Water You Doing Next Week?
With all the rain we’ve had lately, it’s fitting that several worthy and fun activities being held over the next ten days look to water for inspiration. The first is Adopt-A-Beach, the semiannual beach-cleanup marathon that brings together thousands of volunteers to improve the health of our coastline.
This season’s Adopt-A-Beach event, which is sponsored by the Texas General Land Office and is a part of Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, will be held on Saturday, September 15, with several opportunities in the Houston-Galveston region. For a full listing and to register, visit eventbrite.com.
This just happens to coincide with National Estuaries Week (Sept. 15-22), now celebrating its 30th anniversary. There are four related events in the region, which you can find on an interactive map at estuaries.org.
That popular sandy-toes gathering is an unofficial lead-in to Pollution Prevention (P2) Week, which kicks off Monday. During P2 Week, residents, environmental groups, and businesses come together to highlight their pollution prevention and sustainability activities and achievements, expand their current pollution prevention efforts, and commit to new actions.
As an aside, and in keeping with our watery theme, Wednesday just happens to be International Talk Like A Pirate Day (avast, ye mateys!). And on that note, CEC member group Artist Boat has protected land in the vicinity of Jean Lafitte’s old boneyard, on the West End of Galveston. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that Jean’s ghost won’t hijack any artists’ boats as they carry out environmental education tours on the waterways of Galveston.
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Houston Green Film Series
Please join CEC, the Houston Green Film Series, Rice Media Center, and additional partners on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, for a screening of Dirt Rich, which explores the connection between regenerative agriculture and climate change (see the trailer). Dirt Rich shifts focus from greenhouse gas emissions to carbon draw-down, which many believe is the only viable solution for reversing the effects of runaway global warming in a timely manner. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. for conversation, networking, and a light meal. We’ll begin the film promptly at 7 p.m. For more information, see the Facebook event.
Wild About Houston: A Green Film Festival
Please join CEC, the Houston Green Film Series, Rice Media Center, and additional partners on October 17, for “Wild About Houston, A Green Film Festival,” to showcase local short films telling environmental stories. Email [email protected] if you have a film to submit.
7:00 p.m. film screening, followed by a panel discussion. Panelists to be announced.
CEC Seeks Board & Committee Members
The CEC is currently recruiting volunteers to serve on our 2019 Board of Directors and on board committees (programs, publications, membership, governance, finance, and development). Our Governance Committee will be hosting informational open houses for potential board members September 24 and October 22, 2018. If you are interested, please send an email with your résumé to [email protected]