2 Southern Exposure documentaries notch EarthxFilm Festival Impact Awards

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In the center L to R – Justinn Overton, Victoria Miller and John Haley. Photo via Alabama Rivers Alliance

Two 2020 Southern Exposure documentaries were recognized with an Impact Award at the EarthxFilm Festival in Dallas. The film festival is one of the largest and most prestigious environmental film festivals in the country.

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5 key moments that shaped environmental history in Birmingham since the first Earth Day

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Volunteers at W.E. Putnam Middle School’s Audubon-Datnow Forest Preserve. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Happy Earth Day Birmingham! On this day, April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day was celebrated not only here in the Magic City, but across the planet. 

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Alabama Rivers Alliance River Defender beer available in Bham + other new brews

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River Defender logo from the Alabama Rivers Alliance

We dare to defend our rivers!

For years, this has been the motto of the Birmingham-based Alabama Rivers Alliance (ARA). In fact, you can probably visit their office downtown across from the Cathedral Church of the Advent and purchase a koozie, bumper sticker or t-shirt.

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Register today for the Alabama Rivers Alliance’s Water Rally and Southern Exposure Films Premiere

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Filmmakers David Diaz and Kaiitlyn McMurray. Photo courtesy of Alabama Rivers Alliance

If you care about Alabama’s rivers, creeks, lakes and watersheds, this is the most important week of the year for you.

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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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13th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival to be shown at the new Sidewalk Cinema on October 20

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

Don’t miss this year’s much anticipated 13th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Birmingham at its new location, the  Sidewalk Cinema, on Sunday, October 20th, 2:00pm (doors at 1:00).

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Birmingham River Heroes honored at Alabama Rivers Alliance annual river celebration

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Coosa Riverkeeper’s Justinn Overton, Frank Chitwood and Karli Riley. Photo by Charles Miller.

Earlier this month, the Alabama Rivers Alliance recognized leaders from Birmingham and across the state at their River Celebration Awards Banquet as part of their annual Alabama Water Rally conference.

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16 things I learned at Alabama’s 2018 solar home tour in Blount County

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Solar home in Blount County. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

Alabama is not exactly known for solar homes. But drive north from Birmingham through the beautiful countryside of Blount County, and you will find five, all within 10 minutes of each other. Earlier this October, I went up for this small community’s annual solar home tour. Here’s what I learned. 

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