GLENDALE — An awareness-building and fundraising walkathon, Green Armenia’s first, will take place on September 22 at 1:00 pm.

Participants will gather at Glendale’s City Hall, then proceed to Verdugo Park (in Glendale) to join the celebration of Armenia’s 22nd Independence Day.

This event is intended to raise awareness in our community of the dire environmental issues that confront the Republics of Armenia and Artsakh. Information will be available at Green Armenia’s booth at the celebration.

Mining has been chosen by the government of the Republic of Armenia as a path to economic development. Yet, it is being practiced in a very destructive, exploitative fashion. We hope to remedy this problem by supporting projects that promote wise stewardship and sustainable use of the country’s natural resources. The objective is not simply to stop all mining, but to provide alternatives and make sure any mining is done in a safe and economically beneficial way.

In addition to focusing attention on the mining problems at hand, our walkathon will serve as a fundraising vehicle to provide the resources needed to make improvements in our homeland. As with all walkathons, participants will seek the sponsorship of their friends and relatives. Anyone interested can join the effort. Simply go to the website, write the organizers at [email protected], or just show up at the event.

“Our efforts are starting to get traction already. Green Armenia is receiving requests for support from our compatriots in the homeland for alternative economic development projects—such as beekeeping, activist efforts to build awareness in the affected areas, and even for doing the nitty-gritty legal work that can help prevent the worst abuses,” observed Alfred Eisaian, one of the organizations founders. “People’s support and participation in Los Angeles translates into greater success in Armenia.

Green Armenia is committed to raising awareness and providing scientific expertise related to environmental issues in the Republics of Armenia and Artsakh. Green Armenia is part of the Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America (AESA), which is a nonprofit 501(c)(3). AESA was established in 1983 and it is based in Glendale, CA with chapters in other major cities. AESA is a non-partisan and non-sectarian philanthropic organization focused primarily on addressing the professional, technical, and scientific issues.

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