Third Annual Florida Interfaith Climate Action Network Assembly

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Two OSFR members are featured speakers in this important Climate Action Assembly, which brings together prominent environmental leaders from all points in the state.  Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson and John Moran will speak and hold workshops at this gathering.

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-A river is like a life:  once taken, it cannot be brought back-


Third Annual Florida Interfaith Climate Action Network Assembly


April 28, 2017,  9AM – 9 PM

First United Methodist Church,142 E Jackson St,Orlando FL 32801

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Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson

 This third year’s assembly will lift up how the theme “water is life” is reality in Florida, from the precious Floridan Aquifer* to the river of grass flowing into the Everglades to the rising seas along the beaches, and the estuaries threatened by runoff and salinization, plus the growing threat of fracking. Florida development projects a population increase of 15 million people by 2070, nearly doubling the current 20 million. Florida is already experiencing water issues; imagine 35 million residents fighting for clean water.

This Assembly will give participants a working knowledge of Florida’s critical water system issues and will provide opportunities for participants to collaborate in networks with others to protect Florida’s water.

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  1. Furthering a FL Water Ethic / Earth Charter / UN Sustainable Development Goals

  1. Nurturing Bio Regional Collaborations
  2. FL Legislative Contributions
  3. Ongoing networking via FL-CAN (Climate Action Network)


  9 AM            Registration, Check-in, Table Tours and continental breakfast

                      Gathering Room/Fellowship Hall – first floor


  9:30 AM       Assembly Begins Rev Dr Russell Meyer

                      Contemporary Room – second floor


John Moran

10 AM           John Moran, Springs Eternal Project

Voice and visions in support of FL’s unique and irreplaceable springs –

the largest and most impressive array of freshwater springs on the planet


11:15 AM       Cameo presentations on workshops (5 minutes each)


  • EvergladesDaniel Blaeuer PhD, FL International University
  • Sabal Trail PipelineMerrillee Malwitz-Jipson, Sierra Club
  • Water Quality/QuantityTraci Deen Esq, Center for Earth Jurisprudence
  • Ban FrackingMichelle Allen, Food & Water Watch
  • Legislative AlertsDoug Miller, FL Anti-Fracking Coordinator, Rethink Energy Florida
  • Climate Adaptation in Vulnerable Communities –Jan Booher, Unitarian Universalist “Rising Communities”
  • Health ConsequencesMaria Sgmabati MD, FL Physicians for Social Responsibility Board
  • UF/IFAS (Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences’) Sustainable FloridiansSMRamona Madhosingh-Hector, Pinellas County Extension
  • Sea Level Rise – Rev Dr Russell Meyer, St Pete College’s Suncoast Sea Level Rise Collaborative


12:15 PM       Lunch, Table Tours in Gathering Room/Fellowship Hall – first floor


1:00 PM         Workshop Sessions: Deep Dive into Water Issues Affecting Florida

(Three 75-minute sessions with presenters. some presented only twice)


5:30 PM         Bio-regional dinner gatherings in Gathering Room/Fellowship Hall


6:15 PM         Florida Water Stories: Miccosukee Simanolee Bobby Billie, Archaeology, and Conservation


8:45               Farewell


Keynote w/ Lunch Registration (half day) $30

Full Day Event Registration $65

Display Table $15


Registration at


Saturday, April 29, is the People’s Climate March Day

March in your home town or join us in Orlando!


The Florida Interfaith Climate Action Network assembly is a meeting space for faith and community groups active in seeking a sustainable and resilient environment. Our climate is undergoing duress. The effects impact human well-being and bio-diversity. In the network, participants tap their faith traditions to help strengthen the eco-system we all share.   Faith-based Statements on Climate Change – a collection by Citizens Climate Lobby volunteers


*The Floridan Aquifer – source of our springs and our drinking water – is closer than we think. Like a great hidden sponge, that mass of wet rock beneath our feet is the foundation of Florida’s ecological and economic well-being. Out of sight, it delivers its bounty too often out of mind. The Floridan Aquifer is the everyday miracle we value too lightly. It’s all connected. What we put in our water, we put in ourselves. Those are words we live by.


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