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.
Bham Now Director Pat Byington sat down with the next speaker in the BOLD Speaker Series; Polar Researcher Dr. Jim McClintock .
McClintock touches on several topics including climate change in Antarctica and Alabama; how he would “educate” President-elect Trump about the devastating impacts of climate change he has seen up close in Antarctica and a personal story about why he chose Hand in Paw as his BOLD Speaker Series charity. Join us on Tuesday, Dec. 6th 5:30 at Avondale Brewery. Limited seats. Get tickets here
According to the latest unofficial results posted on the Secretary of State’s website, State Parks Amendment 2 garnered 79.80 percent of the votes in favor of the constitutional amendment.
The tally with 61 of the 67 counties reporting:
Yes – 1,267,557 – 79.80%
No – 320,856 – 20.20%
Amendment 2 was the top vote-getter among the 14 constitutional amendments astonishingly receiving 212,000 more “yes” votes than any other ballot measure.
“Alabamians have once again shown their support for our state parks. This is a tremendous win for conservation and for our state’s most precious places,” stated Tammy Herrington, Executive Director, Conservation Alabama in an email to supporters.
Once again, this week’s news was dominated by the drought and another pipeline disaster in Shelby County.
In the good news category, there was some progress made on the proposals to create two National Parks in Anniston and Birmingham and on the coast the Alabama Coastal Foundation the launched the state’s first oyster shell recycling program.
It is hard to believe that Shane Hulsey passed away 10 years ago. I was reminded of his passing yesterday when his sisters Sierra and Ashley posted a beautiful video in his memory for a contest to raise funds for the Hulsey Little River Trust – a land trust founded in honor of him.
Here is the video and the link to the contest. As they say, vote early and often till November 18th.
Yesterday, Bloomberg View columnist and former Birmingham News reporter and writer Justin Fox delivered a presentation to the Rotary Club of Birmingham about the U.S. Economy and the upcoming Presidential election.
This afternoon, Bham Now’s Pat Byington caught up with Fox at Rushton Park on Birmingham’s Southside to talk about Birmingham, the state of Alabama and a little politics, including how the financial markets will react to Clinton and Trump.
Here is the link to the Bham Now’s Facebook page with the “Facebook Live interview.”