Florida Ocean Alliance Stakeholder Meeting – November 14

According to a FOA press release dated June 24, 2019: “The state of Florida has awarded the Florida Ocean Alliance a grant to develop a much-needed Strategic Plan for Florida’s Oceans and Coasts. Senate President Bill Galvano championed the project as part of the Legislature’s focus on Florida’s ever-growing water issues. The Alliance will work closely with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in carrying out the project.

To help create a Strategic Plan to protect the state’s water resources, the Alliance will host public hearings across the state with citizens and other stakeholders, including industry, environmental groups, and research institutes. The project will provide a roadmap for the state to address the conservation and management of the state’s estuaries, bays, and oceans in order to preserve them for future generations.”

The Florida Ocean Alliance is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to bringing together the private sector, academia, and nonprofit research organizations in Florida to protect and enhance Florida’s coastal and ocean resources for continued social and economic benefits.

Florida Ocean Alliance Mission Statement

The mission of the Earth Ethics Institute is to foster Earth Literacy in the course objectives of each discipline and all campus operations at Miami Dade College, as well as in the South Florida Community and the extended Earth community beyond.

Earth Literacy includes an understanding of cosmology and ecological principles as the basis for sustainable living. The cosmological context is the story of the Universe, as contemporary science describes the developmental process out of which Earth and all life emerge.

Earth Ethics Institute Mission Statement

‘We as a people will become afraid of the ocean’

This week, one of my favorite journalists, Chris Hayes, is broadcasting an excellent series on climate change. In the series, he traveled to various cities in the U.S. to report on the effects of climate change happening right now. One of the places he highlighted is Miami and Miami Beach.

In the segment, which both showed off the beauty of our cities as well as the seriousness of the sea level rise issue we face, the All In host interviewed Harold R. Wanless, chair and professor in the Department of Geology in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Miami; Ben Kirtman, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at University of Miami; Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine; Wayne Pathman, environmental land use attorney; and Nicole Hernandez Hammer, Southeast Advocacy Coordinator for Climate & Energy for the Union of Concerned Scientists

The title of the Miami episode – ‘we as a people will become afraid of the ocean’ – is from comments made by Professor Wanless at the end of the segment. He predicts that at some point mid-century, Miami may face a dystopian future of sea level rise – with a resulting inability to finance, insure or sell our houses – if we fail to act now.

Each night on the Emmy Award-winning ‘All In’, Chris Hayes partakes in lively conversations and debates with his guests. Hayes covers not only the biggest news stories of the day, but also the issues that are personally important to him including social justice and the environment.