WALK FOR MOTHER EARTH
IT’S ALL ABOUT PROTECTING THE EVERGLADES!
SATURDAY, MARCH 28 to APRIL 2
From Naples to Miami, along Tamiami Trail
NAPLES, FL—Sunday, March 29, indigenous people and allies will lead a five day walk following the proposed route of the River of Grass Greenway (ROGG) to oppose the project, to educate the public about the destruction it will bring, and to urge stakeholders to defend Everglades water, wetlands, wildlife, indigenous lands, and heritage sites by shutting down ROGG. Opposition has surfaced among indigenous people and allies who say that a 76-mile bike highway across the Everglades would destroy invaluable wetlands, disrupt vital watersheds, fragment critical habitat, encroach on indigenous lands, desecrate burial grounds, disturb historic battlefields, commercialize the Everglades, potentially open the floodgate to new Everglades oil drilling and fracking, and undermine Everglades Restoration.
The River of Grass Greenway would be a hard surface road 76 miles long and 12 to 16 feet wide running from Naples to Miami. It would cut through six national and state parks—including protected wetlands and critical habitat as well as a World Heritage Site. It would also run through indigenous burial grounds, the Turner River and Collier-Seminole Battlefields, and other cultural and historic landmarks. Project plans include bull-dozing, dredging, filling in, redirecting water flow, building bridges, installing boardwalks as well as constructing rest areas every 10 to 12 miles to provide parking, restrooms, water, air for tires, picnic shelters, and vending machines. Night-time lighting is being discussed as are shuttles from Miami and Naples. Even more disturbing are plans to extend electricity to the oil and gas industry at “active extraction facilities” like Raccoon Point; some fear electricity to remote areas will increase new irresponsible Everglades oil drilling—just as in nearby Naples where unauthorized fracking hazarded the water supply and led to state fines, revocation, and even a lawsuit for cleanup.
Contact: Shannon Larsen at 904-654-0200 Ancienttrees@hotmail.com ; Betty Osceola at 786-385-6743 email@example.com ; Houston R. Cypress at 786-897-4582 EvergladesActNow@gmail.com ; Karen Dwyer at 239-404-2171 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pax Christi St. Maurice
invites Peace Seekers to welcome
Fr. John Dear
Peace Activist and Lecturer
Author of 20 Books on Peace & Non-Violence
Nobel Peace Prize Nominee
Friday, April 10 at 7:00 PM:
St. Maurice Church at Resurrection, 441 Northeast 2nd St., Dania Beach, FL (2nd street is behind Dania Jai Alai)
Contact: Art Kane (954-468-9900)
Monday, April 13 at 7:00 PM:
Barry University Chapel, 11300 Northeast 2nd Ave, Miami Shores, FL 33161
Contact: Steffano Montano (305-899-3443)
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she moves me
blogging for mother earth
PCF Council Member, Jim Rucquoi
i want to sit on this rock with you awhile, friend, think out loud a bit. first up, these new readings i’ve bumped into that continue to shake me awake. ever since starting out on my bike three years ago for mother earth, mother’s been whispering in my ear something fierce. after climate ride california last year i can think of little else. scattered news of old that held me in its addictive clutches fails to move me anymore. you move me, mother, front & center at last.
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In right column, you will find photos of Pax Christi Florida’s 2011 Assembly, God, Country, and the Common Good led by Jean Sammon of NETWORK – Catholic Social Justice Lobby in Washington, DC. This event was held October 15 and 16 at the Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park, Florida. For additional Pax Christi Florida event photos, click here.