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March 1, 2017: The Environmental Committee is currently focused on increasing member awareness of the array of issues and opportunities for individuals and the club to make a difference. Toward this goal, the winter lecture series and several events have been organized.

In January, we held a lecture “Coral Reefs Through the Lens” and a special “Meet the Author” session. Using un-derwater images and videos, Captain Philip Renaud, Executive Director, Living Oceans Foundation, described the declining health of coral reefs worldwide at our first environmental lecture on January 11.

Later, Heather Lynn Mann, environmental advocate and author of “Ocean of Insight: A Sailor’s Voyage from Des-pair to Hope” shared stories of disasters and discoveries from six-years living afloat. During her voyage, the ocean became her teacher, transforming her with uncompromising lessons on how to harmonize with natural order.

On February 8, the committee held its second winter environmental lecture entitled “The State of the Chesapeake Bay.” Dr. Beth McGee, Senior Scientist and Captain John Page Williams, Senior Naturalist of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) presented the Foundation’s 2016 State of the Bay report findings and discussed actions needed to truly “Save the Bay.”

The report showed significant improvement in three indicator categories - pollution, habitat and fisheries including improvements in oxygen levels, underwater grasses and the crab population. Clearly, we are beginning to turn the tide but more needs to be done. The speakers urged EYC members to support legislation which will help restore Maryland’s forests. They also encouraged members to get involved in Bay clean-up and oyster restoration efforts. For more information, go to CBF webpage at http://www.cbf.org/about-the-bay/state-of-the-bay-report-2016.

Local WatersThe March environmental lecture will focus on “Annapolis Local Waters.” Amy Clements, President, Spa Creek Conservancy and Dr. David Barker, Chair, Back Creek Conservancy will discuss efforts underway to improve water quality and restore the living resources in our own “backyard”. A discussion will follow regarding actions that we as individuals and as an organization can take to improve our local waters. The lecture will serve as a springboard for the development of a detailed environmental action plan for the club. Join us on Wednesday, March 22, for a special Happy Hour at 5 p.m. followed by the lecture from 6 – 7 p.m.

beforethefloodTo further support the discussion of key environmental issues, the Committee will be showing the National Geographic film “Before the Flood” on Wednesday, April 12, 7 – 9 p.m. “Before the Flood” captures a three-year personal journey with Academy Award-winning actor and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo Di Caprio, as he interviews individuals from every facet of society in both developing and developed nations who provide unique, impassioned and pragmatic views on what must be done today and in the future to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.

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