"Speaking Sustainably" Film & Lecture Series

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.

Hosted by the Deering Estate at Cutler, in partnership with WPBT2, “Speaking Sustainably” is a film & lecture series offered free to the public to engage the community with critical environmental issues of the twenty-first century and to inspire action. Film & lectures are held in the Visitor Center Auditorium and are free and open to the public.

7:00 pm
Visitor Center Auditorim
FREE & open to the public.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Saving Sawfish
The strange, prehistoric-looking Smalltooth Sawfish were once coveted by anglers as popular trophy fish. But habitat loss and overfishing have greatly reduced the animals’ range and landed them on the endangered species list. Today, the fish are limited to South Florida, where scientists are conducting research to save the species.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
South Florida's Rising Seas
Two SJMC faculty, Kate MacMillin and Juliet Pinto, explore the narrative of a South Florida community under threat from sea level rise in this half-hour documentary.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Imagining a New Florida
What will Florida live like in 2030? WPBT2 explores the meaning of community and the negative impacts of sprawl. Can Floridians chart a new path towards sustainable growth? Through the voices of architects & artists, developers & historians, planners & stakeholders, it embarks on a journey of imagining a new Florida.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Sunken Stories
In the Florida Keys, divers from around the country learn how to map shipwrecks and apply their skills on a mysterious 19th Century slave ship. When diving isn’t possible, professional explorers use high-tech tools to scan objects buried beneath the seafloor.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Sea Turtle: The Lost Years Premiere
After sea turtle hatchlings emerge from their nests, they vanish into the sea. Until recently, their journey was largely shrouded in mystery. Now, as technology advances, researchers are beginning to understand where turtles go during their so-called “lost years.”

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Seagrasses and Mangroves
Seagrasses and mangroves may not receive as much attention as coral reefs – but, they, too, play an important role in the ocean’s web of life. Today both are in decline globally, threatening an ecosystem collapse from the bottom of the food chain all the way to the top.
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About WPBT2:
WPBT2 is South Florida’s community-licensed, premier public broadcasting station serving Miami and the South Florida community.

As a vibrant force in the community, WPBT2 provides high quality content from PBS and its own original productions including Changing Seas, Downton Abbey, Antiques Roadshow, Great Performances, Check, Please! South Florida, and award-winning children’s programs, Curious George, The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That, and Super Why.

In addition, WPBT2 operates the digital channels: World, Create, and a 24-hour Spanish language network, V-me. WPBT2 also powers uvuvideo.org, a community video-sharing website.

About Changing Seas: an original production of WPBT2
Changing Seas is a public television series produced by WPBT2 in Miami, Florida. Narrated by well-known voice talent Peter Thomas, this series takes viewers on an exciting adventure to the heart of our liquid planet.

The oceans cover roughly 70 percent of the earth’s surface and they contain 97 percent of the world’s water supply. Nevertheless, only five percent of their vast expanse has been explored – leaving in secret a deep, liquid wilderness yet to be discovered.

Regardless, the oceans have long played an important role in people’s lives. Currently, more than half of all Americans live within 50 miles of the coast, and that number is rising. It is estimated that by 2025 more than 75 percent of Americans will live along the country’s shorelines. Coastal and marine waters support 28 million jobs and draw 189 million tourists a year.

While the population’s dependence on the oceans as a natural resource and a source for recreation continues to increase, the health of these large bodies of water is rapidly declining. Over-fishing, global climate change, pollution: these are only a few of the threats that the oceans are facing today. At the same time, the seas hold great promise for ongoing medical research, as an untapped source of alternate energy, and other benefits that scientists are just now beginning to discover.

Changing Seas goes to sea with explorers and scientists as they uncover new information that could lead to scientific breakthroughs. This documentary series lets viewers experience first-hand how oceanographers and other experts study earth’s last frontier, and it sheds light on how human activities are threatening ocean resources.