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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Cities and Towns Continue to Lead the Way with New “Mayors For 100% Clean Energy” Push

Cities and Towns Continue to Lead the Way with New “Mayors For 100% Clean Energy” Push

In the past year we’ve seen over 25 cities across the U.S. embrace renewables as their power source by committing to transition to 100 percent clean energy. From San Diego to Abita Springs, Louisiana, from Salt Lake City to St. Petersburg, Florida, big cities and small towns know that clean energy is the way to cleaner air, climate action, better jobs, and a stronger economy.
Yet few of these commitments would be possible without the leadership of a visionary mayor. That’s why we’re excited to announce a new Ready For 100 push, called Mayors for 100% Clean Energy, to urge more mayors nationwide to endorse a vision of 100 percent clean energy.
Mayors know first-hand the harmful effects that pollution, the high cost of energy, and climate change have on people and families in their cities. From increased rates of asthma to missed days of school and work, mayors see how dirty fuels like coal and gas harm our health and put entire communities at risk. They’ve witnessed how fossil fuel companies and utilities have held cities back by locking us into costly, polluting energy while fighting or stalling affordable clean energy solutions. Many mayors govern cities that are grappling with the increasing risks associated with climate change, which put a strain on city budgets and infrastructure.
But mayors are also at the vanguard of innovative, bi-partisan solutions. Mayors Philip Levine of Miami Beach, Jackie Biskupski of Salt Lake City, Kevin Faulconer of San Diego, and Steve Benjamin of Columbia, South Carolina share a commitment to lead their communities and the nation toward a cleaner, more reliable and affordable energy. As Co-Chairs of Mayors For 100% Clean Energy, these mayors are leading by example and inviting their peers across the country to join them in supporting a transition to clean, renewable energy.
Mayors have a way of elevating issues when their time has come.
  St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman was the first
mayor in Florida to lead his city to a commitment
 to a 100% clean energy future for all.
 
We are in such a moment. A majority of Americans want clean air, clean water, and clean energy. Americans oppose cuts to environmental protections and they opposed cuts to the agencies that keep us safe from pollution. By a more than 5 to 1 margin, voters say the U.S. should keep its commitment to the Paris Agreement to reduce carbon pollution and address climate change. And too many American lives are lost, especially in low income communities and communities of color, to the impacts of dirty fuels. The Trump administration has made abundantly clear that it is hell bent on gutting bedrock environmental protections and putting dirty energy interests first—even if it means putting millions of Americans at risk of illness, disease and even premature death.
We can meet these challenges head-on by leading the transition away from fossil fuels in our cities, our towns, and our communities.
Cities are uniquely positioned to drive the innovation, creativity, ideas, and solutions needed to tackle the pressing social and economic issues we are facing. A growing trend among cities committing to 100 percent renewable energy demonstrates the ambition of mayors, in red states and blue, to articulate a vision for our country that is aligned with the will and well-being of the people.
Miami Beach Mayor Philip
Levine
will host the Mayors for
100% Clean Energy
press event
at the U.S. Conference of Mayors
in his city June 23.  
100 percent renewable energy is both the right thing and the smart thing to do. In 100 percent cities like Georgetown, Texas, wind and solar provided an affordable and stable energy solution that shelters residents from the fluctuating costs of dirty fuels. Georgetown is now one of the first cities to run entirely on renewable energy.
Clean energy is saving schools, businesses, and faith communities serious money! Schools are saving millions of dollars that they are putting money back into the classroom after investing in solar. Churches are reinvesting in programs like food banks that serve low-income and impoverished communities with the money they save from going solar.Now is the time to transition from dirty fuels to 100 percent clean energy! Committing to 100 percent renewable energy will make cities and towns healthier and stronger today and in the future. Whether you’re a mayor or an activist you can take action now-- step up and support 100 percent clean and renewable energy in your community.

Thousands to March for Climate at Mar-A-Lago & 20 Florida cities on Sat., April 29


Press Advisory
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Jonathan Ullman, Sierra Club, jonathan.ullman@sierraclub.org


On Saturday, April 29, Floridians to hold large Climate Marches on Mar-A-Lago and throughout the state

On the road to the “Southern White House” and 20 other Florida cities thousands of concerned residents will hold People’s Climate “Sister” Marches on Trump's 100th day coinciding with the Washington, DC march for climate, jobs and justice


When: Saturday, April 29, 2017 - See individual march hours below.

Where: Mar-A-Lago, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Ft. Lauderdale, Tallahassee, Sarasota, Ft. Myers, Pensacola, Jacksonville, Gainesville, Naples, Key West and many more.

