The St. Andrew and St. Joseph Bays Estuary Program is run by Dr. Jessia Graham. It is a joint effort between Florida State University and Bay County, Florida. The program put together a collaborative effort linking municipalities, businesses, non-profits and the public to attack environmental issues impacting our local waterways.
One thing going on locally is a voluntary buy-back program where the county is offering to buy residential properties that continually flood. So far, they have committed to the buying back of around 40 properties using Federal grant dollars. One problem for municipalities is the properties they buy back are taken off of the tax rolls and then become a cost liability to the city or county. What will they do with those properties? Simulations Foundation has been working with Dr. Graham to develop science based environmentally friendly solutions that are not cost prohibitive.
As I write this, we have just finished our first day of training with Climate Reality in Houston, Texas. Yesterday, we heard from a number of powerful speakers to include Climate Reality’s new CEO, Phyllis Cuttino, William Barber III, Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., Dr. Robert Bullard, John Beard and a host of others. The big speech came from Vice President Al Gore who shared the problems we are facing but who ended the presentation on messages of hope.
On October 12, we went to Ft. Myers to scout out areas we and Mission 850 might be able to help with clean up. What we found on the island was incredible. Almost any and all “stick-built” structures were destroyed. Some of the strongly built concrete buildings look fine from the outside, but all had at least three feet of water that had gone though them. Climate change is real and storms are getting worse.
One of our board directors is a scientist/professor Dr. Chandana Mitra. She is a Climatologist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Geosciences, Auburn University. She is part of a team that runs the Alabama Environment Awareness Channel. They are part of “Amverica View” with funding from the U.S. Geological Society. We recommend you subscribe to their channel as they are continually updating the channel with additional simulations relative to earth remote sensing.
What does it take to convince people that climate change is really? What does it take to convince you that anything is real and that you need to take action. Here is a short animation discussing what percent of experts does it take you to believe and take action?
On March 18, 2022 a tornado struck the area between Panama City and Lynn Haven. Simulations Foundation helped the local non-profit participate, Mission 850, in cleanup efforts. There was a lot of damage but no one was injured.
Climate change is real and can be easily seen around Panama City, Florida.
Hurricane Michael struck the Panama City area in 2018. Accouding to the Florida Forest Service we lost about 1,000,000 trees. Many of them were pine and many of them were never removed. That area of dead trees is perfect place for fires to happen when we don’t get enough moisture. That is exactly what happen here in Panama City. Someone was burning trash and it got out of control. The names of those fires became the Star
Avenue, Adkins and Bertha Swamp Road Fires. They consumed 33,000 acres or 51 square miles and was only finally contained by a number of days of rain.
The Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments on March 7, 2022, that could restrict or even eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to control the pollution that is heating the planet. If the coal industry gets its way, the results could have a catastrophic effect on efforts to avert the worst impacts of climate change.