GLOBAL WARMING: TRUTH & CONSEQUENCES Part 1
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Even before the summer of 2023 with its historically high temperatures, the weather has become the news. As hurricanes, enhanced thunderstorms, tornadoes and floods happen weekly, the most recent deadly and disruptive phenomena on a global scale have been fires. Record temperatures plague the world every day. Forests are at risk due to new insect infestations, draught and fire.
Thousands of species of animals are diminishing or going extinct. The vast amount of CO2 released by human industry causes global warming but also dissolves in the oceans. Many species cannot live in these warmer acidic oceans. In Florida we struggle to maintain our infrastructure and our insurance.
Join us as a panel of guest scientists, community and political leaders, and a very young VIP discuss the many events global warming is already causing — and some real solutions that can preserve a healthy future for our young people. It’s not too late!
For facts and solutions, attend our Zoom Webinar on Global Warming: Truth and Consequences, Part One on October 12 and Part Two on November 2, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Q&A to follow the presentations.
Our panelists are:
Kim Ross, Executive Director of ReThink Energy Florida
Kim Ross is the Executive Director and founder of ReThink Energy Florida, a non-profit dedicated to engaging, educating, and empowering Floridians to take action to achieve a just transition to clean energy in a healthier, more sustainable environment, through youth education, adult engagement, and community organizing.
ReThink Energy Florida is a leading organization in working toward 100% renewable goals at the city and county levels, and in Tallahassee is the lead organization for the SEED (Solar Energy Equity Deployment) project, overcoming barriers to solar in low income communities.
Kim is a steering committee member of Floridians Against Dirty Energy, one of the leaders in the success derailing Big Oil’s move to bring fracking to Florida. Kim was recognized as one of Tallahassee’s ’25 Women to Know’ in 2014.
Hunter Miller: Field Campaigns Manager for Oceana/Protecting the World’s Oceans
Hunter Miller is Oceana’s Field Campaigns Manager, based in Florida.
For the last decade, Hunter has helped lead efforts to educate, organize, and advocate for our oceans, climate, and Florida’s coastal communities. As a Field Campaigns Manager, he helps lead a team of field representatives and works across Oceana’s U.S. campaigns, building support for local, state, and national policy change. Hunter regularly works with coastal community stakeholders, fishers, businesses, ENGO partners, and elected officials to build power to protect and restore our oceans.
During his time at Oceana, Hunter has helped to successfully defend against former President Trump’s proposal to dramatically expand offshore drilling in Federal waters, built support and helped pass a federal ban on the sale of shark fins, and passed local and state policies aimed at combatting the plastic pollution crisis. He also works to defend our nation’s blue ribbon, science-based fisheries management law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and supports efforts to save the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale from extinction.
Hunter is a sixth-generation Floridian and has a B.S. in Public Administration from Flagler College.
Addisyn Mayer: 10-year-old political activist; SCPA VIP Panelist and SCPA Youth Ambassador
At 10 years old Addisyn has received the President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award 2 years in a row. On June 11th, 2022 Addisyn spoke at, “March for Our Lives Rally”, held in Brevard County regarding how the kids asking for change are the answer to your thoughts and prayers but you’re just not listening to them. She is currently the youngest ambassador to the ‘Right to Clean Water’ Initiative. Addisyn is a very active member of her community in central Florida, all while maintaining a 95% overall average in virtual school.
Dr. Leesa Souto, Ph.D., Principal Scientist, Applied Ecology Inc.
Dr. Souto has been working for Florida’s water resources for over 30 years in many different capacities, providing her a comprehensive understanding of the complex environmental issues facing our state.
During her career, she has done water and soil chemistry testing and analysis; groundwater and surface water assessment and remediation; environmental education and behavior change; shoreline restoration and land management; policy support and advocacy; program design and evaluation; environmental and socio-ecological research; grants and contract administration; and business development and management. She has successfully administered over $15M in grant-funded environmental projects in her career and has managed successful nonprofit and for-profit businesses.
She is an urban-ecology researcher and award-winning lecturer conducting and sharing actionable research to solve Florida’s water quality problems. Some of her accomplishments include initiating an international fishing line recycling program (MRRP, 2001), creating the Florida Water Resources Monitoring Council structure (2002-04), chairing Florida’s Stormwater Education Task Force (2001-2012), creating and distributing the Stormwater Education Toolkit (2003-04), launching the Cocoa Beach and Orlando Green Business Programs (2007-2011), producing the Indian River Lagoon Report Card (2017-2021) and conducting over one hundred charettes, assemblies, and conferences to reach consensus on critical issues.
Dr. Souto received a BS in Biological Sciences and Minor in Interdisciplinary Sciences from Florida State University and a Masters in Nonprofit Management and Doctorate in Conservation Biology from the University of Central Florida.