Just added to the PRNDI Conference schedule! Environmental reporting field trip: Learn about everglades ecology and Miami sea rise. It'll be a valuable, hands-on experience for any journalist interested in reporting on climate change and how urban centers respond to changing sea levels.
This trip will introduce reporters to the environmental issues in the Everglades and also an understanding of how the city of Miami is dealing with sea level rise. Breakfast and lunch are included.
The bus will leave the hotel at 7 a.m., head to the Everglades for an airboat tour led by Erik Eikenberg and Steve Davis of the Everglades Foundation. You’ll learn about Everglades policy, water management, ecology and how these issues have changed recently with impacts on this region.
The Everglades restoration project is by some measures the most expensive environmental project happening in the world, and it's being funded through federal tax dollars (some state money is also involved).
Lunch will be served on a "tree island" in the Miccosukee reservation.
On the way back, we’ll stop at an area of Tamiami Trail that was retrofitted to allow for better waterflow through the Everglades. Then we go into Miami Beach to learn about the $500+ million sea-level-rise mitigation project, including water pumps and raised streets.
We’ll arrive back at the hotel by 4 p.m., in time to clean up and attend the opening night reception.