- challenging proposed coal-fired power plants,
- pushing for meaningful levels of energy efficiency,
- and designing renewable energy policy.
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George Cavros is clean energy attorney and advocate. He has worked on a range of state energy policy issues for over a decade, such as:
Tom is the founder and Senior Minister of a Universalist Church, Medicine Signs Spiritual Center, that, since 1992, has carried its message throughout Florida, the United States, and the world.
He currently teaches in the Religious Studies Department at Florida International University.
He is also the CEO of Inner Life Transformations, which provides online spiritual counseling and guidance throughout the world. Throughout his 46 year career as a counselor, Tom has worked within the Civil Rights Movement, and advocated for victims of child abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault/rape.
Tom has a Master’s Degree of Social Work from Barry University (1976) in Miami, Florida, and a Master’s Degree of Divinity (2003) and a Doctorate of Ministry (2006) from The Florida Center for Theological Studies.
In 2015, Tom authored with his wife, Rev. Cathy Norris, A Fresh Cup of Tolerance, subtitled Universalism: The New Religion of Tolerance. It is available on Amazon.com and all the book sellers.
Today, Tom lives with Cathy in South Florida, and is the happy father of two wonderful children and the grandfather of four beautiful grandchildren.
The presentation will cover a brief history of oil and gas activities in Florida, current oil and gas projects, prior legislation, the upcoming legislative session, and our work on oil and gas at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.
Meredith Barnard is an Environmental Policy Analyst at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. She focuses on the organization’s oil and gas campaign and assists on various natural resource policy issues. Meredith earned a Bachelor’s degree in marine science from the University of Miami and a Master’s degree in marine and environmental affairs from the University of Washington.
Senator Dwight M. Bullard is a proud educator, leader and advocate in the state of Florida. Since 2000 he has been a teacher at Coral Reef Senior High School in Miami Florida, and on November 9th, 2012 he was sworn into office as state Senator of Florida District 39. Currently he serves as Vice Chair of Transportation, and sits on numerous committees ranging from the Joint Select Committee on Collective Bargaining to the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education in the state of Florida.
Prior to his election in 2012 to the Florida Senate, Senator Bullard served in the Florida House of Representatives. During that time he was named Democratic Ranking Member of the Education Committee during the 2010-2012 term due to his outstanding leadership and commitment to education. His passion for advocacy and leadership has granted him tremendous recognition.
Steven Machat will discuss the recent ruling from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection that would allow close to 100 “regulated” chemicals including those that cause cancer to be dumped into Florida’s waterways. Protection of the earth and those that inhabit it, or the pursuit of paper profits benefitting a few?
Steven Machat is an Independent candidate for Florida’s United States Senate.
A graduate of the University of Miami Business School and Vanderbilt Law School, Machat got his first experience with the nuances of party politics when he became involved Jimmy Carter’s daunting but successful campaign for President.
He has been both a Republican and a Democrat; a lifelong dealmaker, tenacious social activist and an avid historian. As a public defender in Davidson County, Tennessee, Machat experienced our legal system first hand.
In 1978, Machat became law partners with his late father, Marty Machat — a music industry legend. Working from offices in New York, Los Angeles and London, Machat executive produced, promoted and marketed their clients while protecting their legal interests. During his career, Machat represented many music icons including Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, ELO, Snoop Dogg, Genesis and others. Through it all, Machat is proudest of “HOPE”, an album the Dalai Lama dedicated to peace.
As an author, Machat has written four books: Highways of Man – The Odyssey Almanac, Man, Community & Living The American Dream, Gods, Gangsters and Honor: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Odyssey, Sacred Knowledge, A Rock ‘n’ Roller’s Guide to Higher Consciousness
Machat’s professional career has taken him to all six continents and the most important trip is the one he’s on now, visiting all 67 counties in Florida by car. While some travels are planned in advance, most are random visits through back roads and local highways, speaking with Florida’s citizens in their towns, workplaces, favorite spots for breakfast and lunch; sports and recreation or simply sitting waterside.
It’s through these travels Machat is listening to what’s keeping them up at night and how they envision their futures.
He is motivated with a passion and the belief he can represent and protect the people of Florida with a priority for their health, education, welfare, equality and security to the best of his ability.
And that’s what keeps him up at night.
One of the words commonly used to describe the neopagan traditions is "earth/nature-centered" but we sometimes struggle to walk the talk. It isn't enough to cast spells to heal the land, seek out animal and nature spirit guides, and pray. If we truly believe the Earth -- as planet and ecosystem -- is our Mother Goddess, we must act to preserve and restore Her balance. This is a call to action: neopagans in South Florida should become the fiercest defenders of our ancient and natural heritage.
Being born in Cuba, I had many opportunities to experience the nature and wildlife of the tropics as a child. That connection never left me, even as I became exposed to neopaganism in my college years, here in the United States. Finding Wicca gave me a spiritual, grounding practice. It was wish fulfillment and life-affirming at the same time. I graduated university as an anthropologist, but went on to teach middle school science around Palm Beach County. Teaching young minds about the natural wonders around them has reaffirmed a strong ecological dimension to my life and beliefs. I am now involved in reaching out to other pagans in the South Florida region, aiming to translate my joy and wonder of the Florida ecosystems into meaningful activism.
A conversation about swimmable, drinkable, fishable water.
Marty is a 6th generation Floridian, born and raised in Dade County. He served in the US Submarine Service and is SSN 637 class qualified to wear Dolphins. Stomping the Florida Everglades throughout his life, a hunter, a fisherman, environmentalist and clean water advocate, his understanding and study of Florida’s hydrology, geohydrology and ecology is a lifelong pursuit. Marty’s family has a long history of Community involvement, and his sense of Legacy is acute.
