"Nature is taking a breath when the rest of us are holding ours.”
- The Atlantic, April 2, 2020, The Pandemic is Turning the Natural World Upside Down.

Show Your Love: Earth Day

Wednesday, April 22, marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement. The first Earth Day in 1970 inspired 20 million Americans (10% of the total population of the United States at the time) to participate in rallies and events throughout the country to protest the damage that was occurring to our planet and to raise awareness about the importance of protecting our environment.

This historic event led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and passage of landmark legislation like the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. Much progress has been made since that time, but significant challenges still lie ahead.

This year also marks an important milestone in St. Johns Riverkeeper’s history – our 20th anniversary. Despite the pandemic, we continue to do what we have done for the last 20 years  – tirelessly advocate and stand up for your St. Johns River.   

While this may not feel like a time for celebration, this is a time to remind ourselves of what is important to our community and the health and well-being of families and individual lives. We know that the St. Johns River and clean water are critical to our long-term economic prosperity and quality of life. We also know that we can’t afford to allow the St. Johns to be neglected or further degraded, even during a human health crisis - which is why we are still here for you and our River.

This Earth Day, please take a moment to reflect on the importance of our River and our natural world and join us in raising a glass to clean water and a healthy planet! Check out our latest blog post: 20 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day and Water today and every day.

 

Earth Day Events 

Raise a toast to clean water with Waterkeepers Florida (14 Waterkeepers throughout the state) to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day! Followed by a mini-concert by the Flathead Stringband.

  • What: Waterkeepers Florida Live EARTH DAY Salute/Toast 
  • When: Wednesday, April 22 @ 5:50 pm
  • Toast with us by sharing a photo using #ToastToCleanWater!

Tune in! Your St. Johns Riverkeeper and Waterkeepers Florida President, Lisa Rinaman, will be kicking off the celebrations. Watch from our St. Johns Riverkeeper Facebook Page.

Join the Rising Tides for Earth Day-themed Trivia! 

Grab your spouse, four-legged friend, or share the virutal invite with your friends.

  • When: Thursday, April 23 @ 8pm via Zoom

We'll be testing your environmental knowledge for the chance to win some St. Johns Riverkeeper swag! Learn more and RSVP.

 
 

NEW! Tuesday Talks: River Friendly Series 

Featuring tips, how-tos, & ways you can implement River Friendly practices at home and in your community! Join Gabbie for a LIVE update on all things rain barrels and how to install one in your home! 

Tune in to our St. Johns Riverkeeper Facebook Page | April 21 @ Noon! Have any questions or topics about Rain Barrels you'd like Gabbie to answer or discuss during her update? Send them in ahead of time via button below!

 

NEW! Advocacy Wednesday Webinars: Take Action

Central Florida is targeting the St. Johns River once again to fuel unbridled growth. Join Dr. Quinton White, Executive Director of the Marine Science Research Institute and your St. Johns Riverkeeper, Lisa Rinaman, to discuss the Central Florida Water Initiative 2020 Water Supply Plan that is updated every five years. Unfortunately, CFWI once again prioritizes harmful water withdrawals from the St. Johns River instead of sustainable conservation efforts. 

Join us to learn more about this pending water grab and how you can help protect the St. Johns. Register and send in your questions ahead of time via button below!

 

#DontFeedTheAlgae: Help Report Algae Blooms

Toxic green algae outbreaks are increasing in duration and frequency, threatening our waterways and our health. Last year, the St. Johns experienced more than 90 days of outbreaks impacting more than 50% of our River. With warmer weather and sunnier days, we have already received several reports this spring. 

If you see an algae bloom or another pollution issue, please be our eyes and ears of the River and report it to us! Sharing on your own social media? Tag us using #DontFeedTheAlgae with your pictures.

 

Nature and our St. Johns River are the healing we all need right now. The natural world's remedies are all around us - we just have to notice. 

Take time to notice Nature and beautiful outdoor moments in your home, neighborhood, or wherever you might be. A flower, a bee, or a bird - whatever brings you joy when you're in Nature - we want to see! 

We have been blown away by the Nature videos and images from citizens coming in on all areas of social media. Give us permission to share using #HeySJRKLookAtThis so we can brighten up our feeds.

If you're cooped up and want to serve your River where you are - join our #SJRKTrashTag Challenge!
1. Pick up trash while you’re outside.
2. Challenge 3 friends to do the same. Share your photo/video using #SJRKTrashTag
3. Be safe and have fun.

As always, do this with all safety precautions in mind. St. Johns Riverkeeper does not support picking up trash without gloves or in groups. Be safe, wear gloves, wear a mask or make your own, wash your hands and gloves (if reusable), and maintain social distancing. Post and share your photos/video with us by using #SJRKTrashTag

Shop Our Store

Give the gift of the River with our sustainable merchandise. NEW dri-fit, long sleeve t-shirts available!

 

P.S. If you're not already following us on social media, now's a good time to start. See you (virtually) soon!

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