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.
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 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
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.
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.
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
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 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
- 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.
Hundreds of concerned people marched in St. Augustine on May 15th in the “March for Future Generations – Break Free from Fossil Fuels” – a youth-focused climate march calling on President Obama and world leaders to leave fossil fuels in the ground and embrace a sustainable, clean energy future. Among the demonstrators were children from St. Augustine Public Montessori School who have been working tirelessly to create flags and giant sunflowers to carry with them on the march. One student spoke at the rally following the march, representing the generation that will be most affected by rising sea levels.
“Drilling for fossil fuels is like taking poison and introducing it to the purest thing that we have” said 5th grade student Jesse.
“A lot of people don’t want to believe in climate change; they don’t want to be involved. They only care if it affects them. But it actually affects everyone. Why only care about money if there may be no Earth to spend it on?” said 6th grade student Azlyn.
The youth-led march will cross the Bridge of Lions, move through the Plaza de la Constitution, and end at a rally with public speakers in front of City Hall.
Second Annual Environmental Challenge Day was a a family-friendly event celebrating the environment, featuring speakers, hands-on activities, art exhibits and other attractions. It was a fun and informational day focusing on the environment.
9:15 : Mayor Nancy Shaver – Welcoming Remarks.
9:30 ; Joan Kramer – “Problems Facing Our Favorite Pollinators and What You Can Do To Help Them” Joan is a member of the St. Johns County Beekeepers Association.
10:00 : Christopher Bibbs : “The Landscape of Mosquito Control” Chris is an Educational Specialist for the Anastasia Mosquito Control District of St. Johns County
10:30 : Erin Handy : “A Dead Whale Is A Dead Whale : The Search For Oil And Gas Off Florida’s Coast” Erin is a campaign organizer for the international environmental organization Oceana. She is a Climate Reality Leadership Corps certified speaker.
11:00 : Hunter Miller : “The Importance Of Grassroots Movements To Affect Change On A Local And Global Scale.” Hunter is a leader of the Environmental Youth Council.
11:30 : Bill Hamilton : “Climate Change And Local Implications” Bill is a founding member of the Environmental Youth Council, and owner of Southern Horticulture.
12:00 – 1:00 : Lunch Break
1:00 : Neil Armingeon : “The Matanzas River: Twenty-three Miles of History, Culture, Ecology and Magic” Neil is the Matanzas River Keeper
1:30 : Jane West : “Uncontrolled Growth In St. Johns County – A Citizen’s Toolbox On How to Protect What’s Left” Jane is a local environmental lawyer.
2:00 : Allen Tilley : “Global Warming’s News For Northeast Florida” Allen is a retired UNF English Professor and serves on the Northeast Florida Group of the Sierra Club’s Executive Committee.
2:30 : Tom Larson : “Energy and Climate Action” Tom is Group, Chapter and Committee Leader for the Northeast Florida Group of the Sierra Club.
The event was sponsored by Democratic Party and Women’s Club of St. Johns County, OCEANA, Jane West Law, Herbie Wiles Insurance, Southern Horticulture, Marineland Dolphin Adventure, Sierra Club – Northeast FL. Group, SALSA, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St. Augustine, S.P.V.B Marine Turtle Patrol, Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center, and FirstCoastTV.