LWVGB participates in "Picnic for the Planet" at Railroad Park
Photographs courtesy of Natalie Johnson.
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On April 22, 2012,
Leaguers were
among hundreds
of citizens who came to "Picnic for the Planet" in Railroad Park in downtown Birmingham, AL. On this beautiful Sunday afternoon, people came to celebrate nature and the earth's abundance with song, fun and food… lots of food! The picnickers were many, and they may have broken a "Guinness World Record" for the most number of people picnicking in a 24 your period around the world! Stay tuned. There was live music from the Jason Bailey Band, The Arc, and Blue Galaxy String Project. Over 50 artfully rendered picnic tables surrounded the area. And there were plenty of activities for the kids. Have you ever had to dodge a giant rolling Earth commanded by an 8-year-old? The children were totally fascinated by the many animals exhibited by Andy Schertz, Programs Dept. Supervisor at the Birmingham Zoo. They even got to pet some of them.

The LWVGB was represented among several groups who stand up for the preservation of Alabama's treasured natural environment and advocate for measures that will promote clean air and water purity. Joyce Lanning, LWVGB and LWVAL Environmental Chair, spoke with visitors who dropped by the League's table. She answered their questions and explained that the League of Women Voters "supports measures to promote an environment beneficial to life through the protection of natural resources in the public interest…" and "… believes that natural resources should be managed as interrelated parts of healthy ecosystems. Resources should be conserved and protected to assure their future availability. Pollution of these resources, especially air and water, should be controlled in order to preserve the physical, chemical, and biological integrity of the environment and to protect public health."

Thank you to the Alabama Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, Railroad Park, the Birmingham Zoo, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham, photographer Natalie Johnson, and all others who contributed to this very fun day!

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