november 2018

Make sure to vote yes on Amendment 9! A recap of the October newsletter is included below! We are still in need of interns and volunteers! Check inside for details! Our causes and related events are also inside, with ReThink's regional chapters.

It's hard to believe that we're already in November-time flies when you're working hard! Keep reading to learn more about what we have been up to. Don't forget to VOTE TOMORROW, NOVEMBER 6TH! 


Statewide: 

Amendment 9

Amendment 9 will appear on the November 2018 ballot. By adding an amendment to the Florida constitution, it will permanently protect Floridians from opportunists who would put our economy at risk for the narrow interests of the oil industry. The amendment works by banning drilling for the extraction of oil or natural gas in Florida’s state waters, but this Amendment needs 60% voter approval to pass.

To learn more about Amendment 9, click here.

You can help us spread the word! Contact Campaign Director V Miller at campaigns@rethinkenergyflorida.org to learn more about what you can do to protect Florida's waters.


October Recap:

Tidal Town Halls

At these general election candidate forums, voters and candidates alike participated in a crucial conversation about sea level rise, flooding, red tide, algae blooms, and climate change in general. Such a conversation leading up to the midterm general election could not have been possible without support from First Street FoundationUnion of Concerned Scientists, and many more organizations that facilitated the continuous dialogue on Florida’s critical environmental issues.

We're pleased to provide links to the live streams of our four general election Tidal Town Halls:

Pensacola

Clearwater

Sarasota - Part 1 and Part 2

Miami

  • In the devastating wake of the Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting, several candidates slated to attend the Sarasota and Miami Tidal Town Halls on October 29 instead attended a vigil for the victims. Due to these extenuating circumstances, we asked our Congressional candidates for districts 26 and 27, and districts 16 and 17 to respond to six questions from the forums. Responses received by Friday, November 2nd,  at 12 pm Eastern time are posted below as is. This in no way constitutes an endorsement of any candidate, as we are a 501c3 nonprofit. However, we did want to provide one more opportunity to educate the voters.

The Sponsors are nonpartisan organizations, and this event should not be viewed as a statement endorsing or opposing any candidate. The Sponsors do not issue any statements in support of or in opposition to any candidate.

Big Bend Environmental Forum

  • On October 23rd, the Big Bend Environmental Forum, a coalition of 15 conservation, community, smart growth and sustainable organizations, held a candidate's forum in the Tallahassee City Commission Chambers. Local candidates including those for U.S. Congress, Leon County Commission, Tallahassee City Commission, and Soil and Water Commission gathered to discuss environmental issues facing Florida. Citizens were able to suggest questions covering environmental, energy, sustainability, and growth management issues. A pre-forum open house was held which provided an opportunity for voters to meet the candidates in person. If you couldn't make it out, don't worry! We have links to the live-stream HERE and HERE so you can watch the event from home.

 


Get Involved:

Tallahassee

  • Interns Needed! 

    • We currently have several intern positions open! Join our team and ignite change!

    • Our interns work approximately 10 hours a week, 6 of those hours being in the ReThink office and the remaining 4 hours spent working independently. Ideally, our interns work on our team for at least 2 consecutive semesters. We are actively searching for interns to fill the following roles: 

      • Educational Events Coordinator- Builds a support team to coordinate events related to ReThink Energy Florida's educational and outreach programs, including volunteers to market the event, distribute event information, and recruit participants.

      • Graphic Design Coordinator- supports the Communications Team by creating graphics and educational videos for social media. 

        • Must be able to provide previous work samples. 

      • Adult Outreach Coordinator- Twice a month, coordinator finds opportunities for and performs recruitment activities for ReThink Energy programs or actions.

        • Recruitment activities include but are not limited to: presentations or public addresses to new audiences on salient topics, community surveying, door-to-door canvassing, personal contacts, community tabling; and “creative leafletting.”

      • Youth Outreach Coordinator- Recruits families into REF programs and initiatives by creating outreach programs oriented towards youth. Also develops good relations with community schools and after school programs to promote outreach initiatives and projects.

  • Social Media Team Volunteer
    • Want to help and stay home? Become a part of our Social Media Team! We’ll send you items we’re focused on once per week. Your task will be to share, invite, retweet, or repost to help spread the word!

Statewide

  • We are in need of regular ongoing help – from administrative work to social media support, to working on a campaign or event committee, to tabling with our organization’s outreach team. In particular, we are now looking for volunteers and interns to help with our new chapters! If you can help with short or long term needs, reply to this email!
  • Interns Needed! - There are statewide opportunities to intern with ReThink! Our interns work approximately 10 hours a week, 6 of those hours being in the ReThink office and the remaining 4 hours spent working independently. Ideally, our interns work on our team for at least 2 consecutive semesters. We are actively searching for interns to fill the following roles: 

    • Chapter Leaders- Leads regional chapters by organizing volunteers, creating events, and supporting the overall health of ReThink Energy Florida. 

