Celebrate ‘World Oceans Day’ 2019 Miami-Style

Next Saturday, June 8th, is World Oceans Day.

On World Oceans Day, people around our blue planet celebrate and honor the ocean, which connects us all. Get together with your family, friends, community, and the planet to start creating a better future. Working together, we can and will protect our shared ocean.

WorldOceansDay.org

A collective of experiences honoring World Oceans Day hosted by the 1 Hotel South Beach

This event is powered by Anatomy. Each session is held within the picturesque property of the 1 Hotel South Beach in Beautiful Miami!

All ticket donations go to The Surfrider Foundation – Miami, a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches.

Green Jobs

We need to recognize the opportunity that green jobs present to Florida and to the economy.

Congressman Ted Deutch

Eco-architecture

We have to change from ‘ego-architecture’ to ‘eco-architecture’.

Jaime Lerner

Make the Future Cooler, Safer, and Healthier

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

Celebrate Earth Day 2019 by Supporting H.R. 763

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.

Carbon Fee

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.

Carbon Dividend

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.

Regulatory Adjustment

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.

For more information about the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act, please visit Energy Innovation Act org and Citizens Climate Lobby . And to read the full text of the bill, click here:

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?

Changing Seas: Toxic Waters

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

April 13: Green Shorts Film Festival @ University of Miami

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

April 26 & 27: Empowering Capable Climate Communicators 2019

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

Celebrating Planet Earth @ Frost Science

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.

photo courtesy: Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

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