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Earth Day - April 22

Earth Day began on April 22, 1970 – 45 years ago - and today is celebrated by millions of people in over 190 countries around the world.  It is considered the birth of the modern environmental movement and led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act.  The actions resulting from Earth Day have cleaned up rivers, established standards to reduce air pollution, and established community recycling programs to reduce waste.

However, today our Earth is under significantly more stress than in the 1970's.  The rapid growth in population has created greater energy demand, greater food demand, greater water demand, greater consumerism, and more garbage and waste – all contributing to climate change and destruction of our natural resources. 

If we are to preserve our Earth we must change behaviors - as individuals, as communities, and as governments.  Everything we do has a positive - or negative - effect on our Earth.

Next Green Drinks is

April 29,  2015

               

On this 45th anniversary of the first Earth Day, let us make a renewed commitment to make our communities healthy and sustainable for the future.

Learn more about Earth Day HERE.

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 Upcoming Events!

Click on an Event below or check our Calendar (above) for more!

April 29, 2015 5:30 PM • Saint Patrick's Irish Pub at Midtown Pass, 1019 North Monroe Street, between 3rd and 5th Avenue
April 29, 2015 6:30 PM • Lively Café in St. John’s Episcopal Church, entrance on Calhoun Street between Tennessee and Call Streets in Tallahassee
May 02, 2015 9:00 AM • 2280 Miccosukee Road, Tallahassee
May 05, 2015 2:00 PM • The Sharing Tree, 218 East 3rd Avenue, in the heart of Midtown
May 09, 2015 9:00 AM • Leon County Extension Office, 615 Paul Russell Road, Tallahassee

We want to include community sustainability events on our calendar!
Click HERE for details and email to: calendar@sustainabletallahassee.org 


“Florida Waters: Fountains of Youth?
or Fountains of Yuk?”

“Florida has experienced exponential growth over the past 50+ years, with very little forethought about how the state would look with an additional 15 million residents and some 80 million annual visitors…. One of the first questions that should have been asked was where will the water for such a population surge come from and what will we do with the sewage from all these people?“  This is a must-read article by Linda Young, published in the Florida Clean Water Network on February 13, 2015.  Read her entire article HERE.

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TAPP: Environmental Crossroads for Wakulla Springs

Wakulla Springs is a North Florida treasure and one of the largest fresh water springs in the world. Protecting this precious natural resource is vital for future generations.  This video by the City of Tallahassee's TAPP (Think About Personal Pollution) program provides an excellent explanation and illustration of the water quality issues that must be resolved in order to restore the health of Wakulla Springs.


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Floridians’ Clean Water Declaration Campaign

Sustainable Tallahassee has signed the Floridians’ Clean Water Declaration because we value our waters and know that water is our state’s most precious - and most vulnerable - resource. 

  

The Floridians’ Clean Water Declaration Campaign is a . . .“collaborative effort driven by dozens of civic and environmental organizations from around the state. We are coming together to create a force for change – a change in the water policies of the state of Florida. By sharing ideas and resources across stakeholder lines and watersheds, we will be stronger – stronger together to command our right to clean water.”

Both organizations and individuals can sign the declaration.  Clean water is essential for our health, our environment, our economy, 
our children - for us all and our future.  For more information: http://www.wewantcleanwater.com/.


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