Happy Earth Month! This year’s theme, “Restore our Earth,” encourages action and participation in initiatives that focus on the need for environmental justice, sustainability, and climate solutions leading up to Earth Day on April 27, the 51st anniversary of this holiday. This appropriate theme reflects recent positive changes to our environment. The only bright side to the pain and loss caused by the pandemic seems to be nature’s response to the decreased human interaction. Since most of the world’s population has been working from home, air and water pollution and carbon dioxide have reduced worldwide. Closer to home, sea and wildlife are rebounding, including dolphins and sea turtles, and Florida panthers.

So I can’t think of a more well-timed program to have this month than the presentation, “Why Communication, Climate, and Collaboration are cool and what communicators need to know” by Dr. Ana Puszkin-Chevlin, Regional Director of Growing Climate Solutions: Path to Positive Southwest Florida. This free event will also feature Growing Climate Solutions founders: Rob Moher of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Eileen Connolly-Keesler of the Community Foundation of Collier County, and Sarah Owen of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.  (CLICK HERE TO REGISTER)

April is also Deaf Awareness Month, so I invite you to watch the video in the newsletter below by our Diversity and Inclusion Chair, Pam Fultz, who has a special message.

My special thanks to all of you who have supported our Gulf Coast chapter by attending our virtual meetings. Please stay tuned as we make plans to return to in-person meetings as soon as it is safe to do so.

Until then, I invite you to connect with us at our virtual luncheons, on social media, or feel free to email me at cwithorn@cfcollier.org.

Cindi Withorn
Gulf Coast PRSA

April President’s Message by Cindi Withorn