Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Pittsburgh Story: World Environment Day 2010

This post, I really feel justified focusing on the hometown, since WED is of global importance. What a blessing for us all that on October 15, 2009, the United Nations Environment Programme announced the selection of Pittsburgh as the North American Host City for World Environment Day on June 5, 2010. Building on the success of The G-20 Pittsburgh Summit in September, the selection of Pittsburgh reaffirms the region's place as a thought leader in regional innovation and transformation.

Here's the skinny taken from the WED website:

The people of Pittsburgh, perhaps better than most, understand that restoration of the natural environment and increasing biodiversity play an important role in economic recovery.

The story of Pittsburgh's transformation can best be told by our three (four) rivers — in our journey to reclaim them and to embrace the biodiversity they bring to our community.

As a long-standing innovator in energy and the environment, the Pittsburgh region is uniquely positioned to provide the sustainable solutions for the future.

Our region is addressing the legacies of acid mine drainage and antiquated water and sewer treatment facilities that pose ongoing challenges to water quality.
We are innovating sustainable solutions to permit emerging industries to create jobs.
Pittsburgh has known and addressed these challenges throughout its history.

Water Matters! In representing North America on World Environment Day, the Pittsburgh region will use its common, global dependence on water to advance the common goal of increased sustainability.

We will issue a collaborative, regional call to action across all sectors and the public at large to create an effort that will:

Celebrate the progress we have made to date in restoring the biodiversity of our region as we have transformed our economy, building on the position established during the G-20 Summit;

Connect other communities in the North American region in a conversation about the importance of water to increased biodiversity, economic development and environmental stewardship; and engage our citizens in actions they can take to be better stewards of our environment;

and Change our region for the better by developing a water-quality action plan and capacity for follow-through.

World Environment Day events
Sunday, May 30, 2010
By John Hayes, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The United Nations' choice of Pittsburgh as the 2010 host of World Environment Day might help to allay the city's lingering global reputation as a polluted industrial center.

With a mission to promote sustainable and equitable development, World Environment Day, June 5, is expected to draw the world's attention to environmental issues. Dozens of recreational activities are planned, including an attempt to field the world's largest flotilla of kayaks and canoes. Many of the activities overlap with the Three Rivers Arts Festival and are located near The Point and North Shore.

Kayaks and Canoes World Record Attempt
Motorized boat traffic will be blocked in the Pittsburgh Pool of the Ohio, Allegheny and Monongahela rivers as Venture Outdoors and other groups attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the world's largest kayak and canoe flotilla. More than 1,200 kayaks and canoes are needed to beat the record. (Already accomplished!)
9-10 a.m. Boat renters arrive at launch under Clemente Bridge
9--11 a.m. Boaters drop off boats and prep gear
11-11:30 am Staging and safety briefing
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Boats launch and raft up at the point
12:30-1 p.m. Record attempt!
2 p.m. Rivers reopened to motorized boat traffic

June 3-6 Stony-Kiski-Conemaugh Rivers Sojourn
June 4 1 Annual International Children's Painting Competition
June 4 Water Matters to Youth Too! Student Water Workshop with Dr. Mae Jemison
June 4 Three Rivers Arts Festival Kick-off
June 4-13 Convergence: Art & Environment at the Three Rivers Arts Festival
June 5 Earth Extravaganza!
June 5 Tours of Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
June 5 World Environment Day at Carnegie Science Center
June 5 Water Savers Competition Awards Ceremony
June 5 The Elements of Exploration
June 5 From the River to the Faucet: Knowing our Water
June 5 Opening of Earth House
June 5 Millvale CleanSweep II
June 5 "Love Your Watershed Day"
June 5 WED 2010 San Francisco
June 5 Pirates Game & Fireworks
June 5-6 World Environment Day Building an Outdoor Classroom
June 6 Hive and the Honey Bees with Bill Kopar (Apiarist)
June 6 World Environment Day Films

June 12: Mindful Walking and Chinese Yoga with the Tai Ji Dance of the Five Elements

at the Allegheny River - in Oakmont's Riverview Park with Suzen Sharda Segall

sponsored by Venture Outdoors (register online at

All Species...One Planet...One Future
Yours in Wellness, Gratitude and Reverence for All Life,
Suzen Sharda Segall

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