabama ranks first in biodiversity. How did that happen?

Looking for Ways to Get Involved this Earth Day?

Birmingham Botanical Gardens Earth Day Alabama 1
A lesson learned at a past Earth Day event: even one drop of leaked oil matters. If every car in Jefferson County leaked one drop of oil, it could pollute 16 million gallons of water. Photo submitted

Birmingham is blessed with a wide variety of groups working on behalf of planet earth. 

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Entity Alabama Audubon
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Address 3720 4th Ave. S., 2nd Floor
City Birmingham
Facebook @alaudubon
Instagram @alaudubon
Notes We’re doing Facebook live birding videos and free online classes so you can learn more about the birds you love!
Donation URL alaudubon.org/give/

Entity Alabama Environmental Council
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Address P.O. Box 2114
City Birmingham
Facebook @aeconline
Instagram @aeconline
Notes Since 1967, the AEC has led wildness protection and recycling for five decades.

Entity Alabama Rivers Alliance
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Address 2014 6th Avenue North, Suite 200
City Birmingham
Facebook @alabama.rivers
Instagram @alabamarivers
Notes Alabama Rivers Alliance is a statewide network of groups working to protect and restore all of Alabama’s water resources through building partnerships, empowering citizens, and advocating for sound water policy and its enforcement.

Entity Alabama Scenic River Trail
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Address 1400 Louise Drive
City Jacksonville
Notes The Alabama Scenic River trail exists to promote water recreation, tourism, and education. We offer a reprieve from daily life, to extend joy and encourage exploration of our state's beautiful natural resources. Check out our website to find interactive trip-planning resources.

Entity Black Warrior Riverkeeper
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Address 712 37th Street South
City Birmingham
Notes Twitter: @bwriverkeeper

Entity Cahaba River Society
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Address 2717 7th Ave South, Suite 205
City Birmingham
Notes Founded in 1988, our mission is to restore and protect the Cahaba River Watershed and its rich diversity of life. We impact our central Alabama watershed, the Birmingham metro area, and policy at the state, regional, and national level. Our programs achieve three goals: 1. Inspire River Stewardship 2. Restore the River 3. Build Our Impact.
Donation URL Donate

Entity Cahaba Riverkeeper
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Address 4650 Old Looney Mill Road
City Birmingham
Instagram @Cahabariverkeep
Notes SWIM GUIDE: Know "Is it safe to swim here?"

Entity Conservation Alabama
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Address PO Box 2665
City Mobile
Donation URL Become a member today!

Entity Coosa Riverkeeper
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Address 102-B Croft Street
City Birmingham
Instagram @coosariverkeeper
Notes Our mission is to protect, restore, and promote the Coosa River and its tributaries in Alabama. We patrol the waters, educate the public, and advocate for the Coosa River and its tributaries in Alabama.

Entity Freshwater Land Trust
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Address 2308 1st Avenue North
City Birmingham

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Pass It On Down

Screenshot from the film “Something About Little River” . From Alabama Rivers Alliance Facebook page.

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”

  • Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.