Who: Brevard Indian River Lagoon Coalition
What: Save the Lagoon - A Call to Action Event
Where: Gleason Auditorium, Florida Tech campus
When: Wednesday, April 20th at 7:00 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm with Friends of the Coalition exhibitors)
Why: Kickoff Event for the Brevard Indian River Lagoon Coalition
Contact: Leslie Maloney 321-432-4346 or Bo Platt 321-821-2670
Brevard Indian River Lagoon Coalition presents “Save the Lagoon – A Call to Action”
The community is outraged and frustrated about the state of the IRL. The Brevard Indian River Lagoon Coalition seeks to harness that energy and turn it into powerful action.
The newly formed Brevard Indian River Lagoon Coalition is hosting its kickoff event on Wednesday, April 20th at 7:00 pm at Gleason Auditorium on the Florida Tech campus (150 W. University Blvd, Melbourne, FL 32901). Doors open at 6:30pm with Friends of the Coalition exhibitors. Free and open to the public. Advance registration advised but not required -- seating is first come, first served!
The mission of the Coalition is to increase awareness of the pollutants destroying the Indian River Lagoon and to build public support to restore the Lagoon to a healthy estuary of national significance.
The evening will feature solution-oriented experts, a cross-section of affected community leaders, and inspirational music.
Keynote speaker: Maggy Hurchalla, a member of the Everglades Hall of Fame and recipient of the Environmental Law Institute's 2015 National Wetlands Award for her tireless efforts in transforming Martin County into a national leader for wetland protection. She has been a strong advocate for the Indian River Lagoon and spent twenty years as a Martin County Commissioner helping to balance interests between growth development and ecosystem protection.
Dr. Duane DeFreese - Executive Director of the recently established IRL National Estuary Program, will provide insight into how citizens, organizations, and governments can work together throughout the IRL's five counties toward saving our Lagoon.
Wayne Mills - past Chairman and current Honorary member of the Board of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation will discuss strategies his group used to clean up the Chesapeake and could help here with the IRL.
Folk guitarist Dana Lyons, well known for stirring songs about the beauty of the earth and the need to protect it, will provide musical entertainment throughout the program. Many other artists have recorded Dana Lyons’ songs, but perhaps his highest honor as a songwriter came when Pete Seeger called him to get the music for Dana’s song “I Am An Animal.” He has shared the stage with many notable performers including Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams and Stephen Stills.
Co-sponsoring organizations include public radio station WFIT 89.5FM and Marine Resources Council.
Those that attend will leave better educated on the issues of the IRL and will come away with concrete actions they can take to help make the Lagoon great again.
To register for this free event see the link below.
From the Brevard IRL Coalition Steering Committee:
Beth Blackford, Mike Conneen, Clyde Giesenschlag, Spence Guerin, Vince Lamb, Leslie Maloney, Mel Martin, R. T. “Bo” Platt, Maureen Rupe
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