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2011 PAST EVENTS
October 5, 2011 – Cynthia Barnett and Blue Revolution Book Launch
Award-winning environmental journalist and author Cynthia Barnett discussed Florida’s need for a water ethic and launched her latest book, Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis, at an October 5, 2011, reception hosted by CEJ and the Sierra Club of Central Florida at the Barry University School of Law.
In Blue Revolution, Barnett reports on the many ways we have squandered our way to scarcity. She goes on to argue that a water ethic is the best, simplest, and least expensive solution to Florida’s water challenges, and to show successful models from other communities that could provide solutions for Florida.
Barnett also accepted the Sierra Club of Central Florida’s Indigo Award for Environmental Reporting at the event. The award recognizes the efforts of a writer/journalist who provides balanced reports on Florida’s environmental issues. Marge Holt, the club’s Conservation Chair, made the presentation.
Barnett’s previous book, Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S., won the Florida Book Award gold medal for nonfiction in 2008. Barnett is a senior writer for Florida Trend magazine who writes frequently on environmental and public policy issues.
September 28, 2011 – Journey of the Universe Movie Premiere
Producer, co-creator, and historian of religions Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker appeared at the Orlando premiere of her extraordinary new film, Journey of the Universe, hosted by CEJ on Wednesday, September 28, 2011. The premiere was co-hosted by the First Unitarian Church of Orlando at the Orlando Science Center’s Darden Theatre.
Dr. Tucker is a senior lecturer and research scholar at Yale University, where she co-directs the Forum on Religion and Ecology. Audience members enjoyed a discussion and question-and-answer session with her after the premiere. The film project and its companion book are a collaboration of Dr. Tucker with evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme, a professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.
The film draws on the latest scientific knowledge to weave its themes of interdependence, relationship, and responsibility to future generations of all who share Earth as home. It has received outstanding reviews from scientists, environmentalists, and thought leaders from various disciplines. It will be featured on PBS during the December pledge drive.
Journey of the Universe DVDs and companion books are available from CEJ for $20.00 each. Please contact Jane Goddard at firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase a copy.
February 4, 2011 – Future Generations Conference: Water Justice for All
CEJ presented “Water Justice for All,” the second annual Future Generations Conference, on Friday, February 4, 2011, at the Barry University School of Law in Orlando. The program highlighted themes of interdependence and sustainability through an in-depth examination of water and its role in the life of Central Florida, the state, and the planet Earth. The keynote speaker was Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, chair of the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch, and former Senior Advisor on Water to the President of the United Nations General Assembly.
The conference also featured Jennifer Greene, M.Ed., who discussed the life-giving resource and practical ways of managing it, and Sister Patricia Siemen, Esq., who explored a developing water ethic that can enhance current water policies. Other state and local experts who discussed Florida’s waters and the larger implications of topics such as the impacts of various rules governing Florida’s waters included David A. Tomasko, Ph.D., Senior Scientist and Team Leader, Integrated Water Resources Division, PBS&J; Kariena Veaudry, RLA, Executive Director of the Florida Native Plant Society; and David W. Childs, Esquire, of Hopping Green & Sams.
A few of the presentations can be viewed below:
“State and Regional Perspectives: Water Quality & Conservation in Florida”
Kariena Veaudry, Executive Director
Florida Native Plant Society
“Recognizing & Protecting Good Water”
David Childs, Esquire
Hopping Green & Sams
Excerpt from “Water Justice” keynote presentation
National Chairperson, Council of Canadians
Sr. Pat Siemen on Rights of Nature at TEDxJacksonville 2013View video full screen on YouTube.
Florida’s Water and Land LegacyCongratulations to all who worked so diligently and passionately to collect the signatures required to place dedicated funding for conservation land acquisition on the ballot in 2014. More than 960,000 voters signed in support of this measure! Learn more about this initiative at Florida's Water and Land Legacy.org.
CEJ Events & PresentationsMore coming soon!
Other EventsWater Blues/Green Solutions
St. Johns Riverkeeper & partners
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Locally premiering a new documentary film about communities working with nature to solve their water problems, followed by a panel discussion.
Learn more at StJohnsRiverkeeper.org.
Marion County Springs Festival
Florida Springs Institute & partners
Saturday, April 26, 2014
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Silver Springs State Park
Silver Springs, FL
Exhibits, vendors, music, food, kids programs and more, surrounded by Florida’s first attraction, the historic and magical Silver Springs.
Contact: (352) 236-7148
More info at FloridaSpringsInstitute.org.
Growing Native Annual Conference
Florida Native Plant Society
May 15-18, 2014
Florida Gulf Coast University
Ft. Myers, FL
Field trips, speakers, education, socials, and a plant sale, all featuring the intriguing world of native plants.
Find out more at FNPS.org.
River City EcoFest
River City Eco Foundation
Saturday, May 17, 2014
10 a.m.–10 p.m.
Outdoor Music/Eco Festival & River Race with workshops, clinics, outdoor recreation expo, a film festival, food, trucks and music.
Contact: (904) 502-7733
Get more info at RiverCityChallenge.org.
Finding the Fountains of Youth: Exploring the Myth of Florida’s Magical Waters
Ongoing through April 27, 2014
Rincon Gallery, South Florida Museum
Graphic designer Rick Kilby examines how Florida’s reputation for healing, restorative waters entered popular culture and created its tourist economy.
Contact: (941) 746-4131
Details at SouthFloridaMuseum.org.
Springs Eternal: Florida’s Fragile Fountains of Youth
Ongoing through May 30, 2014
Gallery for Innovation and the Arts
R.A. Gray Building
Photographer John Moran’s images from the past and present create a then-and-now narrative of Florida's springs.
Contact: (850) 245-6470
Discover more at SpringsEternalProject.org.
Learning to See Naturally ~ Nature Journaling WorkshopsVisit our nature journaling blog, Learning to See Naturally, for poems, photos, stories and other nature-inspired creative works from our workshop participants.
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