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Environmentally Speaking

Environmentally Speaking is intended to alert, inform and educate residents of Collier and Lee counties regarding educational events and threats that challenge our unique and delicate Southwest Florida ecosystem.

February 6 –Florida Democratic Environmental Caucus Rights of Nature presentation by Joseph Bonasia, 5:30 p.m. at the Broadway Palm Theater, Royal Palm Square, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. 

February 6 – 9 

26th annual Public Interest Environmental Conference ( - The Rights of Nature: Defending our Biosphere. Keynote speaker Thomas Linzey, cofounder and executive director of the Community Environmental Defense Fund. February 8, Special Florida RON and The Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights day (

February 22 - Art Haus at The Collaboratory, 2031 Jackson St., Fort Myers, 2-10 p.m. Event to support Rights of Nature. Live Art Auction features creations by artists such as Paul Arsenault, Clyde Butcher, Marvin Gralnick, Darryl Pottorf, and others. Avant-garde group Sonic Combine in concert. Hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, fashion and art bringing much needed awareness to endangered wetlands.,

March 11 – Progressive Voices Speak Out Lecture Series. Climate Change Mitigation presentation at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Naples, 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. Reception with refreshments at 6:30 p.m., lecture at 7 p.m., followed by Q&A with the audience 7 to 8:30 p.m. Cost $15.

Youth climate-change lawsuit update: Eight Florida teenagers and children are suing the state of Florida for protection against climate change, saying they have a fundamental right to grow up in a healthy atmosphere. On January 17, the Ninth Circuit reversed the district court’s findings in Juliana v. United States in a 2-1 decision, holding that the plaintiffs did not have standing… Consequently, the case was remanded to the district court with instructions to dismiss the case for lack of standing.

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