The Cathedral District, located in the urban core of Jacksonville, Florida is adjacent to the downtown business district. It offers a unique energy and atmosphere. Currently the residential population is less than 2,000 and there are few businesses. The thirty-six square block area is anchored by five historic Christian churches whose leaders are as committed to the city’s needs as they are to their worshiping members. Over the past 30 years the churches have served disadvantaged populations and created nonprofit organizations to serve children, women, families, and the homeless. Cathedral District-Jacksonville, Inc. became a Florida nonprofit organization in 2016 to address community needs.
There are three distinct challenges related to development of the Cathedral District. Each challenge requires creative thinking. Prioritizing how to take the best steps forward is the primary objective for bringing people together for dialogue. To the degree Cathedral District Jacksonville, Inc. can make progress on each of the challenges, those who, live, work, worship and visit the area will benefit.
Challenge 1 Focus on Alternative Parking Strategies
Challenge 2 Create a Walkable Environment
Challenge 3 Rally Community Willpower
This issue guide was written for Bradford County, Florida residents interested in deliberating choices regarding involvement in community planning and enhancement. The guide presents three areas to which residents can be actively engaged: relationship building, workforce development, and comprehensive planning.
The overarching questions for deliberation:
• What will it take for Starke and Bradford County residents to actively participate in local and regional democratic activity?
• How can all residents feel welcome in community decision-making?
• What will the impact of the new bypass be on the community?
• What should we do? What actions should be taken?
There is a significant shortcoming in environmental education across much of the United States: an almost total lack of reference to consumption.
Tens of millions today view wholesale land set-asides and prohibition of raw material extraction as the very essence of environmental protection, and this is a view that pervades much of environmentally oriented education in today’s classrooms. Moreover, there is little awareness on the part of Americans of where the raw materials come from that support this nation’s economy, lifestyles, and consumptive habits. There is likewise almost zero attention given to such matters via environmental education.
As a consequence, the U.S. today is a massive net importer of basic raw materials, although it has the capacity to procure much of this material domestically. Proposals to source materials locally are routinely met with moral outrage, while at the same time, consumption of the same raw materials that are the focus of outrage is seldom questioned. Thus consumption continues unabated, while material procurement is little by little shifted to somewhere else, often justified on environmental grounds. The result is systematic export of the environmental impacts of U.S. consumption and a corresponding heavy toll on the environments of countries all over the world. Where environmental standards are lower than in the U.S. – a common reality – impacts of U.S. consumption are not only transferred, but also magnified.
The issues referenced here are not, and should not be, political issues. They come down to fundamental ethical issues, issues that go well beyond what is outlined in these few brief paragraphs. But the bottom line is that environmental education simply must evolve so as to link economy and environment.
This book examines population, economic, and consumption trends globally, and links these trends to environmental consequences, environmental policies, and individual responsibility. Read more about this topic at:
Armstrong, Krasny, and Schuldt have written an easy-to-read book to help environmental educators who want to help others learn more about climate change. The book explores challenges from environmental educators and their challenges in teaching about climate change will guide the reader in their quest to educate others.
This children's book introduces elementary schoolers to the salmon life cycle and concepts such as ecosystems, keystone species, salmon culture, and stewardship. The book concludes with six case studies about kids who are making a difference on salmon-related issues.