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                                                              Our Village Voice

        VOL. 30 NO. 1                                                                            JANUARY 2019

       Conservation Sierra Club                                                                             Bill’s Box

                                                         This past October, the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on   By Bill Thompson
                                                         Climate Change published a special report stating that global   Annual Homeowners
                                                         warming “is likely to reach 1.5 C between 2030 and 2052   Meeting
                                                         if it continues to increase at the current rate.” We will have     Feb. 21, in Jupiter
                                                         drawn a line in the sand and then watched a rising tide erase   Community  Center,  200
                                                         it.”                                               Military Trail, Jupiter, FL.
      Climate Change, The New                              Where will this lead us? We are in uncharted territory.   Important – Contrary to my
                                                                                                            previously stated time of the
                                                         We know that the ice in Greenland is melting, but how soon
      Normal                                             will sea level rise seriously impact us in South Florida. A   meeting, it is 6 p.m. This is the
                                                         major real estate investor is warning people to only invest   only meeting of the year where all homeowners are invited
      By Drew Martin, Conservation Chair                 50 percent of their portfolio in South Florida because of the   to hear board members report on the Shores’ status and to
        We have recently seen devastating fires in California   risks of sea level rise.                    answer homeowner questions. Elections will also be held for
      and a damaging hurricane in Florida. Many climate experts     With our current president there appears no chance   nominees for Board of Directors.
      believe that these two activities are the result of climate   of a concerted effort at the national level. There are no   We Can Help
      change. It is thought that an increase in greenhouse gases   plans coming from our national government to reduce     We all know that work is being done to decrease the
      in the atmosphere is driving the severity of these events.   our dependence on fossil fuels. In fact, there are attempts   creation of trash on our planet. Plastics, for example, are
      Recently a group of scientists released a report on behalf   to roll back regulations that limit methane gas, mileage   known to float for hundreds of years in the ocean polluting the
      of the United Nations called the Intergovernmental Panel   requirements on vehicles and reduction of coal as an energy   water and life and linger in landfills long after we die. Plastic
      on Climate Change (see  source. All were attempts to reduce fossil fuel dependence   leeches poisons into the ground and harms our drinking water.
      sr15_spm_final.pdf).                               and reduce climate change. One attempt to institute a carbon   The poisons pollute the food we grow and the water people
        A new movement is taking place in Europe called the   tax in Washington state was defeated by oil companies who   and wildlife depend on to survive. Everything that goes into
      “Extinction Rebellion.” Are we on the verge of the extinction   spent 30 million dollars against the proposal.  the ground and doesn’t become rich soil is poison to the earth.
      of humanity or just moving through a difficult time? It would     The most promising measures may be at the local level.   Some businesses have stopped dispensing plastic straws and
      be hard to convince residents of Paradise, California, who   A good example where progress is being made is the four-  some governmental bodies have banned plastic straws, as I
      saw their entire town burn down, that this is not a crisis.  county Climate Compact in South Florida. One subgroup   understand it, recently, the Town of Jupiter stopped short of
        Bill McKibben wrote the following in The New Yorker   of the compact is pursuing natural shorelines rather than   a ban but discouraged the use. Without getting into industry
      Magazine:                                          hardening of shorelines. Additionally, each of us can modify   impact, straws can be made of paper.
        “In 2015, at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in   our own personal habits. Reducing trips to the store, using     My wife, Dawn, found a set of stainless steel straws that
      Paris, the world’s governments, noting that the earth has   less lighting or other appliances and opening our windows   can be carried on the person and reused time after time.
      so far warmed a little more than one degree Celsius above   when it is safe to do so and turning off our air conditioners   The set comes with a brush rod cleaning tool. She searched
      preindustrial levels, set a goal of holding the increase this   will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Driving fuel efficient   Amazon for reusable straws and came up with this invention.
      century to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), with   vehicles, biking or walking when possible will also help.   The price was surprisingly low. Negligible.
      a fallback target of two degrees (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).                                            Martin Luther King
                                                                                                              Reverend King’s life of service, notably for civil rights,
      Commissioner’s Update                                                                                 is celebrated this year on Jan. 21. He was awarded the Nobel
                                                                                                            Peace Prize in 1964. One of his most famous speeches is “I
       New Year, New Opportunities                       delegation members and other statewide organizations   Have a Dream.” Here is one of his quotes that I particularly
                                                                                                            like – “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can
       To Forge Sound Policy                             such as the Florida Association of Counties to request   do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
                                                         appropriations for vital projects and programs, and to   Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Our
       By Commissioner                                   support sound legislation. We also actively oppose the   lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that
       Hal Valeche                                       imposition of any  legislative mandates  from  the  state   matter.”
         As we enter the new                             that do not provide a recurring revenue stream, and that   Sticking With It
       year, the Board of County                         would otherwise create a negative impact on our budget.    Only about 9 percent of people who set New Year’s
       Commissioners  welcomes                             In 2019, we are advocating for bills and appropriations   Resolutions ever complete them, according to Statistic Brain
       new members, a new                                in a variety of areas and here are examples of just some   Research Institute. The key is to set small achievable goals
       governor is taking office                         of the issues on Palm Beach County’s legislative agenda:  and record your progress. Focusing on activities that you
       and  new  leaders  have                             Economic Development:  The county supports       enjoy and want to do will make committing to them easier.
       emerged to guide the State                        investments for the construction of infrastructure and   Finally
       House and Senate.                                 housing in the Glades region and for biomedical research,     A friend sent me a list of “glorious” insults from an era
         On  the  local  level,  our                     ecotourism, and business expansions throughout the   before the English language was infiltrated by four-letter
       job as commissioners is to                        county.                                            words.
       provide a high level of public services while remaining     Substance Abuse and Mental Health: We are asking     “He has delusions of adequacy.” – Walter Kerr
       fiscally  responsible. This  includes  working  with our   for increased funding for mental health providers and     “He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in
       legislative delegation and the Florida Cabinet to ensure   programs to tackle the opioid epidemic and support   others.” – Samuel Johnson
       that  revenue  dollars  return  to  Palm  Beach  County  to   legislation to increase oversight of sober homes.    “I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But I’m afraid
       leverage our investments in facilities and programs.     Health and Human Services: Over numerous    this wasn’t it.” – Groucho Marx
         The County Commission and lobbyists representing                                                   Deadline
       Palm  Beach  County  interests  coordinate  with  our   Commissioner’s Update on page  8               Copy deadline for February is Jan. 16.

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                                                                                   to report suspicious activity.                                       January 21
                                                                                       (561) 799-4445.
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                                                                                    the sooner they can help.
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