Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man.Stewart Udall
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?
Start your year off on a green note by volunteering for science and for the environment. On January 20, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is hosting a Citizen Science Workday at Virginia Key Beach North Point Park.
Join Frost Science as we work on several citizen science activities at the Virginia Key Beach North Point Park restoration site including:
- Marine Debris Cleanup: Volunteers collect trash from the beach and log each item using Marine Debris Tracker, a free smartphone and tablet app.
- Biodiversity Monitoring: Volunteers observe newly planted trees throughout our restoration site as well as observing native wildlife. Observations may be logged with iNaturalist.org – another smartphone app.
- Invasive Plant Documentation and Removal: Invasive plants will be removed from the site to make way for native vegetation.
Taking place on the second Saturday of each month, Citizen Science Workdays are excellent opportunities to make an immediate impact on the environment by investing your time in one of our several restoration projects. Volunteers must only commit to a single workday at a time but can choose to do so regularly. Registration is required.
Parking Instructions: Enter Virginia Key Mountain Bike Park Trails in your GPS. Park at large lot adjacent to waste treatment plant.
Join the U.S. Green Building Council Miami Branch at Art Miami for DEEP SEE – An Art Awakening for the Sea.
Conceived by artist Tina Spiro and developed by the MiART Foundation, the DEEP SEE project seeks to leverage the power of art as a means of communication to heighten awareness about and showcase solutions to climate change, marine safety and conservation, and sea level rise. The installation serves as a platform for like-minded organizations dedicated to the sea, as well as educational institutions, multi-media, performance and other related artworks, to create an immersive convergence for the sea leading to an action agenda. By creating an interactive experience for an audience who will enter individual shipping containers, three prominent environmental activist artists have created installations. Each artist has deep ties to both Miami and its environmental issues, which are integral to their bodies of work.
The exhibit is open Tuesday, December 5, through Sunday, December 10 at Art Miami, located at One Herald Plaza (right on Biscayne Bay at the former site of the old Miami Herald Building).
- Tina Spiro
- Edouard Duval Carrie
- Jacek Kolasinski
- Barry Fellman
Dates and Hours:
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
FIRST VIEW VIP Preview: 4.30pm – 5:30pm
Access for Art Miami + CONTEXT Art Miami First View VIP Cardholders
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
VIP Preview: 5.30pm – 10pm
Access for Art Miami+CONTEXT+Aqua VIP Cardholders, Art Basel Miami Beach, Design Miami, NADA & Untitled VIP Cardholders & Press | Sponsored by Christie’s International Real Estate and Benefiting the Perez Art Museum Miami
Wednesday, December 6 — 11am – 8pm
Thursday, December 7 — 11am – 8pm
Friday, December 8 — 11am – 8pm
Saturday, December 9 — 11am – 8pm
Sunday, December 10 — 11am – 6pm
For tickets and additional information: http://www.artmiami.com/home
Science Saturday on the Miami Science Barge in Museum Park is not just for Earth Day, but when better to bring the whole family downtown for an eco-adventure? “The Miami Science Barge hosts researchers from NOAA Fisheries in the Marine Mammal Program who will discuss the resident pod of Bottlenose Dolphins that live in Biscayne Bay. Kids will be able to enjoy hands-on dolphin related activities. All ages are welcome, and entry is by donation.”
“You can’t talk about the future of Miami without also reckoning with the impact that sea level rise and climate change will have on the landscape, geography and people of Miami…”
“Workshop B of the Miami Science Barge Sustainable Fishing Series will focus on fish filleting skills in an attempt to reduce waste during the fish cleaning process. A local charter fishing captain will be on-board to lead the knife skills session. Barge crew will discuss and educate on the importance of eating locally, choosing seafood from sustainable sources, and where to find this information…”
April is also Florida Water Conservation Month, so the “Miami Science Barge will highlight Florida’s watersheds and wetlands, while focusing on ways to protect and conserve our freshwater supply.”
April 15: Science Saturday: Citizen Science Day
April 15th is National Citizen Science Day, so the Miami Science Barge has partnered with Chelle King fr. om Frost Science to help citizen scientists of all ages participate in a “BioBlitz” using the iNaturalist app (FREE for Apple or Android devices) to document the biological diversity in Museum Park.
