February Newsletter

A call to action to stop the flawed house bill in favor of Montford's ban, a look at our upcoming Tallahassee and South Florida Chapter events, including Reclaiming Florida's Future, Energy Whiz, and What the Frack, and a look at the new bill to allow drilling for oil in the Everglades region and the Youth Environmental Leaders program (YEL), and opportunities to volunteer and become and intern.

A Statewide Call to Action!

We Need Your Help!

Call to Beat NEW Flawed House Bill and Pass Montford’s Ban in the Senate

Yesterday, a proposed House committee bill (PCB 19-01)--a bill not sponsored by any legislator, but drafted on behalf of an entire committee--was released and scheduled to be heard in front of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee next week on Wednesday, February 13, at 10:00 AM. This bill DOES NOT include a full definition of fracking, and pushing Committee Chair Chuck Clemons and his fellow committee members to amend the bill’s definition is CRUCIAL to protecting the health of all Florida residents.

  1. Please Call Chair Clemons at (850) 717-5021 IMMEDIATLEY and urge him to amend the proposed committee bill with the right definition of fracking--the one included in Representative Fitzenhagan’s HB 239.

  2. Please Call Speaker Oliva at (850) 717-5110 and urge him to vocalize his support for the full definition of fracking contained in Representative Heather Fitzenhagan’s true ban bill, HB 239.

On the SAME day, and at the SAME time, Senator Montford’s fracking ban bill--Senate Bill (SB) 314--will be heard before the Senate Environmental and Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday, February 13 at 1:00 PM. Passing this bill--which has a good definition of fracking--is crucial to defending our ban in the Senate and stopping the flawed bill in the House. Please help us get a strong YES vote by doing the following:

  1. If you live in DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Highlands, Okeechobee, Charlotte, Lee, or Polk County, please call Senator Ben Albritton at 850-487-5026 and ask him to vote YES on Senator Montford’s fracking ban bill.

  2. If you live in Northern Indian River or the Southern Brevard County, please call Senator Debbie Mayfield at 850-487-5017 and ask her to vote YES on Senator Montford’s fracking ban bill.

  3. If you live in Southern Volusia County or Northern Brevard County, please call Senator Tom Wright at 850-487-5014 and ask him to vote YES on Senator Montford’s fracking ban bill.


Upcoming Events

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

REGISTER NOW!

This March, we are hosting an Advocacy Day at the Florida State Capitol! Concerned Florida citizens from all across the state will have the opportunity to speak to their legislators and let their voices be heard. We are advocating to protect Florida’s clean water, support renewable energy, and BAN Fracking! We will be talking with our legislators about these critical issues.

This event is co-sponsored by ReThink Energy Florida, Environment Florida, Food and Water Watch-Florida, Floridians Against Fracking, ReThink Energy Action Fund, Physicians for Social Responsibility Florida, Sierra Club Florida, Center for Biological Diversity, Florida Student Power Network, Earthjustice, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, and many more still to come!

WHAT: Reclaiming Florida's Future For All

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

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

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

  • Transportation: There will be buses and vans coming from all areas of Florida – register to let us know you want to ride!

  • Lodging: A group rate has been set up at Howard Johnson Express Inn. The rate is $75 + taxes for rooms with either two queens or one king bed. They also will be blocking off parking spaces in their lot to accommodate for buses. Their address is 2726 N Monroe St and their phone number is (850) 386-5000.

RSVP here and check out our Facebook event to stay tuned!


Tallahassee Chapter 

Events

Energy Whiz 2019

This year, Energy Whiz is happening on March 30, 2019 at the Leon High tennis courts. Energy Whiz is an opportunity for local students from third grade and up (through high school) to use and demonstrate their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) knowledge, creative thinking, teamwork to design and build small solar-powered model cars, solar cookers and create a dish in that same cooker.

WHAT: 2019 Regional Energy Whiz Olympics Expo

WHEN: Saturday, March 30, 2019; 10AM-2PM 

WHERE: Leon High School Tennis Courts, 550 E Tennessee Street, Tallahassee, Fl 32308

Register here or check out our facebook event for more information! 

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


South Florida Chapter

Events

What The Frack!

Communities across Florida have already made it clear they want fracking banned, passing 90 local measures against fracking in cities and counties that represent over 70% of the state population. It's time the Legislature stepped up and passed a statewide ban. Join us with the Institute for Civic Engagement, YES! Club, Earth Ethics Institute and hear from knowledgeable panelists to discuss the impacts of FRACKING on our health, local economic development and communities.

WHAT: What The Frack!

WHEN: Wednesday, February 27, 2019; 12PM-1PM

WHERE: Miami Dade College- Hialeah Campus; 1780 West 49th Street, Hialeah, Fl 33012

Panelist: TBA
For questions or more information contact Salome at 786-387-5111 or SaGarcia@fwwatch.org

Stay updated on the event's facebook page!


Big News

Court clears the way for oil drilling in Everglades!

"Overturning a decision by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, an appeals court Tuesday ordered the state to issue a permit to a major Broward County landowner that wants to drill an exploratory oil well in the Everglades." Why does this matter? This decision only raises the stakes for the ban fracking bill to be turned down. To ensure the ban fracking bill gets a strong YES vote, make sure to contact your local Senator and tell them to vote YES on Senate Bill (SB) 314!

Read more here!


Youth Environmental Leaders Program (YEL)

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! 

Intern

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

  • Volunteer Coordinator

  • Adult Outreach Coordinator

  • Outreach Coordinator

  • Educational Events Coordinator

  • Web Design Coordinator

  • Communications Grant Coordinator

  • Energy Ball Development Coordinator

  • Social Media Coordinator

  • Executive Assistant

Click here to get started!

Volunteer 

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

  • Energy Whiz 2019

    • Event Preparation Volunteers

    • General Event Day Volunteers

      • If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Associate Director of Education, Christinia Mbuya at volunteers@rethinkenergyflorida.org.

      • P.S. Students volunteering at this event can earn community service hours! 
  • Reclaiming Florida's Future For All 

    • General Event Day Volunteers

    • Local Recruitment Leaders

      •  Help publicize the event, try to get appointment within district, work to get 5+ people to carpool and/or hop on a bus or van to attend.
    • Local Travel Captains

      • Know the details of the travel arrangements from your area, check in with assigned attendees 10 days out from event, coordinate any last minute changes (ie drop outs, new additions, special requests), attend event via mass transit offered from your area, check people into transportation.
    • Local Media Captains (does not need to attend)

      • Send out Letters to the Editors, add event to Newspaper Calendars, pitching pre-event publicity, including Local radio station segments, send Media Advisory (developed by steering committee), send Press Release as/after event happens.
    • Regional Legislative Guides (Shepherd)

      • Attend Conference Call week of 2/4/19, email legislators meeting requests, follow-up emails with calls - week of 2/18/18, follow-up and Confirm meetings - week of 3/4/18, be familiar with Handouts, Bills & Issues, assign attendees to set of meetings, be available by phone/text/email to receive last minute changes, lead groups from assigned area around capitol, encourage attendees to speak with legislators.

  • Children's Outreach

  • Social Media

    • Share, like, and retweet ReThink Energy Florida's social media posts and promote the organization through creative outlets. 

  • Photography Team
    • Capture moments and memories with ReThink Energy Florida at events to share on social media and other public platforms. 

    • Intermediate level camera or iPhone 8 plus (or higher) preferred.

  • 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!


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