Learn more about World Environment Day

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Because residents of Longboat Key and Greater Sarasota live in close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay...


World Environment Day

...They understand the importance of protecting the environment in order to preserve the beautiful nature within the area. With dozens of national parks, trails, and beaches in Sarasota and across its surrounding keys, residents and visitors alike wish to do their part to preserve the mangrove tunnels on Lido Key for kayaking and the cycling trails of The Legacy Trail. Recently, the United Nations Environment Programme’s Regional Office of North America chose Sarasota County as their annual North American host for World Environment Day due to Sarasota’s proven track record with environmental preservation efforts.


Sarasota County has hosted a number of events that will conclude with a community forum, aiming to start a conversation with community members about the global environment. The event will take place on Thursday, June 5, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the New Pass Room on the third floor of the Keating Marine Education Center at the Mote Marine Aquarium. The event is free to the public, but people who wish to attend the event must register.


The topics for the event will include The Economic Value of Sarasota Bay, Green Building and the Green Economy, Sea Level Rise, and a number of other incredibly important topics. President and CEO of the Mote Marine, Dr. Michael P. Crosby, will moderate the discussion. If you are unable to attend the event, but wish to listen in, then fortunately, the event will also be streamed live online.


In addition, the World Environment Day celebration also includes a competition called the International Children’s Painting Competition. Children from around the world submitted artwork related to 2014’s theme “Food Waste,” which asks young participants to interpret the environmental and social implications of wasting and throwing away food and translate that idea into a painting.


The best 50 paintings will be featured at the Diane Roskamp Gallery at the Ringling College of Art and Design from June 5 to June 24. The exhibit will feature the North American First and Second Prize winners and the Sarasota Best winner as well. Admission to see the paintings at the 2014 North American International Children’s Painting Competition Exhibition is free for all.


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