Good Morning Neighbor:
I am absolutely thrilled to announce that the Environmental Institute of Georgia has been named the Trustee of the Fairburn Nature Preserve - 310 acres of beautiful green space. Please see my speech below and keep a watch on www.eiog.org for more information about the Preserve and how you can become involved. This land is to be held in perpetuity for the environmental benefit of the community - we all just got a huge economic and socially restorative raise.
Your very thrilled neighbor,
Good Evening Mayor Hannah and City Council
I would like to take a moment of your time tonight to speak to you about an improbable journey and the power of a coalition.
As most of you know, in the summer of 2006 I came before you with an environmental crisis that was plaguing our community. I had never before that time even considered myself as an environmentalist – I knew I always cared about recycling and I definitely cared for people but that is as far is went. But as for many of us, the plans we made for our life are not those that the Spirit has in mind and often we are awakened to a new calling through crisis. We also know that what is intended for harm can always be turned for good and that is the reason I stand before you today.
Something marvelous has taken place environmentally in the City of Fairburn. A vision has been set into motion, the players are in place and a journey that is far reaching and one created for the higher good of many is on the horizon. The Fairburn Preserve is one of wonder and inspiration to all who visit there. With its rolling hills and old growth trees, it beckons scientific curiosity and calms the soul in a serene sense all in the same breath. In its majesty it has called the community to it and we who have been sent to provide its care and are honored in so doing.
Through the partnership of the Mayor and City Council, the Environmental Institute of Georgia and the new Fairburn College Campus, we stand to create something that not only the City of Fairburn can be proud of but the State of Georgia as well. We are creating a space for education, preservation and restoration spurring economic development for the city and creating a sustainable life for the community and all those students that pass this way.
When many cities are only beginning to contemplate how to green their community, Fairburn stands ready to begin to reap the monetary rewards of a green partnership.
I would like to take the opportunity now to introduce the Environmental Institute's Board of Directors (for readers go to www.eiog.org ).
I would also like to recognize Dr. Muigwa and Ms. Condon of the GA Military College who bring excitement to this partnership as well for what it will do to expand the knowledge and applicable learning base for their students.
Thank you for creating a vision and know that the Environmental Institute stands ready to bring this vision to a very prosperous reality.