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March for the Ocean

Posted by Amanda Hicks on Thursday, June 7th, 2018 at 10:59am.


This Saturday, June 9th, is the "March for the Ocean"- an international event inspiring people to protect the waters that connect us all.

According to the M4O website, the march is a public statement to stand united against plastics, petrochemicals, "and other polluted runoff that is poisoning our drinking water and coastal seas and putting our health and economies at risk; we’ll march for clean energy - for economic, job-generating safe alternatives to offshore oil drilling and spilling; we’ll march for neighborhoods and communities endangered by rising seas, intensified hurricanes, historic flooding and other calamities exacerbated by carbon and other greenhouse gas pollutants. We’ll march in support of science that is funded, respected and uncensored and common sense solutions for our and future generations."

The Citizens Climate Lobby, a nonprofit organization based in Boca Raton, is hosting the Palm Beach County march in West Palm Beach. Here's how it's going to go:

8:30-9:30 a.m.: BREAKFAST: Meet & Greet at E.R. Bradley’s on Clematis.

9:30 a.m.: GATHERING: Directly across from the Clematis Waterfront Park along the Flagler Dr. Sea Wall.

9:30-11 a.m.: FLOTILLA: Kayak & Paddleboard dock launch “Flotilla” inspired by “Paddle for Seattle,” 2015’s Port of Seattle environmental kayactivism protest. Bring your own gear.

• Penni Redford: Climate Change & Resilience Manager, Mayor Jeri Muoio’s Office of Sustainability.
• Paul Laura, MSc: South East Regional Director for the State Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida, and the Chairman of the Treasure Coast Democratic Environmental Caucus, and Board Member for Marine Resource Council Melbourne Florida, and volunteer Scientist at Florida Oceanographic Society.
• Monica Mayotte: Boca Raton City Council and Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project Leadership Core. 
• Rebecca Harvey: Sustainability Coordinator at City of Boynton Beach, Sea-Level Rise and Salt Water Intrusion Resistance, and South East Florida Regional Climate Compact partner. 
• Rabbi Barry Silver: Sierra Club Florida’s most-awarded Environmental Legislator, Rabbi, and Activist. 
• Diana Umpierre: Geologist and Organizing Representative at Sierra Club, and Vice-President at International Dark-Sky Association. Everglades Restoration and Federal Defense. 
• James E. Carroll: Environmental Law Attorney and Activist, protecting Public-Private Land Use, Beaches, and Coastal Communities, specializing in combatting irresponsible developers and mitigating the effects of sea-level rise on our neighborhoods.
• Kimberly Mitchell: Former West Palm Beach City Commissioner and President of the Everglades Trust.

10:45-11:15 a.m.: MUSIC/PERFORMANCE: Artist Cecilia St. King.

11:15 a.m.-noon: MARCH (1.9 Miles): South along Flagler, then East across the Okeechobee Bridge to the Ocean, and South to the Beach entrance just North of Worth Ave, across from Chilean Ave.

Noon-12:45 p.m.: HANDS ACROSS THE SAND: Sanctioned Beach Clean-Up at the Palm Beach Municipal Beach.

1-2:30 p.m.: FUN: Back to E.R. Bradley’s for Libations, Celebration, and much needed R&R After-Party. 

Show you care about our environment, marine life, beaches and public health by participating in the March for the Ocean in Palm Beach County. Florida is one of the few states omitted from any offshore drilling as our economy relies heavily upon our clean, white sandy beaches. However there are plenty of other reasons to march and support the people around the globe who do not have laws about litter, plastics and poisons that kill sea life and pollute the water supply. Let's keep our waters clean and safe for future generations so they can live on a blue planet. 

Gathering location: 141 S. Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

More info here.

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