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Hands across the Land is coming to your Beach or City

May 21 at noon

See website:

 Hands Across the Sand / Land, founded in 2010, has grown into an international movement. People came together to join hands, forming symbolic barriers against spilled oil and to stand against the impacts of other forms of extreme energy.

The world’s climate is changing due to the use of dirty fuels. Lets come together in solidarity and say NO to dirty fuels and YES to clean energy.

Find an event that is already happening in your location. If you do not see an event you can attend, host one yourself.  Fill out the form on the website soon as there are two steps and a waiting period to have it approved. Its easy and the organizers provide all you need to make it successful! If you missed this year, be ready for next year!! UU congregations: Find the sponsor and plan together for the event.

Sites as of May 15, 2016   Go to Hands Across the Sand website for directions and info 

  • New Smyrna Beach

  • Cocoa Beach, Lori Wilson Beach

  • Daytona Beach, Hartford Beach Approach

  • Englewood, Englewood Beach Park, Manasota Key

  • Fernandina Beach, Main Beach Fernandina Beach Florida

  • Lauderdale, Ft. Lauderdale Beach*

  • Indian Rocks Beach, Pinellas County 18th Ave Park, Indian Rocks Beach

  • Jacksonville Beach, Fl 32250, Jacksonville Beach End Of Beach Blvd*

  • Lake Worth, Lake Worth Fl

  • Lauderdale By The Sea, Lauderdale By The Sea, North Of Pier   Surfrider Broward Chapter Offshore Seismic Testing / Lauderdale by the Sea

  • Miami Beach, On The Sand – 501 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach | Fl 33139

  • Ochopee, 11 Mile Road, Entrance To Raccoon Point Oil Field, Big Cypress National Preserve

  • Pensacola Beach, Casino Beach, 41 Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach, Florida 32526

  • Riviera Beach, Singer Island Beach

  • Santa Rosa Beach, Ed Walline Public Beach Access, Offshore Drilling

  • Santa Rosa Beach, Ed Walline Public Beach Access

  • Tallahassee, Florida Capitol- Waller Park (dolphin Statue)

  • Tarpon Springs, Fred Howard Park*

  • Treasure Island, Bilmar Beach Resort

  • Vero Beach, Tracking Station Park, Vero Beach

*Unitarian Universalist congregations  reporting involvement as of May 5, 2016

UU Church of Tarpon Springs announces: 

At the May 21st event,  the Tarpon Springs UU  “Hands Across the Sands” event will begin an involvement in a Florida Unitarian Universalist initiative to support the building of resilient communities. The UU Tarpon Springs Climate Leader, Gerald Goen will be announced, and involvement with Jan Booher’s grant initiative will begin. Information about hurricane preparedness, sea level rise, fracking, and year-round and long term neighborhood preparedness will be offered at the Tarpon Springs event.

Learn about the Tarpon Springs initiative:

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Earth Day Events in Florida

April 23, 2016

In Boca Raton

Florida Earth Festival  10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

University Woodlands Park, 2601 St. Andrews Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33434

Florida Earth Festival’s 3rd Annual Earth Day Fair, April 23rd. We’re doing it again! Get ready for Green products, Urban gardening, Electric cars, Crafts, Biodegradable supplies, Workshops and more.

Facebook page:

UU Fellowship of Boca Raton:

In Gainesville

A month of Earth Day events at UU Fellowship of Gainesville

From World Water Day to Earth Day (March 22 to April 22), Unitarian Universalists and other people of faith and conscience take action to build resistance to climate change and add our moral voices to the movement for climate justice. Organized by Commit2Respond, the Unitarian Universalist climate justice coalition, individuals, families, groups, and congregations engage to learn together, and take action to shift to a low carbon future, advance the human rights of frontline communities, and grow the climate justice movement. You may learn more at

PACHAMAMA SYMPOSIUM ~ Sunday, April 24, 2-5pm  Free and open to the Public

Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream: A Pachamama Symposium. Climate change, social justice, leadership, action, inspiration. This is a transformative social justice workshop that explores the challenges and possibilities of this moment in time and the role people can play in creating a new future. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Reserve your spot by email to

Spiritual Dimensions of Climate Action

“The climate crisis is not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity.” ~Al Gore

This five-part series begins Sunday, April 3 and has three objectives:

  • To explore ethical questions connected to climate change, and to address them within the context of the spiritual teachings of the world’s religions.
  • To practically apply spiritual teachings in our everyday personal lives which will benefit the environment and future generations.
  • To carry out an action project.
  1. Sunday, April 3, 9:00-10:15 am, Common Room
    Watch the video “Home” together, or if you prefer you may watch it at home instead, at
  2. Sunday, April 10, 9:00-10:15 am, Common Room
    Impacts of Climate Change. We will discuss the film “Home.”

