From Duncan Meisel – 350.org [email@example.com]
10 days. That’s how long we have to flood the State Department with comments opposing Keystone XL.
For the next ten days our friends across the movement are coordinating a ‘Comment Sprint’ to submit hundreds of thousands of comments against the pipeline — hopefully hitting 1 million in total.
If you’ve already submitted a comment, keep reading: you’re able to submit more than one, and in fact, you should. We want to show that people are opposed to the pipeline for many reasons, all of them grounded in hard facts, so every day for ten days, we’ll focus on a new reason to oppose the pipeline and submit new comments.
The State Department’s review has been heavy on politics and light on science, so the more we focus on the facts, the stronger our case to the President and the public will be to stop the pipeline.
The first day of the comment sprint is today. The first issue we’re focusing on is how the pipeline undermines energy security. We need to clear about one thing: TransCanada wants this pipeline so they can get tar sands oil to export.
President Obama’s job is to decide whether the pipeline is in the US national interest. TransCanada has shown that it’s not. In filings to the State Department and contracts with refiners, they’ve spelled out their plans to pad their profits by exporting it to the international market where it will fetch a higher price — putting more money in the pockets of big oil and accelerating tar sands development in Canada.
Can you submit a comment to the President and State Department explaining the energy security case for stopping the pipeline? Click here to submit your comment: act.350.org/letter/kxl-sprint-day-1/
To hit a million comments, it will take a lot of us pitching in in different ways. At 350, we won’t email you every day for 10 days (more likely 4 or 5), but we will use social media and other tools at our disposal to promote the push every day between now and the 22nd. In particular, we will be relying on our Social Media Team to share crucial info about each day’s issue — if you’d like to join the Team and help super-charge key content over the next ten days, click here: act.350.org/signup/social/
Keystone XL is a climate disaster, and an economic loser. If built, it would carry 800,000 barrels a day of tar sands to export for the next 50 years, leaving a toxic legacy for communities along the route, and a massive carbon footprint on the atmosphere. And we’re going to do whatever we can to stop it.
Thanks for all you’ve done, and all you will do to stop the pipeline.
P.S. – If you’ve submitted a comment and would prefer to opt-out of emails about the next ten days of comments, that’s fine too! Just click here, and we won’t send you any more Comment Sprint emails: act.350.org/sign/kxl-sprint-opt-out/ You’ll stay subscribed to 350.org, but we’ll leave you out of updates for the Sprint.
Homestead, FL-On Saturday, February 2, 2013, from 2:00 pm-7:00 pm, at Harris Field, 1034 Ne 8th St, Homestead, FL, Redland Tropical Gardens (RTG), will partner with the State of Florida, Viva Florida 500, Miami-Dade County, Homestead Centennial Committee, The Greater Miami Host Committee, Dade County Farm Bureau, Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association, the National Parks Service, the Miami-Dade College, and Homestead Job Corps to participate in the Homestead Centennial Celebration, and present Tropical Cornucopia, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, 100 years of Agriculture & Natural Resource History of Homestead, an integral part of the multi-billion dollar vegetable, fruit and tropical foliage market in Miami-Dade County and the State of Florida, and the only city in the United States with two national parks.
This event celebrates a century milestone of rural Homestead that promotes civic engagement, and brands this area as a sustainable tourism destination dubbed the “Bridge between Man and Nature”, where people “Love the Land”… an American Heritage.
Highlights include: a Historic Farm Family interactive living history presentation from the Historic Homestead Townhall Museum, and an exhibit of local tropical exotic fruits, spices, herbs, and vegetables, natural and organic products, native plants and flowering trees, as well as the National Parks Service, promoting the ancient and archaeological natural heritage of the Everglades and Biscayne National Parks.
The exhibit area is adjacent to the Centennial Kids Zone, which will include the “ Dean of Green” a “Greenwise” 45 minute interactive musical that promotes Homestead’s cultural, agricultural, and natural history, environmental stewardship, and healthy living for children and families with music, dance, and storytelling, a Pirate’s History Treasure Hunt, Environmental Face Painting- flowers, plants, butterflies, animals, bugs, rainbows, and clouds, Multicultural Historic Games, arcade, bounce houses, rock climbing, refreshments, history contests, and more!
Also on February 2nd, 2013, RTG will launch Tropical Cornucopia Pioneer, Agro and Eco-Farm and Garden Tours, as an ancillary component of the celebration, to include a one hour “Homestead Then and Now Bus Tour” with Miami-Dade College and RTG certified cultural and nature-based Tour Guides, beginning at 9:00 am-1:00pm, starting at the Historic Homestead Townhall Museum, 41 North Krome Ave. This tour will promote Homestead’s Historic Downtown District, the home to three nationally designated and four locally designated structures, as well as the Main Street District listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.
