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.

Youth Marches For A Climate Future

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

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.

2nd Annual Environmental Challenge Day Coming Up

Join the 2nd Annual Environment Challenge Day for a family-friendly day celebrating the Environment. There will be speakers, exhibitors with hands-on activities, food vendors, music, art exhibit and other attractions. Speakers Topics Include: Grassroots Environmental Action, Mosquito Control, Development in St. Johns Co., Seismic Airgun Blasting, Climate Change, Keeping our Rivers Safe, Fracking, Sea-Level Rise and other environmental issues – locally and internationally.

During the course of the day, nine speakers will present a number of topics with an environmental theme indoors in the large meeting room.  

9:15 AM

Mayor Nancy Shaver

Welcome remarks

9:30 AM

Joan Kramer

“Problems Facing Our Favorite Pollinators and What You Can Do To Help Them

10:00 AM

Christopher Bibbs

“The Landscape of Mosquito Control”

10:30 AM

Erin Handy

“A Dead Whale Is A Dead Whale : The Search For Oil And Gas Off Florida’s Coast”  

11:00 AM

Hunter Miller

“The Importance Of Grassroots Movements To Affect Change On A Local And Global Scale.”

11:30 AM

Bill Hamilton

“Climate Change And Local Implications”  

12-1:00 PM

Luncheon Break

1:00 PM

Neil Armingeon

“The Matanzas River: Twenty-three Miles of History, Culture, Ecology and Magic”

1:30 PM

Jane West

“Uncontrolled Growth In St. Johns County – A Citizen’s Toolbox On How to Protect What’s Left”  

2:00 PM

Allen Tilley

“Global Warming’s News For Northeast Florida”  

2:30 PM

Tom Larson

“Energy and Climate Action”

Willie Galimore Center

Center 399 Riberia St., St. Augustine, FL 32084

Saturday, April 9, 2016 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

2016 Mosquito Control Conference & Workshop

The 13th Arbovirus Surveillance and Mosquito Control Workshop, in conjunction with the Northeast 1443 Regional Project Annual Meeting,
was held in AMCD’s new Base Station Complex located at 120 EOC Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32092, from March 29th through March 31, 2016.

The joint workshop and meeting is sponsored by AMCD,USDA/CMAVE, and the NE Group.
Dr. Michael Turell, Virologist, US Army, will be the Keynote Speaker.

The purpose of this conference & worksop was to exchange and share information about mosquito-borne disease and vector mosquito population surveillance data, review recent
developed techniques for surveillance and control of mosquitoes, and provide training for professional employees.

It was attended by Entomologists, Biologists, Epidemiologists, mosquito control workers, administrators, field inspector/sprayers/technicians,
public health workers, and Veterinarians.