On Saturday April 21st, local elementary and college students will learn about sustainability and environmental activism by participating in Earth Day service projects including planting trees, installing energy-efficient light bulbs in classrooms and delivering free compact florescent light bulbs to residents of the Grove Park Community. Featured speakers will discuss the importance of conservation, environmental stewardship, and energy conservation as well as the legacy that Maathai imparted through her work in Kenyan communities for which she was awarded the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize.
WHO: Green for All
Woodson Elementary School
Let’s Retrofit A Million
WHAT: Earth Day Service Event
WHERE: Carter G. Woodson Elementary School
1605 Donald L. Hollowell Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30318
WHEN: Saturday, April 21st at 9:00am.
Speaking program will begin promptly at 9:30am.
Service activities will begin at 10:00am.
About Green For All
Green For All is a national organization dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy. The organization works in collaboration with the business, government, labor, and grassroots communities to create and implement programs that increase quality jobs and opportunities in green industry – all while holding the most vulnerable people at the center of its agenda. For more information, please visit www.gfa.fchq.ca.
About Let’s Retrofit a Million
Let's Retrofit a Million connects “communities of modest means” with water and energy efficiency products to catalyze a dialogue about sustainability through a unique field-based, service-learning opportunity. LRAM does this by directly supporting and catalyzing the power of campus-based and community-based organizations with resources including project planning support, energy and water saving products and seed funding.
About Wangari Maathai
Wangari Maathai, winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize, is a noted environmental and human rights activist who founded the Green Belt Movement in Kenya in 1976. She founded the Green Belt Movement to plant trees to protect the soil and restore the forests. The Green Belt Movement organized workshops on civic education; it encouraged the women to look for the cultural, political, and economic policies and practices that were the root causes of environmental problems, and to take action to address those root causes. Eventually the Greenbelt Movement challenged the corrupt power structure in Kenya and Ms. Maathai was elected to Parliament as Assistant Minister for Environment and Natural Resources. The Greenbelt Movement has planted over 40 million trees since its founding.