Mark October 6th on your calendars! Growing Climate Solutions, a member of the Climate and Community Initiative, hopes to see you at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa for a unique climate summit, an event where residents, business owners, and community leaders can learn about community-wide efforts to address climate challenges and exchange ideas about how best to make SWFL a resilient community. The Summit will have three sessions: the first introduces local climate challenges; the second showcases organizations implementing climate actions in the region; the third will feature an interactive community-engagement exercise aimed at identifying and prioritizing strategies for implementation. The Summit will be held in collaboration with the 3-day long Florida Resilience Conference organized by Florida Shore & Beaches Preservation Association, so those wanting to participate in both events must register for each independently. Months in the making, we are counting on our community of concerned citizens to participate – and equally importantly – spread the word about this event. More information is available at swflclimate.org
Raising climate awareness and support for related policy and projects is important, as a recent survey of 400 SWFL adults found attention to this issue is slipping relative to concerns on the economy, energy costs and other issues. The results of the survey, which Growing Climate Solutions commissioned this spring with Lake Partner Research, became available in June and were released publicly in early July. The new data shows that an overwhelming majority of residents support the right to clean water, clean air, and clean energy. However, they also indicate a growing polarization on climate attitudes among Democrats and Republicans and that concern and support for climate issues have weakened since 2018, especially among Republican respondents. A summary of the data appears in this newsletter, and more comprehensive information can be found on our website’s resource page.
On July 28 Growing Climate Solutions joined forces with Conservation Collier, Robbie’s Trees Fund, and Oracle Hospitality Corporation to plant 150 native trees in the 37-acre Rattlesnake Hammock Conservation Collier Preserve. Approximately fifty Oracle staff members took part in this corporate team building day which concluded with a visit by Collier County Commissioner Penny Taylor. We sincerely thank Commissioner Taylor for making the event possible and for her long-standing support of Conservation Collier, a voter-approved program that acquires and preserves environmentally sensitive lands to benefit future generations.
Earlier this summer, Growing Climate Solutions helped launch a workgroup of local interfaith leaders striving to motivate action on climate in and through their religious congregations. The group, led by Hilary Stecklein Kobrin and Andy Wells-Bean, includes representatives of seven churches and synagogues in the area. Interested parties are encouraged to reach out to Hilary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, we have begun working with the Carbon Crew Project for the launch of a Carbon Crew team in our area in mid-October. Read more about Carbon Crew in this newsletter and contact Josephine DiVencenzi at email@example.com to get involved.