This week in Tampa, environmental groups are organizing a Week Of Climate Action to illustrate the importance of climate change in the upcoming election.
On Wednesday, September 14, environmental advocates will bring a canoe to Senator Marco Rubio’s Tampa office to emphasize the threat of sea level rise to Florida’s over 1,300 miles of coastline and encourage the “non-scientist” Senator to take action on climate change. Speakers will call attention to Senator Rubio’s continued denial of man-made climate change despite the fact that 14 of the 15 hottest years on record have occurred since 2000 and Florida sits at ground zero for threats from climate change. Float The Vote for the Climate, a non-partisan, grassroots organization, is challenging Floridians to make a decision about climate change and sea level rise before the election.
On Thursday, September 15, business leaders and climate scientists will join a panel discussion on the role of climate change in the upcoming election. The panel includes Nicole Hernandez Hammer, the Southeast Advocacy Coordinator for Climate & Energy for the Union of Concerned Scientists. Nicole was a special guest of First Lady Michelle Obama during the 2015 State of the Union Address. Following the discussion, Hernandez Hammer will participate in an Ask Me Anything session as part of the Climate Action After Hours, an informal evening event for young professionals at Blind Tiger Café.
On Saturday September 17th Float the Vote is organizing a flotilla of water bikes, kayaks, and other watercraft to call for action on climate change and create a vital dialogue across the region. More details about the flotilla are available at www.FloatTheVote.org.