December / End of Year Newsletter

A recap of 2018 and the accomplishments made, from our own energy camps to passing an anti-drilling bill. Then a look forward into the events planned in 2019, and our internship positions available. 

LOOKING BACK...

Reclaiming Florida's Future For All 2018

Around 200 people came out from around the state to rally and speak to legislators on behalf of banning fracking in Florida,  supporting solar, and supporting clean water! The rally included speeches from key legislators such as Representatives Kathleen Peters, Carlos Guillermo Smith, Ben Diamond, and Sean Shaw, as well as Physicians for Social Responsibility's own Dr. Lonnie Draper, and Victor Rodriguez, of Organize Florida Climate Justice Committee. Then we had meetings with more than 73 legislative offices, as well as a lunch and learn covering the history of the EPA, and the concerns about LNG transport in South Florida.  Thank you to all who came out and showed your support. 

Energy Whiz 2018

This event was a regional expo connected with the Energy Whiz Olympics conducted by the Florida Energy Center at the University of Central Florida. Energy Whiz is a forum for students to demonstrate their STEM knowledge and skills as they relate to energy topics—such as solar thermal, photovoltaics (PV)—through friendly competition.  This was a great event and we are looking forward to it again in 2019.  

ENERGY BALL 2018

The Energy Ball is one of our favorite events of the year, and 2018 DID NOT disappoint! This celebration brought together the area's best and brightest Energy Innovators.  Thank you to all of our sponsors and supporters who so generously helped us raise funds for Energy Camp 2018. We would also like to congratulate this year's Energy Innovator winners.  Keep up the good work.

  • Energy Innovator Award Winners:

    • Organization- Green4Tally

    • Individual- Dr. Bruce Strouble 

    • Youth- Madison Geiger and Bryana Burnham 

  • President's Choice Award Winners:
    • Lonnie Draper, M.D.

    • Oscar Psychas

ENERGY CAMP 2018

Energy Camp is designed to teach children the impact of fossil fuel usage, the options of renewable energy, and the fundamentals that will be required as we downsize our energy use and environmental impact. Students had the opportunity to participate in hands-on experimental activities, and a great time was had by all.

Through generous sponsorships from Origis, Tallahassee Science Festival and The Tallahassee Scientific Society, we were able to partner with the Tallahassee Housing Authority to host a very special third week of Energy Camp.  We believe that all children, regardless of their financial situation, should have the opportunity to learn about STEM and renewable energy.  We are looking forward to Energy Camp 2019 and the opportunity to inspire the next generation of clean energy leaders. 

TIDAL TOWN HALLS

This summer we partnered with First Street Foundation to bring the Tidal Town Halls to a city near you. Ahead of the primary and general elections, we gathered candidates from all levels of government to talk about sea-level rise, climate change and flooding in the state of Florida. These 17 forums were your chance during the 2018 election season to find out where candidates stood on the issues. These Tidal Town were a great addition to our ongoing Sea Level Rise (SLR)Project.

The ReThink Energy Florida Sea Level Rise Project worked over a series of eight months to elevate sea level rise, and other climate-related issues in Florida. The goal was to enhance public awareness of sea-level rise threats in order to build broad public support to act on climate. We organized a series of digital press briefings, as well as the Tidal Town Halls, which resulted in sea level rise being a growing part of the conversation in Florida.

We would like to thank our partner organizations, field organizers, candidates and volunteers who helped make these forums a big hit. Keep your eye on our social media...the Tidal Town Halls could be rolling your way again.

ST. AUGUSTINE MARCH AGAINST FRACKING

We marched, we rallied, we raised our voices.  On August 4th, concerned citizens took to the streets of St. Augustine to make their voices heard: BAN FRACKING NOW! This inspiring march--co-sponsored by ReThink Energy Florida, The Sierra Student Coalition, and many others-- was a demonstration of citizens demanding a safe and sustainable future for Floridians. Thank you to all who raised your voices with us as we marched for the future.  

AMENDMENT 9

This November YOU helped us pass Amendment 9. This amendment to the state constitution put a ban on offshore drilling within Florida's territorial waters. We asked for your help in protecting our state, and you answered.  With 68.9% of the vote, Amendment 9 passed protecting our state from the dangerous and unsustainable practice of offshore drilling. WAY TO GO, FLORIDA!

