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For Immediate Release:
March 07, 2013
Media Contact:
Cathy Guerra
ferrec@miamidade.gov
305-235-1668

''Speaking Sustainably'' Free Film & Lecture Series at the Deering Estate at Cutler: Blue Carbon and Seagrass Ecosystems


South Florida is host to some of the richest natural resources in the world. The balance of human and natural systems in our growing urban community is central to political, cultural, and academic dialogues regarding the environment. “Speaking Sustainably” is a film and lecture series offered free to the public at the Deering Estate at Cutler, in partnership with FIU's School of Environment, Arts and Society . The series intends to engage the community with critical environmental issues of the twenty-first century and to inspire action.

Wednesday, March 27th at 7:00 pm
Topic: Blue Carbon and seagrass ecosystems

Presenter: Jim Fourqurean, Ph.D., Professor, FIU Department of Biological Sciences Visitor Center Auditorium; FREE & open to the public.

South Florida is surrounded by one of the largest seagrass meadows on earth. Seagrass meadows protect coastlines, provide habitats for the seafood we consume, and according to a recent study by Jim Fourqurean, could be a multi-billion dollar marketplace for mitigating global climate change. Capable of storing as much carbon as forests, seagrasses are disappearing at alarming rates. Dr. Fourqurean will discuss the Blue Carbon initiative, and its mission to extend carbon credits to preserve these important resources.

Upcoming lectures and screenings of the “Speaking Sustainably” series: Earth Days screening on April 24th and Coastal Carnivores screening & discussion on May 22nd. For more information please visit or call 305-919-6000.

About the Deering Estate at Cutler The Deering Estate at Cutler, a Miami-Dade County Park, is located at 16701 SW 72 Avenue in Miami. This 444-acre natural and archeological preserve and historic site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a center for education, culture and recreation. Historic house tours are offered daily at 10:30 am & 3:00 pm. Natural areas tours are offered daily at 12:30 pm (October - May). EcoAdventure Tours are also offered throughout the year for an additional fee. For more information on the Deering Estate's educational and cultural programs, please visit www.deeringestate.org .

About the FIU School of Environment, Arts and Society
As a part of the FIU College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) unites socially and environmentally-oriented faculty in an effort to better understand and address the challenges that arise from the interaction between human and environmental systems. Faculty in SEAS are invested in understanding how factors from both systems affect the environment, because long-term sustainability can only be achieved if human societies understand their impact in and responsibility toward these natural systems. The academic core of SEAS consists of the Departments of Biological Sciences, Earth and Environment, and English. Through research, education, and an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, SEAS strives to bring about positive, tangible changes on local, national and international levels.