State of Water, State of Mind
EI #112 Einstein’s Circle
ONLINE Wednesday, Sept. 29
Water defines us as Floridians no matter where we live: Beaches surround us on three sides. Rivers flow for ten thousand miles through the peninsula. We’re blessed with nearly 8,000 lakes and 1,000 more freshwater springs. Amid a scourge of pollution 50 years ago, the United States and Florida passed bedrock water legislation with the Clean Water Act at the federal level and the state’s sweeping water and land laws of 1972, some of the strongest in the country.
As we approach the 50th anniversary of these laws, our waters face new worrisome challenges. In her program “State of Water, State of Mind,” Cynthia Barnett helps us reflect on water as Florida’s defining element—and how we can work together to help save our state’s most precious resource.
Cynthia Barnett is an award-winning journalist and author who has reported on water and climate worldwide. She is the author of four environmental books including Rain: A Natural and Cultural History, which was longlisted for the National Book Award and her latest, The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of the Oceans.
$12 Gold Member; $15 Silver Member & General Admission
No refunds. For information or to register, call 941-309-5111.
Einstein’s Circle is a special program of OLLI at Ringling College. Einstein’s Circle provides a forum for participants to engage in an open exchange of ideas, opinions, and information on a variety of topics. These popular give-and-take discussions focus on political, social, and economic issues, as well as religion, education, and current events. The subjects are always pertinent and timely — and sometimes controversial.