Shell Museum: Blue Revolution
April 22 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
“Blue Revolution: A Water Ethic for America and Florida”
By Cynthia Barnett, Award-Winning Environmental Journalist
Water defines us as Floridians no matter where we live: Idyllic beaches surround us on three sides. Rivers and streams flow for ten thousand miles through the peninsula. We’re blessed with nearly eight thousand lakes and a thousand more freshwater springs – the largest concentration of artesian springs in the world. Florida’s economy and idyllic lifestyle are built on a foundation of pure and plentiful water. Yet the latest generation of Floridians has not inherited waters as clean and abundant as when they were born. In her program Blue Revolution: A Water Ethic for America & Florida, environmental author Cynthia Barnett shows audiences how one of the most water-rich states in the nation could come to face water quality and scarcity woes—and how it doesn’t have to be this way. With a shared ethic for water, Floridians come together to use less and pollute less, and work with nature as we prepare for sea-rise and the other tremors of a changing climate. Join us this Earth Day to learn how Florida can live well with water today, in ways that don’t jeopardize fresh, clean water for our children, ecosystems, and businesses tomorrow.
The Museum’s “H2O Art Exhibition” was created in partnership with Alliance for the Arts, and hopes to bring many interpretations and responses to our infinite individual and communal connections to water. The exhibition can be viewed on the second floor of the Museum during regular Museum hours (with paid admission). Most artwork on display will be offered for sale to the public at a labeled price set by the artist, and a commission will be donated to the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum.
To celebrate its current “H2O Art Exhibition,” on display at the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum from February 9 through April 30, 2021, the Museum is presenting a free three-lecture series on the life-giving liquid, which will be available virtually via Zoom. Visit ShellMuseum.org for link to Zoom invite.