National Mosquito Control Awareness Week 2018

This year’s campaign focuses on increasing community participation in the elimination of breeding sites for Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that transmits dengue, chikungunya, Zika and urban yellow fever. Aedes mosquitoes are well adapted to human settlements and tend to breed in water held in manmade containers, such as tires, buckets, barrels, planters, and trash containers. This is why it is so important to get citizens actively involved in mosquito control. Households in areas where these mosquitos circulate need to ensure that any items that can accumulate water are either discarded or emptied, scrubbed and turned over at least once a week; tightly covered to prevent mosquitos from getting inside; or thoroughly cleaned to destroy any mosquito eggs that may be attached to their surfaces. How much do you really know about mosquitoes? You know they can be relentless once they decide to target a human as a source of a blood meal. You also know that a bite from them will leave a red, itchy welt on your skin that can be quite uncomfortable. But there’s a lot more you should understand about these tiny insects, including the fact they can pose a significant health hazard to you, your family and even your pets. With National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, now is the perfect time to learn some basic, must-know facts about mosquitoes. First Coast.TV went to Anastasia Mosquito Control in St Johns County, FL to get some facts.

NOW! on Earth Fest 2018

NOW! on Earth Fest 2018

On May 19th, NFCC hosted the 2nd Annual NOW! on Earth Fest, a FREE environmentally-conscious, live music event including great food, activities, raffles, and other local organizations with an interest in protecting North Florida waters. This year’s event took place at the scenic Genung’s Fish Camp. The purpose of Now! is to bring together the like-minded organizations and businesses of the community to create awareness of the dangers plastic waste has on our environment.

Arbor Day 2018 at St Augustine Beach

Arbor Day was celebrated at the St. Augustine Beach City Hall on Friday, April 20, 2018, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The annual event featured live music, free food, nature exhibits, educational activities for kids and adults, and lots of fun. Smokey the Bear was on site to greet children and help share information on the importance of trees and preventing the destruction of forests. Guests had their photos taken with Smokey, and could also pet a live alligator at the event. Also on hand were Florida Fish and Wildlife, the Matanzas River Keeper, Audubon Birds, and the Sea Turtle Patrol. Special exhibits included a live bee hive exhibit, a touch tank with live sea creatures, butterflies, baby birds, wildlife exhibits, and much more. The Arbor Day event is held annually to recognize the importance of trees to the ecosystem and to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees in their own lives and backyards. There were free trees for those who wanted to take one to plant at home or place of work.

Environmental Challenge Weekend 2018

FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM Reception, food and drinks provided by Rype & Readi, musical entertainment by Uncle Eddie and Robin. St. Johns County Audubon will present their Shorebird Stewardship Program. Followed by “Intergenerational Session 3.0 – Environmental Challenges.” Environmental Lawyer Jane West, Matanzas Riverkeeper Jen Lomberk, Bill Hamilton of the Environmental Youth Council, Lisa Blizzard of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and Janet Stanko of the Sierra Club, will partner with Nease High School Environmental Club to discuss Current Environmental Legislation, Non-Legislative Activism, Offshore Drilling, Ocean Debris with Focus on Plastics, and Climate Change in the Modern World. Audience participation will be encouraged.

SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM On the green grounds of the Galimore Center there will be music, family-friendly entertainment, hands-on environmental educational activities including the Dolphin Rescue Truck from Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station, product and informational vendors, and activities for kids. Hyundai of St. Augustine will have their latest hybrid car for inspection. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Live music provided by Hyundai of St. Augustine, Uncle Eddie and Robin, John Dickie, Eli and Bill Perras, and Madison Carr.

This event sponsored by the St. Johns Democratic Party, Jane West Law, Solar-Fit, Herbie Wiles Insurance, Fishbites, Hyundai of St. Augustine, Southern Horticulture, Rype & Readi Downtown Farm Market, Indivisible St. Johns.

St. Johns County Residents form Solar Cooperative

St. Johns County residents have banded together to form a solar co-op to make it cheaper and easier for homeowners and organizations to install solar panels, which can produce major savings on power bills. St. Johns Solar Co-op just went online five days ago. There are now more than 30 members, enough to begin the process to select a solar installation company for the co-op.