  • Social Media Team Volunteer

    • Want to help and stay home? Become a part of our Social Media Team! We’ll send you items we’re focused on once per week. Your task will be to share, invite, retweet, or repost to help spread the word!


Our Causes:

Climate Change and Sea Level Rise 

  • Check out our new blog!

    • "With the midterm general election happening tomorrow, we are seeing heightened focus on the environment, climate change, and sea level rise as an election issue.

      --“For climate change, Florida is the ballgame. So says Rafe Pomerance, a man who has worked longer to stave off the threat of global warming than just about anybody.

      If the national politics on climate change is ever to shift from denial to action — in time to stop the disgorging of carbon dioxide beyond the point of no return — Florida, he says, is the key.

      Why? Because no other state is under greater immediate threat from the warming planet and rise in sea levels. And no other swing state has so many electoral votes.

      As Pomerance puts it: “The impacts are extreme and the politics are critical.”

      “This is the largest purple state in the country,” says Pomerance, currently a consultant for the nonprofit ReThink Energy Florida. If the state takes a new attitude on climate change, the “national impact can be very powerful.””-- Read more here.

      Such anticipation stems from the continuous threat of super storms, the red tide, and algae blooms. Our efforts surrounding said issues motivated the return of our Tidal Town Halls ahead of the midterm general election in the following locations: Pensacola, Clearwater, Sarasota, and Miami."

  • If you missed us at a Tidal Town Hall near you, stay tuned to our social media for announcements on post election events.

Fracking

  • In October, Hurricane Michael tore through Florida's panhandle, including Calhoun County, where six permits for exploratory oil and gas drilling are pending with the DEP. The Department of State has given their authorization but as of this time the DEP and FWC have not given their full permission. Calhoun itself was devastated by the hurricane, and campaign director V Miller has spent much of their time in touch with our Calhoun friends assessing the damage and reconstruction coalition strategy. 80% of the county's industry is timber driven, and most of it has been wiped out. We're helping to connect activists with aid, and telling their story while monitoring the local newspaper, the county commission meeting, and other sources for predatory industry activity.

For more information, please contact V Miller at campaigns@rethinkenergyflorida.org.

Offshore Drilling

  • We are only ONE day away from the elections, and we are very close to a 60% majority for Yes on Amendment 9. ReThink Energy Florida held a phone banking event this past Thursday to help rouse support for the amendment. A ban on offshore drilling it Florida would be a big win for our ecosystem and all of us who depend on it. ReThink Energy Florida has been spreading the word on social media and one on one conversations at our Big Bend Environmental Forum.

    • Make sure you vote and also tell your friends to vote Yes on 9!

 For more information, please contact V Miller at campaigns@rethinkenergyflorida.org.

Renewable Energy

  • During the month of October, ReThink Energy Florida followed up with the city utility and has secured a meeting along with several other partner organizations in early November, where we hope to get a full update on the current design of the transition study. In the mean time, research and policy staff have conducted interviews with local leaders on development and housing, and the ways these might be impacted by the Tally35 goal. Stay tuned for more updates!

For more information, please contact V Miller at campaigns@rethinkenergyflorida.org.

Single-Use Plastics

  • Check out THIS article for an interesting update on plastic waste! A team of researchers at the National University of Singapore have developed a method of turning plastic bottle waste into ultralight polyethylene terephthalate (PET) aerogels that can be used for a variety of different purposes such as heat insulation. Talk about recycling!
  • If you are also passionate about ending single-use plastics to an end in your area, let us know!

For more information, please contact V Miller at campaigns@rethinkenergyflorida.org              .


 ReThink's Regional Chapters:

  • ReThink Energy Florida is actively expanding across the state, and in doing so, we have established 'ReThink Energy Regional Facebook Groups'. These groups support local chapters and are great online communities for concerned Floridians who seek to help make a difference in your regional communities. In addition, we have our statewide Facebook page and our statewide Facebook Group for sharing statewide activities!

  • If you are a member of the following communities, we strongly encourage you to follow these links to join your ReThink Energy Regional Groups!

  • If you live in a region of Florida not listed above and would like to start a regional group for your area, respond to this email and let us know!



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Most of all, thank you for all of your continued support for our important mission! Since we are in the middle of the Florida legislative session and policy makers, right now, have the opportunity to make impactful change on the health of our environment, we must make our voices heard, hold our elected officials accountable, and support to our mission to ReThink Energy.

And as always, be sure to keep up with us on social media for more great events, news, and ways to get involved by following us on FacebookTwitterInstagramand Snapchat!

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