July 18–As part of the 2018 mid-term election cycle, two environmental advocacy groups focused on solutions to sea-level rise are inviting local, state and federal political candidates to discuss the issue during forums in Ponte Vedra Beach and Jacksonville.
The Northeast Florida events are among a series of free political forums — Tidal Town Halls — scheduled for 15 cities statewide being held by nonprofits ReThink Energy Florida and First Street Foundation. The forums are intended to be nonpartisan, according to organizers.
Organizers said the goal is to provide voters with an opportunity to hear ideas to solve rising sea levels and related environmental issues from candidates seeking public office. Candidates will be asked to discuss their plans to protect Floridians from the risks inherent in rising sea levels.
The Ponte Vedra forum will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, 505 Guana River Road.
The Jacksonville forum will be 5:30-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, at the University of North Florida’s Herbert University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive.
A list of candidates planning to participate in those two forums wasn’t available from organizers.
The primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 28, while the general election is Tuesday, Nov. 6.
“Florida is ground zero for sea level rise, with South Florida already experiencing sunny-day flooding,” said Kim Ross, executive director for ReThink Energy Florida. “Citizens have grown more concerned. It’s time to hear how our politicians will address these concerns.”
ReThink Energy describes its focus as empowering state residents to achieve energy independence in a healthier more sustainable environment. First Street Foundation says it educates people and elected officials of the risks, causes and solutions to sea level rise and flooding.
This article provided by NewsEdge.