THE BURDEN: A Film by Roger Sorkin

On December 12th ReThink Energy Florida teamed up with Citizen's Climate Lobby Florida to host a viewing of The Burden. This film tells the story of fossil fuel dependence as our greatest long-term national security threat, and why the military is leading the transition to clean energy. This event was a massive success and we appreciate all that came out to support this film and its powerful message. If you are interested in more info about The Burden click HERE.

Letter to Governor-elect, Ron DeSantis

On December 11th we teamed up with Florida Conservation Voters to deliver a letter to Governor-elect Ron DeSantis. More than 3,400 signatures were delivered with the clear message: ACT ON CLIMATE! This was step one, and we are hopeful Florida's new Governor will hear our call.  


LOOKING FORWARD....2019 and Beyond

We are gearing up for a fantastic 2019. Check out all the ways YOU can be a part of the action.

A Chance for Floridians to Be Heard

Floridians Against Fracking Coalition is gearing up for Legislative Delegation Meetings (LDMs), which are taking place throughout the months of December and January. These meetings offer residents a chance to speak directly to their Legislative Delegation-- all the local and statewide elected officials who represent their county--in a public setting, before the legislative session begins. These meetings are crucial to making sure that environmental issues such as fracking are taken seriously by the legislators who represent our interests.

You can find a full list of upcoming meetings on our website.

If you are interested in attending one of these meetings, please contact V Miller at campaigns@rethinkenergyflorida.org

Reclaiming Florida's Future For All 2019

Save the Date!

ReThink Energy Florida, Environment Florida, Food and Water Watch-Florida, Floridians Against Fracking, Physicians for Social Responsibility Florida, Sierra Club Florida, and other groups will be hosting an advocacy day:


WHAT: Reclaiming Florida's Future for All: Clean Water, Clean Air, Clean Energy

WHEN: Wednesday, March 13, 2019; 10AM-4PM

WHERE: The Florida State Capital; 400 Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301


RSVP HERE:  
...to let us know you'll be by our side on this important day! 

Training: We’re going to make sure you are prepared! Training will occur Tuesday, 3/12, 6:30-8:30pm, with other formats of training available for those traveling in to Tallahassee the day of the event!

Energy Whiz 2019

This year, Energy Whiz is happening on March 30, 2019 at the Leon High tennis courts.  Be on the lookout for more details on our social media. 

We are also in need of volunteers to make this event a success.  For more info on how you can help, please email christina@rethinkenergyflorida.org.  

Youth Environmental Leaders Program

Our Youth Environmental Leaders (YEL) Program will be kicking off again in 2019.  YEL aims to provide instruction, perform public service, and initiate the development of ideas and long term solutions for existing environmental problems. YEL students will learn to enlighten communities on energy issues, and be able to address present and future environmental concerns. YEL encourages youth development by promoting citizen involvement through political activism, outreach and community service.  

For more info on YEL and our other youth education programs, CLICK HERE.


Join Our Team! 

ReThink Energy Florida is currently accepting applications for Spring 2019 interns! At the moment, we're looking to fill the following positions:

  • Web Design Coordinator
  • Grant-writing Development Coordinator
  • Energy Ball Development Coordinator
  • Executive Assistant
  • Political Advocacy Coordinator
  • Adult Outreach Coordinator
  • Research Coordinator
  • Policy Coordinator

Click here to get started!

Volunteer With ReThink

We are always in search of great volunteers. We have a current need in the following areas: 

  • Children's Outreach
  • Lunch and Learn Program
  • Research
  • Chapter Leaders (Across the state, including Tallahassee!)

There are still many other areas in which you can contribute, so please check out our volunteer page and let us know how you can help!

Volunteer HERE!


Spread Some Holiday Cheer!

Giving Tuesday 

On November 27th we participated in Giving Tuesday, the global day to celebrate giving.  Thanks to the generosity of our ReThink family we were able to raise over $3,000 to help support our Youth Environmental Leaders Program (YEL).  Our sincerest THANK YOU to all who donated.

#UnSelfie Contest

Big Bend Gives Back hosted an UnSelfie contest in support of Big Bend area nonprofit organizations.  This fun contest allowed us to take our best #UnSelfies to raise awareness for Giving Tuesday.  Thanks to all of your votes, WE WON!  Our organization received a package worth more than $7,500 in prizes.   Thanks to all who took the time to vote.

As you consider your end-of-year giving, please consider a gift to ReThink Energy Florida! Your contributions will help us further our mission to engage, educate and empower citizens to take action and achieve energy independence in a healthier, more sustainable environment. Thank you for all that you do to make our mission possible, we couldn't do it without you! 

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