What:  As Washington, DC marches against Trump’s Climate Catastrophe, Florida isn’t standing still. The state will host 21 sister marches from Mar-A-Lago to Pensacola to Miami to show that we, Floridians, with our front-row seat to climate change, demand action, justice and clean energy jobs. The events will include marches, rallies, even bike rides.

**VISUALS** Marchers with signs, posters, banners and art will deliver a message of strength and unity to President Trump that climate change cannot be ignored.

Why:

This date marks the end of the first 100 days of the Trump Administration, during which time Donald Trump has dismantled hard-won climate protections, issued assaults on our air, water, and land, directly attacked the well-being of working families, and marginalized Indigenous communities, people of color, immigrants, the LGBTQIA community, women, young people, and low-income communities.

For continuous updates: click here 

All sister marches (world-wide) shown on a map plus DC march info:
           
Official Florida Twitter hashtags:    #ClimateMarchFL   #PeoplesClimateFL
Official National Twitter hashtags:  #ClimateMarch       #PeoplesClimate


West Palm Beach to Mar-a-Lago
(Trump’s so-called “Southern White House”)
4/29 (10:30a to 1p)
Rally starts at 10:30a at George Petty Park (Washington Road at Royal Palm Road). Speakers at 11a, then march to Bingham Island (close to Mar-a-Lago) at 11:30a via Flagler Dr and Southern Blvd. The goal of the March is to stand for Climate, Jobs, Justice, and resistance to Trump’s Climate Denial Policies!
Contacts:  David Gibson, Peace, Justice, Sustainability Florida, peacehome.campaigns@gmail.com610-220-0223
Patrick Ferguson, Sierra Club, patrick.ferguson@sierraclub.org954-288-4234

Miami
4/29 (1p - 4p)Jose Marti Park, 399 SW 4th St, Miami, Florida 33130
By:  Miami Climate Alliance
New Florida Majority - 305-754-0118
Maria-Victoria Ramirez
David McDougal, South Florida Regional Director - david@newfloridamajority.org
Valencia Gunder, South Florida Lead Organizer - valencia@newfloridamajority.org

Tampa Bay
4/29 (10a - 1p)
Lykes Gaslight Park, 410 N. Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602
Rally in AM, followed by a march through downtown to Hillsborough RiverWalk, including sea level rise display at MacDill Park on RiverWalk.
By:  Organize Florida, Sierra Club Florida, Environment Florida, and the Women’s March, etc
Dayna Lazarus, Organize Florida - (727) 259-3655dayna@organizeflorida.org
Jennifer Rubiello, Environment Florida, 818.203.7625 cell, jennifer@environmentflorida.org
Jill Wenner, Women's March Pinellas - jill.wmpinellas@gmail.com
Phil Compton - Sierra Club FL Ready for 100 campaign staff - phil.compton@sierraclub.org813-841-3601
Kent Bailey, TB Sierra Group Chair kent.bailey@florida.sierraclub.org 813-727-1202

Orlando
The climate crisis is a symptom of a deeper problem: an ECONOMY based on extraction and exploitation of resources and people. This economy benefits a few at the expense of communities and the planet.Orlando People's Climate March will be happening in the Pine Hills community-a community that has experienced firsthand environmental racism.
We will send a message to our elected officials that the people of PINE HILLS matter!  That we deserve equal rights, freedom from discrimination and an economic system that will ensure that our communities will have collective ownership and sustainability that includes job readiness and living wages.
This is more than a march, this is a gathering of people of color who are at the front lines of environmental and climate injustices, and who are ready to lead to help make change for a better future.

The event will begin at 1:00 pm on 5185 North Lane, Orlando FL, 32808; speakers at 1:30 pm followed by march
After the march Organize Florida and its partners will be hosting a community event at Meadowbrook Middle School, 6000 North Lane, Orlando, FL 32808.

ContactsOrganize Florida
·         Andrea Romero - andrea@organizeflorida.org - 321-609-1564
·         Michelle Suarez - michelle@organizeflorida.org
·         Yulissa Arce - yulissa@organizeflorida.org

Ft. Lauderdale
4/29 (2-6 pm)
George English Park, 1101 Bayview Dr, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Rally at the park (2-4p), then march over the bridge along Sunrise Blvd to the beach and back
Speakers planned at the rally and at the beach
By: Robert Figueroa, 917-652-1050 robertfigueroa@gmail.com

Other partners incl: Sierra Club Broward Group, Progress For All, Sea Level Rise Solutions, Sea Turtle Oversight Protection, Citizens Climate Lobby, League of Women Voters Broward and Black Lives Matter Alliance Broward 

