Diverse Group of Floridians Travel to Capitol Hill

Guest Blog | October 19, 2009 | Press Releases

Asheville, NC. (October 19) – Throughout this week, business owners, decision makers, and faith leaders from Florida will travel to the nation’s capitol to carry a message of action on climate change to Senators Bill Nelson and George LeMieux. This diverse group of community leaders represents the broad range of concerns and opportunities that Floridians have about climate change. With 825 miles of coastline, our state is uniquely vulnerable to the threats of global warming like sea level rise and stronger storms, yet we also have excellent renewable resources available at our fingertips and are called through a moral imperative to take action immediately.

On September 30th Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and John Kerry (D-MA) released a draft of the Senate’s Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act of 2009. The Senate is expected to vote on critical climate and energy legislation later this year. WHAT: Tele-press conference to hear concerns from coastal business leaders, decision makers, and experts about the impacts of climate change and the opportunities for jobs and new industries. This is a live tele-conference from D.C. WHEN: Wednesday, October 21st 11:50am EST WHERE: 1-605-475-6333, Participant Access Code: 684607 WHO: Stephen Smith, Executive Director, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and featuring

• Reverend Dr. Warren Clark, Associate Director, Faiths United for Sustainable Energy, Tampa, FL

• Wayne Gideons, President, Yaroke USA – bioenergy producer, Tampa, FL

• Mr. Kelly M. Kirschner, Vice-Mayor and Sarasota Commissioner, Sarasota, FL

• Rabbi David Weizman, Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth Shalom, Clearwater, FL # # #