St. John’s Solar Cooperative is sponsored by Compassionate St. Augustine’s Environmental Rights initiative in partnership with FL Sun and the Florida League of Women Voters.

FL SUN expands access to solar by educating Florida residents about the benefits of distributed solar energy, helping them organize group solar installations, and strengthening Florida’s solar policies and its community of solar supporters. The latest move to expand the use of solar power in the Sunshine State builds on one year of the program with ten co-ops launched already across the state.

The group will host multiple information sessions to educate the community about solar and the co-op process.

The first session is scheduled for:

August 15, 2017, 7:30-8:30p.m.

Willie Galimore Community Center

399 Riberia Street,
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Aya & Noor’s Organic Garden

First Coast.Tv went to see Aya & Noor’s organic garden at there home and was impressed by the amount of vegetables that came out from such a small amount of real estate. The Mayor Nancy Shaver came by to admire and encourage the girls in another green project. If you remember, the girls had entered a green dream house in a competition, in January of this year.

www.firstcoast.tv/two-girls-green-dream-house/

Notes and Images of Earth Day 2017

Earth Day was first proposed by Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin, who saw a need for a nationwide consciousness about the environment. Nelson wanted to organize a national demonstration that was so powerful and large that environmentalism would be forced into the national agenda. So on April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks and auditoriums to demonstrate on behalf of a sustainable environment. Since 1990 Earth Day has been celebrated and recognized around the world to keep environmental issues on the forefront of international issues. Earth Day events bring together like-minded people to inspire changes that can bring about ongoing benefits to the community, large and small.

It is to no amazement then, that St Augustine has its own activities, marches, and panel discussions on that day. So many come to enjoy that day, and keep awareness on the importance to keep this little blue planet clean and habitable for all living creatures and organisms.

Two Girls and a Green Dream House

Aya & Noor El-Sawa showed their green dream house designs, by bringing a table sized model to Mayor Nancy Shaver. The Mayor Nancy Shaver was very impressed by the details and the positive environmental impact such a house could have on a community. Aya & Noor were accompanied by their proud parents. Aya & Noor have this model home in a competition and are the only ones representing St. Augustine and the state of Florida. to vote for their desin go to Aya design age-grade at: http://wshe.es/T05Y1WsD and Noor’s Design age-grade at: http://wshe.es/BufgYg5f

“Earth2Trump” Comes to St Augustine

The #Earth2Trump Roadshow of Resistance came to St. Augustine on Sunday, Jan. 15.

The roadshow was rallying and empowering defenders of civil rights and the environment to resist Trump’s dangerous agenda. Stopping in 16 cities on its way to Washington, D.C., it will bring thousands of people to protest at the presidential inauguration.
Close to a thousand came to let the nation know that the environment is priority one.
The shows feature national and local speakers, great musicians, and an opportunity to join a growing movement of resistance to all forms of oppression and all attacks on our environment. We must stand and oppose every Trump policy that hurts wildlife, poisons our air and water, destroys our climate, promotes racism, misogyny or homophobia, and marginalizes entire segments of our society. By the crowd and the signs Trump will have an uphill battle if he ignores the voices of many.

Cinema Verde Comes to The Corazon Cinema

Cinema Verde St. Augustine is an international environmental film festival that took place on October 21-23, 2016, at The Corazon Cinema and Cafe in St. Augustine, FL. Some of the films:

  • The Messenger
  • Normal is Over
  • Time to Choose
  • In Search of Balance
  • Dying Candle
  • Banking Nature
  • Paradise Island
  • Kaziranga
  • The Z-Nail Gang
  • The Flamingo Factory
  • Colors of Life
  • My Hottest Year on Earth
  • Women are the Answer
  • Coastal Dune Lakes: Jewels of Florida’s Emerald Coast
  • This Changes Everything
  • Hope for All
  • Food for Thought, Food for Life
  • Waterback Paul
  • Earth Speaks
  • Shorts by the Maui Huliau Environmental Filmmaking Club

Go to www.cinemaverde.org for more details.