Election Recap; Climate Change; 100 Things To Do In Jax; What's Good Wednesdays

Nov 4, 2020

As of Wednesday afternoon, the presidential election was still too close to call, as  hundreds of thousands of ballots still have yet to be counted.  

Locally, Jacksonville flipped blue last night, choosing Joe Biden for president. There were also a number of contests decided and local schools benefitted last night, as well.  AG Gankarski, of Florida Politics joined us with more.  

Related: Latest Returns, Local, State And National 2020 Election News

Climate Change

The United States officially exited the Paris climate agreement this week. The move spells bad news for advocates working to reduce carbon emissions that contribute to climate change. 

At the same time, a new report is out called The 350 PPM Pathways for Florida. The report's data outlines the pathways to reduce pollution to achieve 350 PPM - or parts per million - which is the scientific prescription to stabilize the climate. The report's author Ben Haley gave us his take on the report and attorney Julia Olson of Our Children's Trust, joined us as well.  She is in Florida to sue the state government for what Olson claims is a lack of action to improve climate change.

First Coast Tour

If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about what Jacksonville has to offer now is your chance.  Author and influencer Amy West gave us a tour of the First Coast in her new book, 100 Things to Do in Jacksonville Before You Die.  She will be signing book copies at Ashes Boutique and Tea Room in Jacksonville Beach on Saturday, November 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  

What’s Good Wednesdays

Are you a vet in need of a job? CareerSource Northeast Florida is hosting Paychecks for Patriots, a special virtual hiring event dedicated to connecting quality employers with local veterans and military spouses on Thursday. 

More Good News This Week:

  • If you’re still tense from the election, you may want to consider attending Vive Tu Vida/Live Free at James Weldon Johnson Park in Downtown Jacksonville on Saturday.  It will take place from 11 am - 2 pm as a free, socially distanced yoga event.
  • You have an opportunity to support the local nonprofit Beaches Go Green as it hosts a community cleanup at the Beaches Town Center this Saturday from 8am -10am, before all the holiday lights are hung.  If you’d like to participate, meet at the Atlantic Blvd. beach access, by the Beaches Go Green tent and wear a mask. 
  • The Mandarin Garden Club is celebrating its 75th Anniversary on Sunday. You can join in on the fun in from 9am - 4pm during their craft fair.  

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Patrick Cantin can be reached at newsteam@wjct.org.