Episode title: Rights of the Water
Location: Miccosukee Resort & Convention Center and FIU
Duration: August 22: 9am to 5pm / August 23: 12pm to 5pm
Languages: English / Miccosukee
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Miccosukee Resort & Convention Center
500 SW 177th Avenue,
Ballroom Second Floor
Miami, FL 33194
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8th Street,
Graham Center Room 150 (GC 150)
Miami, FL 33199
Weekend of presentations, guest speakers, excursions, entertainment, art installations, prayers, and strategizing aims to raise awareness and spur action to preserve the River of Grass
The non-profit, volunteer organization Love the Everglades Movement implements strategies to address the environmental, structural, cultural and spiritual problems plaguing the Florida Everglades by raising awareness and organizing community engagement.
“Protecting our natural resources is a concern for us all because the water is sacred and the water unites us,” says symposium organizer and Miccosukee community member Reverend Houston R. Cypress. “The Love the Everglades Movement is providing the community with a platform for education and action. Now we need the public to participate and be part of the solution.”
Guest speakers, PechaKucha presentations, physical and digital art displays, workshops and live entertainment will serve to educate and hopefully inspire the community to conserve South Florida’s greatest natural resource. Day one of the symposium runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the second floor ballroom of the convention center, with a catered lunch served courtesy of the symposium’s presenting sponsor, the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida.
Day two of the Summer Symposium 2015 will consist of an in-depth look at activist planning, strategies and tactics with environmental organizations with a common mission: to restore and preserve the Everglades. F.I.U.’s Global Indigenous Forum is the venue sponsor for day two, and is providing additional support. Attendees will have an opportunity to network with a diverse community of environmental advocates, and they will break up into groups to explore in detail regional environmental concerns with the goal of creating plans of action for making progress on these issues.
This year, the symposium’s goals are to:
• Articulate the moral imperatives that motivate action to restore the Everglades
• Engage various communities in environmental issues and actions
• Provide networking opportunities between individuals, communities, and organizations
• Provide information on environmental, political, social, and spiritual concerns regarding Everglades restoration, water contamination, land use, and indigenous rights.
For more information, including the full list of speakers, entertainment, activities and registration, visit lovetheeverglades.org or email Cypress at LoveTheEverglades@gmail.com.