EYC meeting Monday, January 15th

7 Jan

Merry New Year!

Environmental Youth Council plans to meet:
January 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, at 6:30 PM.
St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church Mission House;
37 Lovett Street and corner of MLK Blvd.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
We need to craft a response to the Trump administration’s plans
to open the Atlantic to seismic testing and off-shore drilling.
2018 is the year to get active.
Please pass along invitation to all who are interested.
Thank you.

Gwen Graham Event: 06/23/17

19 Jun


Attached is the official Invitation
To a reception for Gwen Graham for Governor.
Please pass it around.
Also, included is her updated Environmental platform.
I hope to see you Friday, June 23rd.
Thank you.
Bill/Environmental Youth Council

Among her proposals:
— She vowed to implement a renewable energy standard that makes Florida less reliant on fossil fuels and continues President Barack Obama‘s Clean Power Plan to transition away from coal
— She promised to appoint commissioners who “believe in science” and consumer advocates to Florida’s Public Service Commission to give solar companies a chance at competition with the corporate utilities
— She assured she would work with Democrats and Republicans in the legislature to end Florida’s ban on power purchasing agreements to give consumers and homeowners more choice in where their electricity comes from
Graham was the first candidate to vow that Florida would join Washington, New York, and California in an alliance to uphold the Paris Accord, though King and Gillum quickly followed.
She said joining the states’ climate alliance will mean working to cut carbon emission and investing in renewable energy.
Graham argued that fracking — an oil and gas exploration technology that involve the injection of hydraulic fluids to crack rock and access underground reserves — and oil drilling threaten Florida’s natural resources, including beaches and the Everglades.
She cited her work with Florida’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson to pursue a ban on oil drilling, and her support for Obama’s Clean Power Plan to shut down and clean up coal-fired power plants. She also contended she has a record of standing with local governments opposing fracking, which has been frequently cited for causing contamination of ground water.
Graham also declared Florida must embrace and invest in green technology and renewable energy.
“As the rest of the world and even other states move forward on fighting climate change, under Rick Scott and 20 years of Republican rule, Florida is falling behind,” Graham stated. “Renewable energy accounts for less than 3 percent of energy generation in Florida, our state has no renewable portfolio standard, and we are one of few states that outright bans power purchase agreements, which makes it harder for homeowners and small businesses to install solar panels.”

St. Johns Solar Co-op meeting 6/20 7pm

17 Jun

Learn about the St. Johns Solar Cooperative on June 20th, 7-8:30PM at the Gallimore Center.

Solar st johns

Now! On Earth Fest Sunday, April 23

22 Apr

EYC will be at this great event tomorrow.  More details here17546770_10155133497801996_4067250137366730047_o

North Florida Coastal Caretakers is partnering with The Green Hands Initiative to bring an environmentally conscious, family-friendly event NOW! on Earth Fest on Sunday, April 23 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.

This event is FREE to the public and will combine live music, games and activities for all ages, raffles, and other local organizations with an interest in protecting North Florida waters. 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.

Live music from The Young Step, Observatory, Constant Swimmer and Jason Wall!

Beach clean-up efforts will also take place in the morning from 9AM – 11AM at the following locations: Surfside Park at Vilano Beach, St. Augustine Beach Pier and Crescent Beach (beach entrance near South Beach Grill restaurant). NFCC provides gloves, bags, and grabbers while they last but encourages all volunteers to bring a reusable water bottle and sunscreen!

Sponsored by Jane West Law, P.L. and Meehan’s Irish Pub & Seafood House.

2017 Environmental Challenge Earth Day Events-4/21 & 4/22

16 Apr
Hey all!  EYC will be participating in 2017 Environmental Challenge Earth Day this upcoming weekend.  For full details please look here.
-Environmental Challenge Panel, Friday, April 21 at 6 PM;  Willie 
Gallimore Center;  Hunter Miller and Bill Hamilton are on the panel.
-Environmental Challenge Day and March Through Lincolnville; 
Saturday, 22 April;  In support of March for Science

EYC meeting Wednesday, April 12th

11 Apr

EYC will meet this Wednesday, April 12th 5:30pm at Growers Alliance Coffee; 322 Anastasia Blvd.  We will be planning for the Bill Nelson fundraiser event happening this Thursday at 5pm.  For details see event page here.

All are invited to attend. Hope to see you there!

Bil Nelson fundraiser

Friends of Matanzas: Sunday at 4 PM

26 Mar
Friends of Matanzas Annual Meeting is this Sunday, 26 March, beginning
at 4 PM.
Genung’s Fish Camp, 291 Cubbedge Road at Crescent Beach;
Pot Luck and BYOB.
Updates on Programs sponsored by Friends of Matanzas will include:
-The Matanzas Riverkeeper, Neil Armingeon;
-Matanzas Voices, Anna Hamilton;
-Introduction to the new boards (3);
-New Initiatives and challenges.
All are welcome, invite all who are interested in protecting the
Matanzas River;
All are welcome to become members.