Houston Environmental News Update February 1, 2018

Vote early, vote often!*  

This year, local voters might have the opportunity to participate in three elections (designated as uniform election dates) and potential runoffs.

  • March 6: Primary Election
    • February 5: Last day to register to vote
    • February 20 – March 2: Early voting
  • May 5: Uniform Election Date (local election)
    • April 5: Last day to register to vote
    • April 23 – May 1: Early voting
  • May 22: Primary Runoff Election
    • April 23: Last day to register to vote
    • May 14 – May 18: Early voting
  • November 6: Uniform Election Date (national election)
    • October 9: Last day to register to vote
    • October 22 – November 2: Early voting

In statewide primaries, registered voters will decide the candidates that will face off in various state and federal elections. All seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 34 U.S. Senate positions will ultimately be decided by voters in November. Contests include all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives; statewide positions such as governor, attorney general, railroad commissioner, and agriculture commissioner; U.S. representatives; and a U.S. senator. Voters may also weigh in on ballot propositions.

Visit your county’s election webpage to learn more about the election process and view comprehensive sample ballots. You can learn more about voting and registration at votetexas.gov.

If you need some inspiration on why voting is important for our environment, you can learn more from the League of Women Voters of Houston, the Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund, the Environmental Voter Project, and the Annette Strauss Institute For Civic Life at UT.

* Only one election at a time!

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Houston Environmental News Update January 24, 2018

Tonight is the second night of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour! Please consider joining us at the at the historic River Oaks Theatre from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

We will show eleven films tonight including two local films. The films will address topics such as border walls, ecological restoration in Texas, pocket prairies, sea turtles, activism, and making a difference in your community. We are especially excited about the two local films we will be showing.

Houston, at What Cost?
In Bianca Ibarra’s neighborhood on Houston’s east side, the smokestacks are simply a given, part of the landscape. This three-minute video details how air pollution damages hearts and lungs and offers ways for young people to help solve the problem. Bianca’s movie won a prestigious prize sponsored by the Environmental Defense Fund for high school students in the Houston area.

Urban Pocket Prairies:
Urbanization has reduced the once 600,000 acre Katy Prairie near Houston, Texas to just 200,000 acres affecting many species of wildlife. Now the Katy Prairie Conservancy has partnered with nearly a dozen schools to create pocket prairies. These small urban prairies are helping wildlife as well as children to become healthier, happier and smarter.

Purchase your tickets now, before we sell out!

Eventbrite - Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour - January 2018

Thank you to our festival sponsors: Hayley Pallister, Lawrence Spence, Judge Steven Kirkland, Richard Barton, and the following:

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Houston Environmental News Update January 17, 2018

The CEC’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival is one week away!

We invite you to join us at the  2018 W&SFF On Tour to be held at the historic River Oaks Theatre on Wednesday and Thursday, January 24 & 25, 2018.

Twenty films will be shown over two nights, and will tell compelling stories about border walls, ecological restoration in Texas, endangered bumblebees, plastic pollution, organic farming, sea turtles, activism, and making a difference in your community. We selected films that showcase the links between beauty, environment, adventure, quality of life, and action. By showing these films, CEC is working to connect individuals and organizations to create a stronger Gulf Coast environmental community. While the films tell stories from around the world, we are especially excited about the local films we are showing.

Houston, at What Cost?
In Bianca Ibarra’s neighborhood on Houston’s east side, the smokestacks are simply a given, part of the landscape. This three-minute video details how air pollution damages hearts and lungs and offers ways for young people to help solve the problem. Bianca’s movie won a prestigious prize sponsored by the Environmental Defense Fund for high school students in the Houston area.

Urban Pocket Prairies:
Urbanization has reduced the once 600,000 acre Katy Prairie near Houston, Texas to just 200,000 acres affecting many species of wildlife. Now the Katy Prairie Conservancy has partnered with nearly a dozen schools to create pocket prairies. These small urban prairies are helping wildlife as well as children to become healthier, happier and smarter.

Purchase your tickets now, before we sell out!

Eventbrite - Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour - January 2018

Thank you to our festival sponsors: Hayley Pallister, Lawrence Spence, Judge Steven Kirkland, Richard Barton, and the following:

Scroll down to read notes from our member organizations and the community, or view the emailed version of the newsletter, which includes a green job listing.

Continue reading