As a year of environmental change has swept our county, I thought I’d reflect back on 2012. Here’s a brief overview of what was with the links. These are my top 10 environmental/policy issues for 2012 from 10 to 1.
#10 Miami Beach Cleaning House!
Honor, dignity and integrity were the summation words of Jorge Gonzalez’ resignation speech some minutes after Mayor Matti Bower convened the Miami Beach council meeting May 9.
#9 GMO and the right to know
The recent defeat of proposition 37 in California which was not to be worded so the voters could actually understand its meaning is causing a backlash. Proposition 37 gives us the right to know what is in the food we eat and feed to our families.
#8 Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library
Florida, with its large immigrant population, has the third lowest adult literacy level in all the United States, behind California and New York. The state experienced a 33% increase over ten years in the percentage of people who fall in the lowest literacy skill-level, with rates ranging from a low of 7% in St. John’s County to 52% percent in Miami-Dade. Those percentages have grown since then. Miami Dade is roughly at an illiteracy rate of 55% today. That’s more than half of the sampled population, guys.
#7 The AP1000: Part I
Here in the Miami-Dade County, we’ve two nuclear power plants, Turkey Point 3 & 4, both respectively built in 1972 and 1973. As many of you may be aware, FP&L (AKA Progress Energy) plans on adding two more to the facility just 25 miles south of Miami.
In an eye-opening tele-conference with Arnie Gundersen, Chief Engineer, Fairewinds Associates, John Runkle, attorney for NC WARN & the AP1000 Oversight Group, and Tom Clements, Friends of the Earth, some disturbing points of safety concerns were aired over the AP1000.
#6 Occupy Miami and the Press Part I
Why has Forbes Magazine named the city of Miami the most miserable city? I’ll get to that, but first you should know it’s a question that looms large with Miami residents.
#5 Dream in Green helps Miami businesses go green
Did you know that Miami has a Brickell Eco-Library? It does and if you’re a county business, you can sign-up for a free green business certification. Restaurants, dry cleaners or dental offices, they want to help you.
#4 Miami Beach City Commissioner Michael Gongora
With the end of the year fast approaching, I thought it good to share our local Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Gongora’s newsletter. The main thrust deals with the renovation of our South Beach Convention Center and the extended contract of interim City Manager, Kathie Brooks. Those interested, read on.
#3 Historic Third-Party debates
In Chicago, on Tuesday October 23, 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT: Dr. Jill Stein (Green Party) along with Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party), Rocky Anderson (Justice Party), and Virgil Goode (Constitution Party) — participated in what were arguably ‘real debates’ moderated by talk-show hosts Christina Tobin and Larry King and organized by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation.
#2 The Fiscal Cliff
2012 is almost gone and we’re all looking forward to a happy 2013! Or not.
#1 Chemtrails are not a conspiracy theory
I first officially moved to Miami Beach in 1993. I’ve left several times – who hasn’t? Back in 1981, I was blessed to work at the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theater for then famed Tony Mordente in West Side Story. I mention this because I was taken by the magnificent Moon sky-decoration from my balcony. The sky was clear and the Moon was so much more than luminescent. Not so true anymore. Now even at night, the skies are hazed-over with Chemtrails.
Stay safe and have a wonderful New Year, guys and gals.