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Pittsburgh’s riverfronts on Earth Day: Beauty, resilience, persistence [photos]

By April 22, 2020Blog

Today, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we’re pleased to present to you some stunning riverfront images taken by Pittsburgh photographers over the past two months during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Top and second image: Chris Persic / @barkandshutter

Zachary Jumba Photography / @zjumba

Pavithra Narayanaswami / @paviethraa

L: Karissa Shivone / @karissa.shivone    R: Porter Loves Creative / @porterloves

Lukas Kosslow / @kosslowphotography

Zachary Jumba Photography / @zjumba

Thank you to the photographers for allowing us to share their work with you, and for capturing the strength and beauty of the riverfronts during these challenging times.

The very first Earth Day in 1970 was inspired by the watershed 1962 bestseller Silent Spring written by Pittsburgh native Rachel Carson. For many, the book was an eye-opening account of the inextricable links between nature, pollution, and public health.

When we think of the Pittsburgh of 1970, and the cleaner, greener Pittsburgh of today–with greater connections to the three rivers and natural ecology returning to the riverbanks–it reminds us that change can be a marathon process. But it’s worth the effort.

No matter when you found us, we’re glad you’re a part of the Riverlife family. We hope you’ll continue to stick with us as we push for more access, more equity, more riverfront public open space, and greater sustainability on Pittsburgh’s riverfronts.

Happy Earth Day from the Riverlife team!

Chris Persic / @barkandshutter