Fracking on Film “Don’t Frack Florida,” a partnership between Earth Action, 350 Pensacola, and 350 North Florida, is inviting the public to attend a screening of the documentary film “Groundswell Rising: Protecting Our Children’s Air and Water.” The film examines the communities that are being directly and indirectly affected by Hydraulic Fracturing, or “fracking,” a process by which rock formations are fractured using a mix of water, sand and chemicals to access deposits of oil and natural gas. The filmmakers follow ordinary people from all walks of life who have become community activists. A discussion with Craig Stevens, a Pennsylvania resident and activist featured in the film, will follow the screening on Saturday. Two fracking bills currently before the Florida legislature passed the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee in January. Both bills deal with the disclosure of chemicals that drilling companies use in the process to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The screening event is free.
“Groundswell Rising” Film Screening with Craig Stevens 1—4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. Bayview Senior Resource Center, 2001 E. Lloyd St. facebook.com/DontFrackFlorida and groundswellrising.com
Caring 4 Florida “Meet and Greet” Rescheduled Winter Storm Leon resulted in the rescheduling of an educational “meet and greet” sponsored by Caring 4 Florida, a non-profit established by Gulf Breeze residents Holley and Peyton Moseley. The session will now be held on Wednesday, Feb. 26. The Moseleys will speak about their efforts on behalf of their daughter RayAnn and others living with epilepsy, as will State Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Fort Walton Beach), who on Feb. 6, filed a bill in the Florida House of Representatives to legalize “Charlotte’s Web,” a strain of non-euphoric marijuana which, when processed into an oil, is proving to be an effective treatment for severe forms of epilepsy.
Caring 4 Florida “Meet and Greet” featuring State Rep. Matt Gaetz 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 Atlas Oyster House, 600 S. Barracks St. facebook.com/caring4florida.
Gulf Oil Spill Recovery-Focused Workshop Takes a New Approach Online registration for the Gulf Future Salon to be held in Pensacola on March 29 is now open. The salon is a community event organized by the Gulf Future Coalition, a group made up of over 60 organizations from across Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. The coalition is taking a fresh approach to oil spill discussions in the salon, which is a gathering and workshop designed to engage residents and provide updates as to what’s happening with coastal restoration and other efforts after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster. The event will feature locally-produced documentaries, a participatory theater performance, a comprehensive workshop on the Restore Act and relevant legislation, and breakout sessions to create a vision of a healthy Gulf. The Gulf Future Coalition will hold similar salons in each of the five affected Gulf Coast states in March and early April. Admission fees are voluntary, and set on a sliding scale; whatever an attendee can contribute is accepted.
Gulf Future Coalition Workshop 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 29 School for the Liberal Arts, 1010 N. 12th Ave. gulffuture.org.