“Through this event, RTG Board of Directors look forward to building relationships that will serve to provide the network to help us produce, host, and promote RTG’s upcoming smart growth, sustainable world-class, family, signature event “TROPICALCORNUCOPIA™”, INTERNATIONAL TROPICAL FARM, GARDEN AND FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL, to national and international markets, scheduled to take place November 2nd and 3rd, 2013, from 10:00am-6:00pm in Homestead. All our initiatives provide our community the opportunity to Learn, Live, Work, Play and Grow Together, in an agrarian, sustainable farm and garden lifestyle that supports agriculture, the first historic industry of the State of Florida. We also seek to promote, connect, maintain, protect, preserve, and enhance the historic, natural, cultivated, recreational, and diverse cultural resources of this area for sustainable tourism, economic and workforce development, community education, life-long learning, inclusion, social justice, equality, well-being, and a better quality of life for all; planting the seeds to grow a clean, safe, healthy, and green economy, and leaving a green legacy for future generations”- Margie Buster, President RTG.
RTG is now celebration its 17th year! Redland Tropical Gardens and Botanical Foundation, Inc., d.b.a. Redland Tropical Gardens is a not for profit foundation dedicated to providing the resources for the development, preservation, education and promotion of sustainable nature-based, historic and cultural heritage products, services and industries of the Redland and South Florida.
RTG is the first nonprofit community-based sustainable and rural tourism destination management nonprofit organization founded by women in South Florida. It established the first co-operative with other organizations furthering the interests of horticulture, conservation, environmental protection and beautification, as well as new economic generators, diversification of the agricultural industry in South Dade, and the connection of Tropical South Florida’s Green and Blue Corridors.
To encourage the establishment and maintenance of botanical gardens, arboreta and horticultural centers for the advancement of science, enjoyment and education of the public
To advance the study of gardening, landscape design, environmental issues, floral design and horticulture and assist deserving students through college scholarships in these fields of endeavor established the first co-operative with other organizations furthering the interests of horticulture, conservation, environmental protection and beautification.
To aid in the protection and conservation of natural resources, to promote civic beautification and encourage the improvement of roadsides and parks
To empower women in travel/tourism and hospitality as well as allied fields through education, information, promotions and professional development.
YOUTHFUL VIGOR DOES HAMLET WELL AS IT STIRS GABLESTAGE ENROUTE TO SCHOOLS
CORAL GABLES, FL – I have never enjoyed a production of Hamlet more than the tightened, 90-minute one put together by the brilliant director /adapter Tarrel Alvin McCraney and his editing cohort ( Bijan Sheibani), currently holding court at GableStage. And that includes my own high school reading presentation (in which I played Hamlet’s best buddy (Horatio), several 224 minute professional presentations – even the visionary movies starring Sir Laurence Olivier (1948),a full length version featuring Kenneth Branagh ( 1996), even the 2000 modernized adaptation produced for Ethan Hawke (2000). In fact, there have been some 50 film versions and dozens of stage productions made since 1900, ranging from a five hour stage version to movies starring the astonishing Richard Burton to the ridiculous action-hero Mel Gibson.
But, what makes the GableStage version so enjoyable is that it has a youthful vigor, perefect for showing to high school students (which it will do in Miami area schools following its commercial run here). It isn’t just the superiority of the shorter version — envisioned by McCraney — that makes it so student-proof but it will give everyone a new appreciation of Shakespearian theatre. In the retelling of The Bard’s most famous play, it introduces students perfectly to the most powerful and influential tragedies in all of English literature.
Another reason to adore this Hamlet is the casting – an arrray of youthful talent one might expect from a more experienced company.
Edgar Miguel Sanchez, who-like many in the cast grew up in South Florida – is an intense Hamlet. His performance is outstanding. In taking on one of the most difficult roles in theatre and risking comparison with so much talent in the play’s history, Sanchez could easily have failed. It is a difficult role, which he admirably enthrones. He is a memorable Prince of Denmark!
The rest of the cast, as well, is perfect and will be a guide (whether they realize I or not) towards a learning tool as they perform Hamlet free for the Miami-Dade school children.
In addition to the noteworthy Sanchez, the rest of the impressive cast shimmers. Among those remarkable performers are Dylan Kammerer (Horatio), James Samuel Randolph (King Claudius/Ghost), Alana Arenas (Queen Gertrude), Ryan George (Laeretes/Rosencrantz), a lovely Mimi Davila (Ophelia), veteran actor Peter Haig (Polonius), Arielle Hofman (Guildenstern/Orsic)and the others in this ideal ensmble – Laura DiLorenzo, Michael Napoles and Alfie Ramirez.
Despite is cutting edge shortened 90 minutes, this play (and thus McCraney) is able to explore the varous themes which Shakespeare built into this masterpiece — treachery, revenge, incest, moral corruption and family. The main themes and language sustains in this version,
Set in the Kingdom of Denmark (yet modernized with current dress codes) , the play dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet exacts on his uncle Claudius for murdering the king — Claudius’s brother and Prince Hamlet’s father, and then succeeding to the throne and taking as his wife Gertrude, the old king’s widow — Prince Hamlet’s mother (a noteworthy performance, we must add, by Alana Arenas).
The final fight scene, complete with swords, will keep one on the edge or his or her seats. It is choreographed with dynamic realism by Bruce Lecure.
Hamlet runs though Feb. 10. For ticket information, contact 305 445-1119.