Sip of Science is a monthly lecture series for adults to enjoy drinks and discussions on a variety of sustainability-related topics. This month, Dr. Keren Bolter, FAU Geosciences, talks about “Sea Level Rise and Climate Justice in Miami”
April 20: A Plastic Ocean: Film Screening
Join the University of Miami Rosenstiel of Marine and Atmospheric Science Alumni Association as they host Debris Free Oceans with a film screening of a Plastic Ocean at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science auditorium at Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, Virginia Key, Miami. Enjoy a free beer from Sailfish Brewing Company (with ID). FREE for students of any age.
On the event field at Miami Seaquarium which overlooks Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline for an awesome Earth day event! Guest speaker: Wildlife Biologist, Joe Wasilewski.
Celebrating Earth Day at the Miami Seaquarium with a Beneath the Waves Mini Film Festival! Showcase 4 -5 Beneath the Waves short films (20 mins each), the films have a strong focus on marine science and the issues surrounding our environment today.
April 22: Earth Day on The Underline
Get up and clean up in celebration of Earth Day! Friends of The Underline is partnering with the Miami Dade County Department of Transportation & Public Works to present Earth Day on The Underline, with members of your community volunteering to clean up the future Underline: Brickell Backyard from the Miami River to Coral Way.
April 22: March for Science Miami
The March for Science Miami is to celebrate our enthusiasm and passion for science and to call for support in safeguarding the scientific community.
April 22: Baynanza 2017
Do the Shore Thing! Baynanza is celebrating it’s 35th year on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteer registration for the Biscayne Bay Cleanup Day is now open.
Not only is this event for fishermen to take part in, but a day for the whole family to enjoy! Get a taste of lionfish by sampling them cooked in a number of ways, get creative by participating in lionfish jewelry workshops and learn more about what you can do at the local level to fight the lion fish invasion by visiting with our participating organizations!
April 22: Earth Day SCUBA Clean Up
Join South Beach Dive and Surf Center and Debris Free Oceans this Earth Day for a reef cleanup scuba diving trip in the crystal blue waters of Key Largo! Meet at South Beach Dive Center at 850 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, then stay for the after-party in Key Largo. South Beach Divers provides free transportation to and from Key Largo.
Miami Seaquarium is holding a beach clean-up at Hobie Beach on Virginia Key, next to the park. Along with cleaning the beach, we want to conduct research on what kind of trash we find. Once we know the kind of trash that is abundant on our local beach, we can reach out to the community and inform them of alternatives to these items that can be used more than once.
Please join the University of Miami Rosenstiel School and South Florida PBS for the premiere of the Changing Seas episode “The Future of Seafood” at the Rosenstiel School Auditorium
An evening of supporting the Shark Research and Conservation Program’s work to preserve the marine environment and its Sharky inhabitants. All proceeds/donations from the evening will go directly towards the Miami’s Shark Research and Conservation Program.
Yes, April also celebrates Arbor Day, and the City of Miami is partnering with Citizens for A Better South Florida to lead volunteers in a day of activities at the Virginia Key Park and Nature Conservancy Restoration project.
Miami Science Barge will host the Shark Research and Conservation Lab from University of Miami RSMAS. Student researchers will discuss their Urban Sharks initiative, highlighting how sharks can live in an urban environment (all around the Barge and downtown), as well as debunking the scary mysteries of sharks and discussing their ecology and threats they face.
Bluegala is a New York company specializing in prom and evening dresses. They’ve started a fashion blog and, with the help of Gergich & Co., have created this excellent infographic – “Eco-fashion: The Green Garment Movement.” Bluegala writes:
Many name brand companies are incorporating eco-fashion into their lines by producing their clothing using methods that create a minimal carbon footprint without the use of harmful or synthetic chemicals. From Adidas apparel made with bionic yard, a textile made from plastic debris in the sea, to Burberry’s sustainable cotton program in Peru—explore which brands are leading the way into the green garment movement by positively impacting the environment.