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.

The Litter Gitter Goes Into Action

On Wednesday February 10th, a small yellow pontoon named the Litter Gitter went in to our waters with a group of brave volunteers that endured the frigid elements. Their task was to start the clean up of our waterways. You might say that one small boat will not make much a difference, but you would be wrong to play with such a silly thought. It is everyday people such as Susan, Amber, Chris, Jessica, Noa Kai and Captain Morley that will be added to the armies of volunteers all over this blue planet we call home, that will hopefully help us from drowning in our own garbage. So through education and hard work, one man, one woman and one child at a time, we will reverse the tide of pollution. Remember that it was ordinary people who brought the wall down in Europe, got the right to vote in America, and hopefully these same people, meaning us, will save us from our excesses, one piece of garbage at a time. GO Litter Gitter!!!!!

 

Our Waterways Need Help

Adam Morley went out with First Coast.TV to take a look at our waterways, talked about the issues facing them, like plastics. The difficulties of keeping them clean, and the challenges in the future. He also spoke about possible solutions and the collection of data to make the huge task ahead of us a bit easier.

“Global Climate March” in St. Augustine

On November 28-29th, on the eve of the Paris Climate Summit, hundreds of thousands of people around the world took to the streets.

The Global Climate March was coordinated by a huge coalition of climate groups and activists working together — to show world leaders and delegates in Paris that the world is paying attention and the people are rising up. The people demand a climate treaty that’s in line with the realities of science and the principles of justice. The message: Keep fossil fuels in the ground and finance a just transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050.

  • As part of this global event, The Center for Biological Diversity partnered with the Environmental Youth Council to march in St. Augustine, Florida, on November 29.Many organizations joined in to march.Due to the tragic events in Paris and increased security, the march planned for Paris has been cancelled. This made participation of the public as part of the global movement even more essential. This is a defining moment in history.

    Where: They met at the east end of the Bridge of Lions

    When: Gathered at 1 p.m.; marched at 2 p.m.

    MARCHES IN:

  • ADELAIDE
  • AMSTERDAM
  • AUCKLAND
  • AUSTIN
  • BARCELONA
  • BEIRUT
  • BERLIN
  • BERN
  • BRISBANE
  • BUDAPEST
  • CANBERRA
  • CHRISTCHURCH
  • COPENHAGEN
  • CURITIBA
  • DHAKA
  • DUMAGUETE
  • EDINBURGH
  • GENEVA
  • HELSINKI
  • HO CHI MINH CITY
  • HONG KONG
  • JOHANNESBURG
  • KAMPALA
  • KIEV
  • KYOTO
  • LILLE
  • LISBON
  • LONDON
  • LOS ANGELES
  • LUGANO
  • LYON
  • MADRID
  • MANILA
  • MARSEILLE
  • MELBOURNE
  • MEXICO CITY
  • NEW DELHI
  • NEW YORK
  • OAKLAND
  • OSLO
  • OTTAWA
  • PARIS*
  • PERTH
  • RENNES
  • ROME
  • SEOUL
  • SEVILLE
  • St Augustine, FL USA
  • ST. GALLEN
  • STOCKHOLM
  • SYDNEY
  • SÃO PAULO
  • TAIPEI
  • TOKYO
  • VALENCIA
  • VANCOUVER
  • WASHINGTON D.C.
  • WELLINGTON
  • ZURICH
  • + MORE

An Impressive Documentary Film at the Corazon Cinema

Chasing Ice is a 2012 documentary film about the efforts of nature photographer James Balog and his Extreme Ice Survey to publicize the effects of climate change, directed by Jeff Orlowski. It was released in the United States on November 16, 2012.

The documentary includes scenes from a glacier calving event that took place at Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland, lasting 75 minutes, the longest such event ever captured on film. Two EIS videographers waited several weeks in a small tent overlooking the glacier, and were finally able to witness 7.4 cubic kilometres (1.8 cu mi) of ice crashing off the glacier. “The calving of a massive glacier believed to have produced the ice that sank the Titanic is like watching a city break apart.”

 

9th Annual Sea Turtle Festival

Keepers of the Coast hosted the 9th Annual Sea Turtle Festival. This year’s event took place at:  134 Riberia Street St. Augustine, FL from noon to 5 p.m at the Riberia Street Marina.  The family-oriented festival featured live music, conservation and wildlife education tables, arts and crafts vendors, a silent auction, an assortment of food truck options, locally made brews, and “Keeper’s Cove, ” an interactive children’s program.

Live music included:

Herd Of Watts, Willow Wacks and the Naysayers