SOUTHWEST FLORIDA- The Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership (CHNEP) will be hosting a virtual 2021 Southwest Florida Climate Summit on May 6 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A free, public event, the Summit plans to feature experts with interactive audience question and answer sessions, to exchange ideas on expanding the region’s capacity to respond to climate challenges and to build climate resilience throughout local communities.
CHNEP is partnership of citizens, elected officials, and resource managers working together to protect and restore water and wildlife habitat in Central and Southwest Florida since 1995. There is a Citizens Advisory Committee, that includes representatives from Hendry and Glades counties, where local input is shared and discussed with CHNEP’s governing body. Citizen Advisory Committee members are vital in the effort to protect water and estuarine resources, which directly effects Southwest Florida's quality of life and economy.
“The 2021 Southwest Florida Climate Summit will cover topics including the State of Climate Change in Southwest Florida, Policy and Legal Framework for Climate Action, Growing Climate Awareness, and Actions to Move Resiliency Forward in Southwest Florida. Presenters from Florida Gulf Coast Water School, Environmental Defense Fund, Florida Clinicians for Climate Action, CLEO Institute, Growing Climate Solutions and more will be sharing their expertise and answering questions from the audience. Additionally, there will be addresses from Climate leaders such as Florida’s Chief Resiliency Officer and Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Noah Valenstein and Senator Marco Rubio,” explained Executive Director of the Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership.
“With continued sea level rise, severity and frequency of severe storms and wildfires, and other climatic changes occurring here in Southwest Florida,” said Hecker, “it is imperative that we accelerate our efforts to build more resilient communities. The Climate Summit is intended to convene climate professionals and the public to advance collective climate work in our region.”
Summit sponsors include the Environmental Defense Fund, Florida Gulf Coast University’s Water School, and WGCU Public Media. Registration is free and required in advance.
For registration and additional information, please visit https://www.chnep.org/2021-climate-summit.