Presidential action, Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Lake Mark Kramer, Flower Garden Banks Expansion, Again, Together film discussion, Climate Justice Workshop, Arbor Day at Houston Arboretum, #teamtrees, Green Jobs, and more
Tuesday’s Houston Chronicle, on the front page above the fold, proclaimed “Biden puts climate at top of list.” Among his 17 planned executive actions for the first day in office, President Biden intended to sign a petition to rejoin the Paris climate accord. However, with the political turmoil and civic unrest in the nation’s capital, we wondered whether we would be able to celebrate such an action today–and what we would write about if his plans were foiled.
Happily, we did not have to resort to talking about Squirrel Appreciation Day.*
Mr. Biden’s activities today included several executive orders to address the “immediate priorities” relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, economic relief, climate change, racial equity and civil rights, immigration, and America’s standing in the world. The third order that he signed was to accept the article and clauses of the Paris Climate Agreement. (Other environmental actions pertain to public health, science, Keystone XL pipeline, oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, construction of the border wall, equity–and more to come.) We look forward to seeing more environmental actions and initiatives from the current administration.
* Squirrel Appreciation Day is January 21. Did you know fox squirrel, gray squirrel, and flying squirrel are all found in the Houston area? If you are in need of an anodyne to recent events (and most of 2020), check out this squirrel video by Mark Rober, Youtube sensation and co-founder of #teamtrees environmental fundraiser, which has raised money to plant 20 million trees in partnership with the National Arbor Day Foundation and others.
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Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Tour
Tickets are on sale now for the Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour, hosted by CEC, on Jan. 29, 2021. Preview the film lineup on our website. The program features local winners from the Wild About Houston Film Festival: City of Pearland, SETSVN and Native Prairies Association of Texas. Special thanks to our sponsors: McMac CX and Veritex Bank. The Silent Auction is also back by popular demand; bidding is now open on this Google Form. Purchase festival tickets at eventbrite.com.
Virtually Wild! Field Trips
Need a virtual lesson, activity or field trip about Houston’s environment for your students? Send an email to SCA Americorps Intern Emma Wilson ([email protected]) to book and create a free, custom program that aligns to any of the TEKS. She is available any date and time from now until March. Or participate in a scheduled program with the USFWS on Wednesdays. Details at hereinhouston.org/virtual-field-trips.
Environmental Educators Exchange
Join CEC for the Environmental Educators Exchange on Jan. 29, 2021 from 9:30 – 10 a.m. January’s meetings feature tips on collaborative social media practices from Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation, and updates from TAEE and TCIN. Email [email protected] for the meeting link.
CEC Educators Survey
CEC wants to hear from our formal and informal educators. What are your professional development needs in 2021? Please take this brief survey to help us help you in the new year. Google Form: https://forms.gle/iJLBtxGNj5GzTQsr7.
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION OPPORTUNITIES
Learn more about public participation opportunities at cechouston.org/public-participation-opportunities/
Houston-Galveston Area Council TPC Meeting on I-45 Project
On Jan. 22, 2021, beginning at 9:30 a.m., the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Transportation Policy Council will hold a virtual meeting on the proposed I-45 expansion project. The meetings is open to the public. Find the full agenda at information on how to access the meeting at h-gac.com.
Activities of the Texas Legislature: Pre-filed bills in December
Bills pre-filed in December relate to energy efficiency goals, the establishment of the Texas Environmental Justice Advisory Council, aggregate production operations, utilities, air quality permits, and more. Red more at cechouston.org.
COALITION & COMMUNITY NOTES
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