Monday, April 20, 2015

April Membership Meeting about Artic Refuge in Alaska

The Turtle Coast Sierra Club's Membership Meeting will take place on Thursday, April 23, 2015 and will cover an update on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

President Obama recently moved to firm up wildlife protection for the magnificent coastal zone of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska.  The Sierra Club has been working for years to protect this land from oil and gas exploration.  We will first watch a beautiful documentary on the Arctic Refuge produced ten years ago by the Sierra Club.  Then UCF Professor and Sierra Club Member Daniel Marien will update the story of the struggle to protect ANWR.  Congress must now act to confirm the Wilderness Designation.
The struggle continues.

The meeting will take place at the Pineda Unitarian Universalist Friendship Center, 3115 Friendship Place, on US 1 south of Rockledge, 1/2 mile north of Suntree Blvd and next to Landscape Depot.

Social time starts at 6:30 PM and the meeting starts at 7:00 PM.  Our meetings are always open to the public.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Spring Outings April 25 and May 9

April 25th and May 9th Outings! Check it out!
Become more aware of significant Educational and Environmental efforts in your community!

On Saturday, April 25th, starting at 8:30 AM, there will be a tour of the flagship Odyssey Charter School highlighting the many environmental features of the facility. This is an award-winning green school and is truly a gem in our community. Odyssey will celebrate its 16 years of operation this spring.  For more information, go to

The tour will run about 45 minutes. After that, everyone is invited to travel approximately 2 miles to Odyssey Charter Jr/Sr. High School and Odyssey Preparatory Academy where we will participate in helping to clear a wooded trail that will be used by the students for various educational activities. 

At that campus, you will also hear about plans for a natural playground, aquaponics and other organic agricultural proposals.  The first stage build of the Aquaponics Innovation and Investigation Gardens and Lab will be in progress.  Volunteers are welcome to help! Groups will be there from approximately 9:30 to noon. The Odyssey model and mission is truly inspirational and stands as an example of green, holistic education. Come and see what is possible in our schools!  Call 321-432-4346 to reserve your spot and get further details.

On Saturday, May 9th, Join Turtle Coast Sierra Club as we hike a 5 mile loop In the Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area. The area consists of meandering creeks, lush cabbage palm hammocks, slash pine flatwoods, cypress swamps, and freshwater marshes. We will learn about the abundance of birds, both resident and migratory, and wildlife such as white-tailed deer, bobcat, fox squirrel, alligators, and otters. Doug Sphar, long time Sierra Club member will lead this hike. Bring water and wear appropriate shoes. Call 321-432-4346 to reserve your spot and get the meeting location. There is a $3 entrance fee per vehicle.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Support HB661. the "Disposable Plastic Bags" Bill

In 2010, about 690,000 tons of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) "bags, sacks, and wraps" were generated in the US but only 4.3% of these were recycled.  

Plastics comprise up to 90% of floating marine debris, and up to 80% of the plastic in our oceans comes from land-based sources.  

An estimated 100,000 marine mammals and up to 1 million sea birds die every year after ingesting or being tangled in plastic marine litter.   

It is estimated that Americans go through about 100 Billion plastic bags a year, or 360 bags per  year for every man, woman and chad in the country.  

Now for the history lesson:  
  • In 2008, Florida lawmakers passed a bill prohibiting local governments from banning plastic bags until the Department of Environmental Protection  (DEP) created recommendations, and they were adopted by the Legislature.  
  • In 2010 the DEP completed the Retail Bags Report, strategies to discourage the use of single-use paper and plastic retail bags...but the Legislature still hasn't adopted it.   
HB661 would allow municipalities with populations under f100,000 to create a pilot program to regulate or ban disposable plastic bags.  This pilot program would run until 2018 and, afterwards, a municipality would be able to decide whether or not to continue the ban, through the passage of an ordinance.

Support HB661 and give local governments the ability to do something about the harmful impacts of single-us plastics!