Marty believes everyone should serve their local Communities and he has served on the Trustee Steering Committee at Gilbert’s Bar House of Refuge, on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee at Stuart Feed Store Museum and a term on the Martin County Historical Preservation Board. Also served on several terms on the Board of Directors, and was Historian for the Lake Worth Pioneers Association. Marty has been involved with water issues since the early 1990’s including the St. Lucie Initiative, and the inception of the Rivers Coalition in 1998. An accomplished and respected historian, over the years he has made presentations and speeches teaching our Citizens and Children about our rich local history often in first person as his Great Great Grandfather Hannibal Dillingham Pierce, a Cousin of Lt. Col. Benjamin Pierce of the Fort fame.
Marty was selected as your Indian Riverkeeper Sept 2012 and has worked hard to educate and raise awareness about clean water. The mission of the Indian Riverkeeper is to protect and restore the waters of North America's most diverse estuary, the Indian River Lagoon, its tributaries, fisheries and habitats through advocacy, enforcement and citizen action.
Jean Sarmiento is creator of SunKeeper Solutions and co-founder of the Love the Everglades Movement. Together they have become a creative force in the realm of Environmental Advocacy.
SunKeeper Solutions is dedicated to the health of the Planet. They are achieving this through implementing Artistic strategies to solve Environmental problems. They specialize in Native Plants and Habitat Restoration – from Native landscapes in peoples homes to major remediation work within Wetlands. With partnerships in the Industry, no job is too big or too small.
Their services include Custom Artisanship, Living Walls, Solar Mosaics, Phytoremediation, Flood Mitigation, Water Towers, Invasive Species Removal, Edible Gardens and beyond. They are also available for Educational Workshops and Presentations.
Daniella Levine Cava was elected in 2014 to serve as the Miami-Dade County Commissioner representing District 8, which includes Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay, Homestead, and unincorporated areas of South Dade including Redland, Falls, Princeton, Naranja, Leisure City and parts of West Kendall.
Commissioner Cava comes to elected office after having served as an advocate for South Florida residents and communities for over 30 years. She served special needs children and immigrants at Legal Services of Greater Miami, and then represented children in the child welfare system as Associate and Legal Director for the Guardian Ad Litem Program.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew, Commissioner Cava was recruited to create a new intake system for child abuse cases with the Department for Children and Families (DCF). Her efforts were concentrated on the neighborhoods of County Commission District 8 where she helped restore the lives and homes of those devastated by the storm. Due to her success with this special assignment, she was promoted to Manager for Foster Care, Adoptions and Child Welfare Legal Services.
In 1996 Commissioner Cava founded Catalyst Miami (former called Human Services Coalition of Dade County, to help low- and middle-income families through education and advocacy. Catalyst is an innovator in health and human services and an incubator for new approaches to community and economic development.
At Catalyst Miami, she launched the Prosperity Campaign in alliance with the business community, Chambers of Commerce, United Way, and local banks. The Prosperity Campaign helps people increase their income and savings, and has brought in hundreds of millions in income tax credits and other programs, money reinvested in the local economy. Catalyst helps approximately 5,000 people each year to become more self-sufficient. Catalyst is also a leader in civic engagement, training and supporting thousands of local residents to play a more active role in local government and community life.
Commissioner Cava has helped thousands improve their standard of living and enter the middle class. She has created hundreds of jobs through programs such as Public Allies, ReServe, and internships throughout the nonprofit and government sectors. Hundreds of new civic leaders have graduated from Catalyst's programs, including new immigrant leaders in Homestead. These graduates are now active members of school, community and civic life.
She has served on the Florida Bar Committee on Legal Needs of Children; the boards of League of Women Voters, Orange Bowl Foundation, North Dade Medical Foundation and the South Florida Health Information Initiative, and several national boards. She's won awards from the Commission on Ethics, Red Cross, American Society for Public Administration, ACLU, FIU, National Council of Jewish Women, League of Women Voters, People for the American Way and American Association of University Women, among
others. She graduated from Leadership Florida and was selected as one of 11 "leadership fellows" by the International Women's Forum in 1999.
She has been a trustee-level member of the Greater Miami Chamber for over a decade and a member of the Steering Committee for One Community One Goal. She also serves on two economic development advisory boards at Florida International University and the community healthcare advisory board at University of Miami.
Born in New York City, and raised across North and South America, her family stressed giving back and working to create equal opportunity. Commissioner Cava received her bachelor's degree in psychology with honors from Yale University and graduate degrees in law and social work from Columbia University. She came to South Florida in 1980 to join her husband, Dr. Robert Cava, a Miami native, who returned home to join his father in medical practice.
Daniella and Robert raised two children, Eliza and Edward Cava, in Miami-Dade, supported by strong networks of friends, families and co-workers. They welcomed Fanny, Daniella's beloved mother-in-law, and countless interns, family and friends to live in their home.
Al will be discussing the status of the globally imperiled Richmond Pine Rocklands - the last 2% of contiguous Pine Rocklands in Miami Dade County & the home to several endangered species including the Florida Bonneted Bat & the Florida Leafwing Butterfly to name a few. He will speak about how this once federal land was given to the University of Miami then sold to a West Palm Beach developer for the purpose of developing a water theme park, a 900 unit apartment complex, shopping complex, & a Walmart. He will discuss the multiple mishaps along the way with Miami-Dade County & the US Fish & Wildlife Service & the ongoing epic battle to save this land & endangered animals from extinction.
President of the Miami Pine Rocklands Coalition.
Retired Investigative Reporter and Digital Journalist who celebrated 40 years in local and network broadcasting based out of South Florida.
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