Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Smart Growth in the Face of Climate Change Charette, June 21st in Wynwood, WHAT? No Free Food? By Geniusofdespair

Tropical Audubon Society and like-minded partners are hosting a Miami Design Charette June 21st in Wynwood.

The object is to connect tomorrow’s local leaders with today’s experts to create “Smart Growth” communities in the face of Climate Change.  (Genius: Is That an oxymoron or what?)

Tropical Audubon Society (TAS) will co-host a one-day Environmental Leadership Charrette on June 21 in the hip Wynwood Arts District in conjunction with charter sponsor Toyota TogetherGreen and with significant support from the Knight Foundation, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt and Greenberg Traurig P.A.

The Charette invites Miamians to shape a vision for sustainable growth and will connect Wynwood’s unique population of artists and entrepreneurs with key strategies to cope with the imminent threats of our time: rising seas, diminishing resources and an increasing population. Further, by dividing Miami-Dade County into six focus areas, Miamians have a chance to identify priorities and craft solutions for their respective communities.

Workshop participants will consider how best to accommodate the county’s growing population, while continuing to protect vital environmental resources and providing residents with higher quality of life. Local experts will set the tone for the afternoon think-tank exercise. The sessions will focus on highlighting the difference between Resiliency and Sustainability, presenting current practices around the county, looking into regional planning efforts

Charette attendees will present their focus group’s outcomes to their local municipalities; event partners will present a comprehensive report to the Board of County Commissioners.

The Miami Design Charette will be held in Wynwood on Saturday, June 21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Light Box, 404 NW 26th St, Miami, FL 33127. It will include a bike tour of the Wynwood Murals, and will close with a social happy hour. A nominal fee of $12 covers breakfast and lunch; larger donations will enable interested students and disadvantaged citizens to attend. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, please contact Celeste De Palma at Register today

If you don't know what a Charette is, don't vote unless you are voting against Rick Scott.


Anonymous said...

Wondering if anybody will mention the old 60ties Hippy mantra:
"Wanna do something good for the planet, kill yourself! "

Anonymous said...

not sure how that would help anybody, but the truth is that if you like living in Florida then do something to protect it and maintain it. Or else we'll disappear like Kiribati (if you don't know what I'm talking about you can use your time to read and educate yourself on the one nation that will soon disappear due to rising seas).

I rather pas on killing myself and do something about it. It's good to see that there are citizens out there who care enough to bring people together on a tough issue that needs to be addressed if we are to live in this paradise longer.

So, what do we need to do?
1) prepare for rising seas---> they have been rising for the past century, and we are already feeling the effects of just a few inches of elevation in places like Miami Beach
2) mitigate for climate change----> only preparing and adopting resilience measures won't solve the problem. We need to cut carbon emissions, which keep adding fuel to the issue.

Being negative doesn't help. I'm going to this event, I hope to meet you there too! All are welcome.

Anonymous said...

Yes ever heard of the Dark Mountain Movement? Contrary to the first post, many are not against climate action, just realistic about what can be done. I am sure that on Easter Island there were some who thought it was foolish to cut down the last tree, but the power structure rules. With Citizen United, this is just another absurd but not historically aberrant example of this. And so the question is, what is truly the moral thing to do in this context? Find a way to preserve all Human Knowledge for a coming mass species extinction and climate change disaster? How to create moral small communities with moral actions? These are the questions. In FL many goodhearted people like TAS and many greedy people like Rick Scott will try to sell us huge costly infrastructure projects when the time comes. We already know now, they will fail, so lets consider the big questions and not waste time on UN-important ones anymore. Please EOM without sounding morbid I urge you to start considering the really, really big questions now. Its really time to plan not for defeat but for survival as a moral species against those elite that would have us resort to increasingly immoral climate actions in the name of survival at the last desperate minutes.