St Petersburg
4/29 (10:30a - 12:30p)
Mirror Lake, 654 Mirror Lake Dr N, St Petersburg, FL 33701
Gather at Mirror Lake and 6th St. N, for signmaking, tabling, speaker's rally, then ~ 11:15a a sidewalk march into downtown for the 1.7-mi round trip, back at Mirror Lake around 12:30p.
Contact: Michael Whalen, dayquestor108@protonmail.com 727-742-8297

Jacksonville
New Town Urban Farm- 1225 Pearce Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209
We look forward to an afternoon of local environmental dialog, to explore where we can band together.
By:  Kimberly Miller - kmillerfsu@hotmail.com(904) 327-8020
Sierra Club Northeast Florida Group

Tallahassee
12-1 pm
Florida Historic Capitol • 400 South Monroe St. , Tallahassee, FL 32303
Join us on April 29th at 12PM to rally in front of the Historic Florida Capitol!

Contact: Holly Parker at hparker@surfrider.org or 850-567-3393 for more information.

Ft Myers
4/29 (2p - 5p)
Centennial Park, 2000 W 1st Street, Fort Myers, Florida 33901
2-2:30 PM:  speakers, meet at Centennial Park, pavilion area. After, we will then march to the Edison Bridge, walk the bridge and back.
By:  Anonymous Movement of SW Florida
Anthony J (AJ) Amedure - 248-892-5015moonwalkeraa@att.net  

Sarasota
4/29 (10a - 12p)  - Sarasota Stands for Climate Justice - sign waving event
Bayfront Park, Island Park Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
By:  Sarasota Climate Justice Coalition
20 organizations, stationary event in along stretch of road by Bayfront. Focus: Local solutions to climate change, esp. Ready for 100 campaign.
Contact:
Sean Sellers - rssellers@gmail.com
Lynn Nilssen (Sierra) - lynn@nilssen.us

Gainesville
4/29 (3p - 5p)
Bo Diddley Plaza - 111 E University Avenue, Gainesville, FL
Meet at 3pm, then march to Depot Park where there will be speakers at 4pm
The East and West side of Gainesville are "impacted communities" and have had a lot to contend with over the last several decades.  We are staging here to bring attention to the issues of environmental justice for diverse communities and theinterdependence of environmental responsibility and stewardship
By:  Sierra Club Suwannee-St Johns Group

Pensacola
4/29 (10a - 12p CDT)
Downtown Pensacola, Long Hollow Park• 1001 N. Guillemard St., Pensacola, FL 32501
By: 350 Pensacola
Sandra Adams - sladamsphd@flgrn.com
Christian Wagley - 350pensacola@gmail.com

Naples
4 corners Airport Pulling & US41• 3315 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, FL 34112
(in front of Collier County Government Complex)
Contact: Barbara Gregory; IndivisibleCollier@gmail.com203-434-0333

Flagler Beach
4/29 (10a - 1p) - Rally by the Sea
Veteran's Park- 105 S. 2nd St, Flagler Beach , FL 32136
meet at Wadsworth Park to march over the bridge to Veterans Park
By: Coquina Coast Democratic Progressive Caucus
Rebecca Cappetta
Sierra Volusia-Flagler

Key West
4/29 (9a - 1p) - community event/ rally
Bayview Park, Key West, FL (Truman Avenue & Jose Marti Dr)
City's Arbor Day will include tree planting and rainbarrel workshop. At noon, City Mayor and others will speak about City's efforts on climate change. Wear yellow, orange or red for a crowd photo op.
By:  Women's March FL - Florida Keys
Natalia Duke, wmwflkeys@gmail.com

Sebring
4/30 (1p - 4p)
Sebring Civic Center, 345 W Center Ave, Sebring , FL 33870
By: Highlands County Democratic Party
Monique James - 863-381-3882

Bike CD12 - Lake Tarpon
4/29 (8:30a - ?)
John Chesnut Sr. Park, 2200 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor, FL 34685

Bike CD12 - Clearwater/Safety Harbor, FL
4/29 (8:45a - ?)
Ream Wilson Trail, 1501 N Belcher Rd, Clearwater, FL 33765

Bike CD12 - Odessa, FL
4/29 (9a - ?)
Lutz Lake Fern Trail Head, 7020 Lutz Lake Fern Road, Odessa, FL 33556

Bike CD12 - New Port Richey, FL
4/29 (10:30a - ?)
Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Boulevard, New Port Richey, FL 34655

Bike CD12 - Dade City, FL
4/29 (12:15p - ?)
Withlacoochee State Trail - Trilby Trail Head - 37451 Trilby Rd, Dade City, FL 33523

Contacts for all CD12 Bike Rides: Elise Mysels - PascoActivists@gmail.com or pascopda@gmail.com(813) 956-8661
Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) 

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