Next Week: Florida Leaders Urge Action on Climate Following Scientist Meeting with Gov. Scott
“I’m a business guy, I’m a solutions person…Let’s focus on how we solve it.”
What’s happening in October: Less than two months after Florida scientists met with Governor Rick Scott about the threat climate changes poses to Florida, business and faith leaders, Hispanic communities and concerned parents and students are ramping up their call for #ActonClimate with a series of events (see below for events by media market) across the state.
Why: The groups will call for Florida to develop a strong plan to meet the EPA’s Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon pollution, a particularly potent contributor to climate change that causes rising sea levels, damages our tourism industry and threatens our kids’ health. Please see the White House’s fact sheet What Climate Change Means for Florida and the Southeast and Caribbean
The Solution: The groups will show how Florida can reduce carbon pollution and create jobs by harnessing Florida’s abundant, clean and affordable solar energy.
For media/interested parties, the following is a list of the #ActonClimate events in Miami, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Jacksonville, and Tallahassee throughout October (Scroll down to find events in your respective city):
Sunday, October 5th— Town Hall: Mom’s Clean Air Force hosting a town hall on climate’s impact on Hispanic families.Contact Adrianna Quintero at (415) 722-9444 for more information.
Thursday, October 9th – King Tide Students Event: High School students will join with Florida International University students and scientists to call attention to how climate change causes sea levels to rise by measuring the salt content of the “King Tide.” The tide, expected to occur on this day, could reach 10.7 feet, almost two feet higher than normal.
The students will then join a panel with scientists and other climate experts to discuss climate’s impact on the environment and economy. Contact Adrianna Quintero at (415) 722-9444 or go to: http://www.eyesontherise.org/ for more information.
Thursday, October 9th – Hispanic Community Event: Evangelicals and scientists will gather with Latino students from Florida International University and local Hispanic Churches to discuss climate change and its impact on the people of South Florida. Speakers include: Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN) President, Rev. Mitch Hescox, who in July delivered a petition signed by over 60,000 Florida pro-life Christians asking Governor Scott to develop a plan for addressing climate change. The event will take place at 3:30 pm at the Las Vegas Cuban Cuisine Restaurant (11500 NW 41st St., Doral). Contact Rev. Mitch Hescox at 717-578-2063 for more information.
Week of October 13th, Date TBD — Climate Parents Event: Concerned Hispanic parents, families, and elected officials come together to discuss climate impacts on public health and show support for public policy solutions. Contact Adrianna Quintero at 415-722-9444 for more information.
Monday, October 6th –Climate Science and Solutions Summit — #FlSolutionsSummit – includes a half-day panel discussion at Eckerd College. Speakers available to the media include: Eckerd College’s Dr. David Hastings and University of Miami’s Dr. Ben Kirtman, two of the scientists who met in August with Governor Scott to discuss climate change solutions for Florida; Susan Glickman with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy; and Bob Keefe of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), who will discuss opportunities to create clean energy jobs in Florida.
Moderators include: Tampa Bay Times’ Ivan Penn, WUSF’s Ron Lorei and St. Petersburg Council Member Darden Rice.
There will be a press availability from 12:30-1 pm. The conference starts at 1:30 pm with remarks by Eckerd College President Donald Eastman.
Contact Susan Glickman at 727-742-9003 or go to: https://www.facebook.com/FLSolutionsSummit for more information or to register.
Wednesday, October 8th – Faith Event: The Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN) will bring together evangelical pastors from Jacksonville, and across the state, to pray and discuss how to prepare their congregations for the impact of climate change. With a specific focus on how Florida is ground zero when it comes to climate change, pastors will take the Joseph Pledge, which takes its name from the Biblical story of Joseph who prepared his people for seven years of famine. The event, which will take place from 10-11:30 am at the Christ Church Mandarin (9791 Old St Augustine Rd), includes a roundtable discussion with a scientist, public health expert, and will be moderated by Rev. Mitch Hescox, EEN’s president. In July, Rev. Hescox delivered a petition signed by over 60,000 Florida pro-life Christians to Governor Scott asking him to develop a plan for addressing climate change. Contact Rev. Mitch Hescox at 717-578-2063 for more information or go to: www.CreationCare.org.
TALLAHASSEE UPCOMING EVENTS
Monday, October 20th – Petition Drop: Comments on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan will be delivered by parents and kids. The event is sponsored by Florida’s Clean Future coalition. Contact Mark Sokolove at 703-599-7656 for more information.
Friday, October 24th – Joseph Pledge Event: The Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN) will bring togetherpastors and church leaders at Florida A&M University to talk about how Florida Christians can plan for the impacts of climate change. In July, EEN’s Rev. Hescox delivered a petition signed by over 60,000 Florida pro-life Christians to Governor Scott asking him to develop a plan for addressing climate change. Contact Rev. Mitch Hescox at 717-578-2063 for more information or go to: www.CreationCare.org.