III. Sunday, April 17, 9:00-10:15 am, Common Room
Spiritual and Ethical Dimensions – the Individual. Spirituality as opposed to materialism. Impact of individual actions.

  1. Sunday, April 24, 9:00-10:15 am, Common Room
    The Role of Society. Aspects of justice. Poverty and climate change. Decide on individual or group
    community service project.
  2. Sunday, May 1, 9:00-10:15 am, Common Room
    A Challenge to All of Us. The role of religious communities. What is progress? Reports on action projects.

 In Orlando

Central Florida Earth Day 10 am – 6 p.m.

Lake Eola Park, 512 E. Washington St. Orlando, FL

SPEAKERS + presentations + ENVIRONMENTAL & HUMANE EDUCATION + Earth Kids Zone + ARTIST CORNER + Artist Corner + LIVE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT 250+ Eco-friendly vendors

Website for activities and presentations: http://www.CFEARTHDAY.ORG

First Unitarian Church of Orlando table at Festival at

University UU Fellowship of Orlando at

April 17th – Chris Castro “Orlando’s Journey To Be One Of The Most Sustainable Cities in America” Over the next two decades, the City of Orlando is aiming to be one of the greenest and most sustainable cities in the country, with a strong focus on growing the economy, environmental protection, and enhancing quality of life for all residents. Chris Castro, Senior Advisor and Sustainability Program Manager for Mayor Dyer and the City of Orlando ‘Green Works’ initiative, speaks.

In Jacksonville

EARTH DAY and Ecology Fair on April 23, 2016 at Jacksonville Landing 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Fun-filled day for the whole family. FREE local festival to learn about conservation, reducing energy and water use, preventing pollution and how to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

Earth Day and Ecology Fair website:

UU Church of Jacksonville at

Buckman Bridge of Orange Park at

In Tampa

Appreciating the Earth April Sundays:

Why I am a Humanist,Why I am a Religious Naturalist,Green day every day-Overcoming Inertia, Just be in Awe

Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa –

EcoFest on April 23, 2016 at Lowry Park at 7525 N. Boulevard, Tampa 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

April 16, 2016

at UU Fellowship of Charlotte County at 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at 1532 Forrest Nelson Blvd, Port Charlotte

Why do we need an Earth Day?

The movement encourages education and invigorates individuals to take action to protect our planet. Earth Day is the largest civic event in the world, incorporating more than a billion people per year. Locally, celebrate with us at our annual Earth Day celebration with family-friendly games, environmental activities and lunch!

Who: For the young and young-at-heart who care about protecting our environment!

Fee: This is a free community event open to KCB members and non-members.

See regarding UU Fellowship of Charlotte County

It is also a great time to pledge your support to protect Charlotte County’s environment by Adopting-A-Road, or registering your family and friends for our annual Great American Cleanup,  and Coastal Cleanup.

Affiliated with Keep Charlotte Beautiful Keep America Beautiful Affiliate



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Winging It in SW Florida:

2016 Holton Eco-Preserve Bill Brewer Family Gardens Conference Series

Gardening with Natives for

Birds, Bees, Bats, and Butterflies

Saturday, January 23, 2016  between 9:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.

UU Church of Fort Myers

13411 Shire Lane, Fort Myers 33912

Featured Speakers: Charles Sobczak and Rachel Singletary, Joy Hazell

Exhibitors and break-out activities relating to Florida-Friendly Landscaping

Pre-register at 

$15.00 per person-$20 per family (3 or more members)

Inquiries to Peg  at

Offered in collaboration with University of Florida IFAS Extension.

The Holton Eco Preserve Bill Brewer Family Gardens is a Community Service Project of the UU Church of Fort Myers

More information here: Holton Eco-Preserve

More information about Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers:</

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