EIG Committee Report- February 2020

EIG Committee Report- February 2020

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES GROUP By Kathy Panko   COBWRA Water & Wetlands Symposium Harriet Lankford & Nikki Descoteaux           Harriet Lankford, EIG Exhibit Plastic Free Zone                                       Plastic Alternatives     The EIG met on February 1st to review issues, events, and upcoming projects. Here are just a few:   2/08             Everglades Day, Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge   2/11             COBWRA Water &

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Looking for New Members for the Lock it Up! Program

Looking for New Members for the Lock it Up! Program

The Lock It Up Team (Shirley Aronson, Janet Chaikin, Rosalie Almborg, Arlene Ustin, Betsy Pickup and Kristen Murtaugh) is excited to report on a busy and effective start to 2020. We are grateful to The National Coalition of Jewish Women for their donation of $150 and to NOW for their donation of $50 toward the printing of information cards.  We

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Election Protection

Election Protection

If you could protect votes from being hijacked — Would you?  Could you? You can!  Join our Election Protection project! In 2020, the Voting Rights Coalition is partnering with the nonpartisan Florida Election Protection Coalition to make sure that voters in Palm Beach County know their rights and their votes count.  Every eligible voter deserves to have his or her vote

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Elderly and Kids Not Moving Out

From elderly to kids not moving out, lack of affordable housing a concern in Palm Beach County Read the Palm Beach Post article By Larry Keller Special to The Post Posted Feb 4, 2020 at 6:15 PM   Speaking at The Kravis Center, President and CEO of Housing Leadership Council of Palm Beach County Suzanne Cabrera said residents who are

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Fighting Pollution and Climate Change

FIGHTING POLLUTION AND CLIMATE CHANGE by Richard W. Emory, Jr.   The Environmental Issues Group held its first meeting of the new year on January 4, 2020. Richard Emory, an EIG member and author of the recently published book, Fighting Pollution and Climate Change: An EPA Veteran’s Guide How to Join in Saving Our Life on Planet Earth, introduced his

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Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

  Palm Beach County and seven of its southeastern coastal cities have agreed to join forces in a year-long, comprehensive review of climate change impacts. The study will assess how sea-level rise, extreme temperatures, and strong storms will impact 300,000 residents in southeastern Palm Beach County now and in the future.   Palm Beach County will formally collaborate on this

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Election Protection

Election Protection

Every eligible voter deserves to have their vote counted — that’s the cornerstone of our democracy. Our nation suffers when eligible, registered voters are turned away from the polls, unable to find their polling place, or otherwise blocked from exercising their voting rights.   The League of Women Voters in Palm Beach County have joined the national non-partisan Election Protection

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2020 Healthcare Enrollment

2020 Healthcare Enrollment

Wow — 1,912,394 That’s the number of people in Florida who enrolled in an Affordable Care Act Health Insurance plan for 2020.  The enrollment period ran from November 1, 2019, to December 15, 2019.  During that period, our Healthcare Issue Group assisted Epilepsy Florida, which had the lead navigator contract, by distributing some 3000 of their fliers.  We delivered or

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Gun Lock Project

Gun Lock Project

The Gun Lock Project of the Gun Safety Group aims to educate the public as to the importance of proper gun storage.  We plan to print information cards in English, Spanish, and Creole explaining the need for common-sense handling of guns.  In order to publicize our project, we will be contacting Pediatricians, Mental Health Counselors, and Police and Sheriff Departments

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The Palm Beach Post Editorial on the Impact of a Census Undercount

The Palm Beach Post Editorial on the Impact of a Census Undercount

We can’t let undercount happen again  – Dec 18,2019 OUR VIEW: 2020 U.S. CENSUS One and a half billion dollars is an awful lot of money to lose. That’s been the astounding loss to Palm Beach County over the past decade because so many people living here went uncounted in the last U.S. census. Some 94,000 people — 7.2 percent

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