Here is a contribution from our environmental department:
With bike rides, dune plantings and rallies in Miami-Dade and yoga classes, street cleanings and rallies in Broward, environmental and social activists from South Florida will take part in a campaign on Saturday advocating climate change legislation.
The events are being held in conjunction with 350.org, an international grass-roots effort intended in the United States to urge Washington lawmakers to strengthen and pass energy legislation to reduce green-house gas emissions.
The public is invited to join a Miami bike ride, which begins at the Vizcaya Metro Station at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, that will expect to include from 50 to 100 activists, veterans and green-energy business representatives, said Andrea Cuccaro, Florida organizer for 1Sky, an affiliated campaign.
“They see clean energy as something we should transition to,'' she said.
The ride will conclude at Bicentennial Park, where participants will hear a talk from a research sailing vessel that will be moored nearby the American Airlines Arena. At 2 p.m., participants plan to form the number 350 for a group photo, she said. That's the level of atmospheric carbon dioxide in parts per million that many scientists consider the target for slowing global warming. Current levels are 390.
In Fort Lauderdale, the South Florida chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, the Audubon Society and other groups plan to meet at 10 a.m outside the Museum of Discovery and Science for a rally and talks and to later march through downtown. Other smaller events are planning across South Florida as art of more than 4,000 events are planned in 170 countries. For more information, see www.350.org.