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.

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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?

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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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Address 2612 Lane Park Rd
City Birmingham
Instagram @bbgardens
Notes A mission-driven membership organization, the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens seeks to protect, nurture, and share the wonders of the Gardens. We are dedicated to serving the Gardens, serving the community, serving our visitors, and inspiring a passion for plants, gardens, and the environment. Join us by becoming a Friend of the Gardens today!

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Address 2320 Highland Ave. S, Suite 270
City Birmingham
Facebook @gaspgroup
Instagram @gaspgroup
Donation URL gaspgroup.org/give

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Address 2545 7th Avenue North
City Birmingham
Notes A Birmingham Police Officer who started a Foundation to help all during the Pandemic One face mask at a time , It’s Cool to be Covered

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Address 283 Lyon Lane
City Birmingham
Instagram @redmountainpark

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Address 1214 81st street south
City Birmingham
Facebook @ruffnermountain
Instagram @ruffnermt
Notes Ruffner Mountain is a 1,038 acre urban nature preserve in the heart of Birmingham, Alabama providing science and nature education programming, 14 miles of trails, and a protected area for thousands of species of native flora and fauna. It is a site for Citizen Science programs and an array of scientist conducted research projects, including native bat and amphibian surveys, research into the causes of American Chestnut Blight, and groves of new-growth longleaf pine. Each year, through nature education programming and access to green space, it impacts the lives of countless students and scores of schools and universities across the state. Today, Ruffner Mountain’s mission is to advance the understanding of ecology in a rapidly changing world. Ruffner Mountain provides Jefferson County with a unique public resource because it touches on just about every aspect of life — education, employment growth, youth development, pollution control and, not least, public health.

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Address 900 Arkadelphia Road
City Birmingham
Notes This would normally be our peak season for school field trips to our campus and Turkey Creek facilities

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Address 1907 5th Street S
City Birmingham
Facebook @sweetalabama5
Instagram @sweetalabama5

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Address 2100 1st Ave North, Suite 500
City Birmingham
Instagram @nature_alabama
Notes From rare and endangered plants and animals to prairies, forests and the Gulf coast, The Nature Conservancy is working to protect Alabama for people and nature.
Donation URL Stand up for Nature

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Address 186 Oxmoor Road, Suite 116
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Notes The West Homewood Company is a non-profit corporation located in the heart of the West Homewood community. We manage the popular West Homewood Farmer's Market and have launched our new company for the purpose of helping tell the stories of the people and businesses of West Homewood. In telling our stories we hope to reveal additional good initiatives, like the market, that will serve our community.

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Pass It On Down

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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”

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Pat Byington
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.
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