350 Pensacola

350 Pensacola

Just one week after the international March for Science, the People’s Climate Movement is taking center stage with its own march.

On Saturday, residents in Northwest Florida will be adding their voices to those in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere in calling for action on climate change, to include a faster transition to clean renewable energy.

Courtesy of Earth Day Pensacola

The 47th annual Earth Day Celebration is taking place Saturday. Locally, there will be a number of events, including the Earth Day Pensacola Festival, and cleanups in Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties. And, added to the mix for 2017 is the March for Science.

Again this year, the theme for the Earth Day Pensacola Festival is “Energy, Transportation & Sustainability.”

Gulf Power Company goes before the Florida Public Service Commission in Tallahassee on Monday, seeking a $107 million increase in base rates.

If the PSC approves the hike, residential customers would pay an extra 10%, or about $14 per month. Average power bills would go from $144-$158.

“It’s never a good time to ask for an increase in prices, but it’s one of those things that we need to continue to invest in the long-term reliability of our energy infrastructure,” said Gulf Power spokesman Rick De La Haya.

350 Pensacola

Members of the environmental activism group 350 Pensacola are planning to travel to New Orleans on Wednesday. The trip will coincide with the federal sale of leases to more than 42 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for new oil and gas development.

“This Wednesday, March 23 is certainly one of the most important days ever in the modern history of the Gulf of Mexico,” said Christian Wagley, program chairperson for 350 Pensacola.

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The environmental group 350 Pensacola is hosting a presentation on the future of transportation in northwest Florida Tuesday evening.

You might wonder, what’s an environmental group doing in the world of road and highway construction?

“Their main goal is to reduce greenhouse gases through a variety of different ways,” said Brandi Whitehurst with the West Florida Regional Planning Council. “This meeting focuses on how transportation can help.”

Larry Chamblin

350 Pensacola hosted a talk this week on climate change and why there’s such a deep divide over the issue. The event was held Tuesday, July 7 at the Bayview Senior Resource Center. Larry Chamblin, a local climate activist and member of 350 Pensacola, made the presentation, titled: “Public Opinion, Politics, and the Challenge of Communicating Climate Change.”

“It’s a huge challenge,” says Chamblin, referencing the split public opinion.