A final look at Earth Week

EARTH DAY – This week we’ve traveled through time, taking you back to Earth Day’s creation, which we now know was a cry for help. “The primary purpose I had in mind in organizing Earth Day was to get a huge demonstration, in order to force the issue into the political mainstream,” Earth Day Creator and Former U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, said. “In the middle of the day, there would just be smog,” New College Political Science...

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Sea turtle nesting season around the corner

MOTE MARINE LAB – The sea turtles are slowly, but surely, on their way. Melissa Bernhard, a senior biologist in Mote’s Sea Turtle Conservation & Research program, says boaters should start to look for them in the water. “…and really soon they’re going to start crawling up on the beaches, so we want to start getting beaches turtle friendly as well,” Bernhard said. Nesting season starts May 1 and ends Oct. 31 for the turtles...

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“Earth Week” at New College of Florida

SARASOTA – General Manager of New College of Florida, William Moore, estimates 10 to 12 percent of students there eat a plant-based diet. It’s a lifestyle Metz Culinary Management ‘caters’ to. “We have cage free eggs, our produce is within a hundred-mile radius,” Moore said, “so we’re trying to reduce our carbon footprint.” Metz’s “Earth Week” program started as just a single day. “The last two years we’ve turned it into a week-long...

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Sustaining the City of Sarasota’s Environment

SARASOTA – The City of Sarasota’s Sustainability Manager, Stevie Freeman-Montes, says she rarely sees littering, but when she does, it’s frustrating. “I saw somebody throw a can out the window the other day, and it’s shocking to me because I thought, ‘Aren’t we beyond this?’” She says the level of environmental consciousness among Sarasota residents seems to be pretty high, and part of her job is to ensure it stays high. As...

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Political science expert says Earth Day is more necessary than ever

SARASOTA – New College Political Science Professor Keith Fitzgerald says in 1970, there were pollution levels you could see and feel. “There were many cities in the United States where in the middle of the day, there would just be smog,” Fitzgerald said. “In Pittsburgh, for example, the fog would descend and just eat the paint off cars.” It sparked social movements from all walks of life, who tried to bring this conversation about the...

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How did Earth Day begin?

EARTH DAY – It all goes back to a vision from former Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson (D). “In a representative democracy, you get action when there’s a consensus, when people demand it,” Nelson said. That consensus in 1970 was turmoil, leading to a grassroots explosion. “People were responding to what they saw happening locally,” Nelson said. Like the L.A. smog, the death of the Great Lakes, and Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River catching on...

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