January Newsletter

Congratulating Gov Desantis on his anti-fracking bill, a look at some of our upcoming events, including Energy Whiz and Legislative Delegation Meetings, a look at our volunteering opportunities and internship positions.

A Statewide Call to Action!

Great news: Governor DeSantis has ordered DEP to ban fracking! But we still need to make sure the ban gets done correctly and DeSantis ensures that DEP follows through.

That is why we are tweaking our call in day message to Gov. DeSantis.  If you already called, it’s okay to call again.

  1. Dial 866-846-4075

  2. When a staff person answers or you are prompted to leave a voicemail,  say: “My name is__.  I live in ___.  I want to thank Gov. DeSantis for keeping his promise to ban fracking and hope that the ban doesn’t leave any loopholes for the oil industry to endanger our water. Thank you again Governor.”

  3. Share this post to get your friends and family to share the news: https://www.facebook.com/FWWFlorida/posts/1805171062939400?__tn__=-R

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STATEMENT FROM THE FLORIDIANS AGAINST FRACKING COALITION 

  • "Today, Governor DeSantis took a bold step towards banning fracking in Florida once and for all. But there is still a way to go before this directive becomes a reality. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection should begin the rulemaking process immediately and be sure to prohibit all forms of fracking including hydraulic fracturing, matrix acidizing and acid fracking. The definition that has been used in several years of bipartisan bills, including Senate Bill 146, is the one that should be used in changes to rules that result from this executive order. We need to get this right and close any loopholes that could allow fracking in Florida. The health of our people, tourism-based economy, and our remarkable network of waterways is on the line. We applaud Governor DeSantis’ leadership on this issue and are we counting on him to see it through.”

-Floridians Against Fracking Steering Committee

You can find out more by checking out the Floridians Against Fracking Facebook page!

Don't Frack With Congress!

State Senator Linda Stewart (D-Orlando) has filed legislation to permanently ban fracking in Florida! Representative Heather Fitzhagen has also proposed a similar bill, HB 239!

  • “The fracking process involves a host of toxic chemicals injected in the extraction process which could contaminate the fresh water supply for millions of people and our wildlife. It’s just not worth the risks.”

Read more about it here!


Upcoming Events:

Reclaiming Florida's Future For All 2019

Save the Date!

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 Floridians Against Fracking, Sierra Club Florida, Physicians for Social Responsibility Florida, Environment Florida, ReThink Energy Action Fund, Food and Water Watch Florida, Center for Biological Diversity, Ignite Change, and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. 

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

  • 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!

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

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 volunteers@rethinkenergyflorida.org

Students for Climate Action

A former ReThink Energy Camper, Charlotte Stuart-Tilley, is organizing a strike on the steps of the Florida Capitol on January 18th to call for Climate Change Action!

"We, as students, parents, and friends urge our government of United States of America to develop a plan or cancel our withdrawal from the Paris Agreement to help the world get back on track to a 1.5 degree maximum warming target. We need to lower our global emissions by at least 60%. We urge our President and legislators to acknowledge this problem and act on it."

- Charlotte Stuart-Tilley

Find out more on the event's facebook page!

Legislative Delegation Meetings Are Here!

Legislative Delegation Meetings, which 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, are continuing throughout the month of January. These meetings are crucial to making sure that environmental issues such as fracking are taken seriously by the legislators who represent our interests.

Here are some of the meetings coming up in the next week. 

  • Okeechobee County
    Tuesday, January 8th 9am-10:30am
  • Suwannee County
    Monday, January 14th 9am-11am
  • Columbia County
    Monday, January 14th 1pm-3pm

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

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

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

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

  • Reclaiming Florida's Future For All 

    • General Event Day Volunteers

    • Local Recruitment Leaders

      • Participate in conference call week of 1/14 (to know more about the event), 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.
    • Region 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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