We need to recognize the opportunity that green jobs present to Florida and to the economy.Congressman Ted Deutch
We have to change from ‘ego-architecture’ to ‘eco-architecture’.Jaime Lerner
It’s too late to avoid a 21st century that is completely transformed by the forces of climate change, but we have to do everything possible to make the future cooler, safer, and healthier.David Wallace-Wells
Earth Day 2019 seems like an appropriate day to remind ourselves of the realities of climate change, and that there is no Planet B.
This blog started in April 2010 (goodness, has it been that long!) with a focus on green building in Miami. And it is still that. But much like I imagine journalist David Wallace-Wells felt collecting disparate articles with one terrifying, unifying thread – I’ve realized that if we, as a nation and as a planet, do not address climate change now, it won’t matter how great the sustainable buildings are in Miami. They will be underwater.
I’ve also realized that the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 763) is the best, quickest way for the United States to begin addressing our country’s carbon emissions.
What is the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act
According to energyinnovationact.org, there are two primary features – a “carbon fee” and a “carbon dividend” – and two protections for businesses.
This policy puts a fee on fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas. It starts low, and grows over time. This will drive down carbon pollution because energy companies, leading industries, and American consumers will move toward cleaner, cheaper options.
The money collected from the carbon fee is allocated in equal shares every month to the American people to spend as they see fit. Program administrative costs are paid from the fees collected. The government does not keep any of the money from the carbon fee.
Border Carbon Adjustment
To protect U.S. manufacturers and jobs, imported goods will pay a border carbon adjustment, and goods exported from the United States will receive a refund under this policy.
This policy preserves effective current regulations, like auto mileage standards, but pauses the EPA authority to regulate the CO2 and equivalent emissions covered by the fee, for the first 10 years after the policy is enacted. If emission targets are not being met after 10 years, Congress gives clear direction to the EPA to regulate those emissions to meet those targets. The pause does not impact EPA regulations related to water quality, air quality, health or other issues. This policy’s price on pollution will lower carbon emissions far more than existing and pending EPA regulations.
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Earth Day 2019 than to voice my support for H.R. 763 – The Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act. How about you?
University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, in partnership with WPBT2 South Florida PBS and CHANGING SEAS, is hosting the premiere screening of “Toxic Waters”, the newest episode in Season 10 from this public television series produced by WPBT2 South Florida PBS in Miami, Florida.
Harmful algal blooms come in many forms, from toxic outbreaks impacting the health of animals and humans, to non-toxic but expansive sargassum mats devastating local economies and tourism. Scientists are working to understand what causes these blooms, how they impact us, and how we can stop them.
The event is free, but an RSVP is required. Seating begins at 5:30; screening starts at 6:00 p.m. with a panel discussion after.
Location: Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Auditorium, 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Virginia Key, Miami, FL 33149
Date And Time: Monday, April 22, 2019 | 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm EDT
From pollution to sea-level rise, sunny-day flooding, harmful algal blooms, endangered/invasive species, coral bleaching, illegal wildlife trafficking, and issues of environmental justice, Green Shorts Film Festival (GSFF) highlights these stories in an array of student films and selections from the NY WILD Film Festival.Green Shorts Film Festival
Organized by the University of Miami’s Ecocinema Club the Green Shorts Film Festival presents a selection of sustainability and conservation short films selected in partnership with the 2019 New York WILD Film Festival. The documentaries include topics about exploration, adventure, wildlife, conservation and the environment. The University of Miami’s Exploration Science Program is a founding sponsor of New York WILD.
The 2019 Green Shorts Film Festival will be at the Bill Cosford Cinema on Saturday, April 13th, from 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. The festival will take place as part of the University of Miami’s Earth Month festival.
For more information about the University of Miami’s Ecocinema Club and Green Shorts Film Festival: www.greenshortsfilmfestival.com
Join The CLEO Institute for their annual Empowering Capable Climate Communicators Symposium in partnership with Florida International University’s Sea Level Solutions Center.
This will be the most important climate and resilience symposium in South Florida.The Cleo Institute
Date & Time: Fri, Apr 26, 2019, 9:00 AM – Sat, Apr 27, 2019, 3:00 PM EDT
Location: FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, 3000 NE 151st St, North Miami, FL 33181 – Inside the Wolfe University Center Ballroom
More Information: The Cleo Institute
On April 20th, one of my favorite places in Miami – Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science – is hosting an all day series of events in honor of Earth Day 2019.
Start your day off with a chance to make a difference with a MUVE led clean-up of our local green spaces and bay. Then continue your day by joining the global movement to take care of our planet by learning about the three Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – before chatting with our experts and meeting some of our Frost Science endangered and threatened species through special animal encounters. Connect with onsite scientists who are working on making corals more resilient so they can survive in warmer oceans and discover how important bees are in pollination by participating in a bee pollination relay race. Don’t miss out as it’s sure to be a buzzing day!Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
“Celebrating Planet Earth” events are included in the regular science museum ticket. For more information and ticket purchases, please visit: Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
LOCATION: Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, 1101 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
TIME AND DATE: April 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Environmentalists should make good urbanists, since they understand systems, diversity, connectivity and interdependence.Caryl Terrell
In celebration of Arbor Day 2019, the City of Miami is giving away fruit trees to residents on April 13th, 20th, and 27th. “Help make Miami greener & sweeter!”
The Planning Department’s Environmental Resources Division will be hosting fruit tree giveaways in each of the City’s 5 Districts.
City of Miami residents will have an opportunity to receive up to 2 trees per household as part of the City’s Arbor Day festivities. The City will be distributing 1,000 trees between the 5 districts.City of Miami
Dates & Locations:
- District 1: Grapeland Park – April 13, 2019: 9-11 am
- District 2: Armbrister Park – April 27, 2019: 9-11 am
- District 3: Jose Marti Park – April 20, 2019: 9-11 am
- District 4: Shenandoah Park – April 20, 2019: 1-3 pm
- District 5: Hadley Park – April 13, 2019: 1-3 pm
- You MUST be a City of Miami resident. Residents are encouraged to attend the giveaway in their district. Proof of City of Miami residency will be required on the day of the event. Unincorporated Miami-Dade County residents are not eligible to receive a tree.
- Residents MUST complete the online registration form.
- Residents MUST bring any of the following as proof of residency:
- Driver’s License
- State Issued ID
- Utility Bill (Cable, Electric, Water)
- The address provided on the registration form MUST match the address on the proof of residency.
- Should you register and you live outside of the City of Miami boundaries, your registration will be cancelled. This giveaway is for City of Miami residents ONLY. If you are unsure about whether you live in the City of Miami, please use this link to check your address: http://maps.miamigov.com/miamizoning/
- Fruit trees types (subject to availability): Mango • Soursop • Papaya • Guava • Lychee
- Tree quantities for each fruit are limited and will be given away to registrants on a first come first serve basis.
- A maximum of 2 trees per household.
- BE SURE TO SELECT HOW MANY TREES YOU WANT. Select 1 ticket for 1 tree and 2 tickets for 2 trees.
- Should you register for more than 2 trees for your household, your registration will be cancelled.
For more information, please email EnvironmentalRes@miamigov.com or call 305-416-1416.