The Sink or Swim Project is designed to educate, inform and engage people on climate change and especially the risks from sea level rise that South Florida and our planet face. The Sink or Swim Project was founded by Delaney Reynolds, a fourth generation Miami, Florida resident that splits her time between that vibrant city of a few million people and a 1,000 acre island in the Florida Keys named No Name Key that’s best known for having just 43 solar powered homes, along with a few hundred of the diminutive Key Deer.
The Sink or Swim Project’s core educational work involves classroom presentations to school age children and young adults, as well as college students and adults. We use real science in informative and creative ways to illustrate exactly what has happened to our warming planet, what is about to happen in our lifetime (and beyond), in addition to discussing possible solutions. Power point presentations, videos and hands on tools and props are utilized to engage participants in hopes that they will become involved.
In addition to our educational efforts, social activism is a growing part of The Sink or Swim Project’s work. This includes periodically sharing our thoughts on a variety of issues ranging from science to politics via our blog and social media (Facebook , Twitter and Instagram), as well as public speaking on political topics of concern.
Late 2015 and early 2016 has been a very busy time for The Sink or Swim Project. Some examples of its recent work would include the following:
In addition to being featured in the Ahead of the Tide series, our founder, Delaney Reynolds, has also been filmed for inclusion in the Emmy award winning Years of Living Dangerously series that will appear later this year on The National Geographic Channel. In December, Delaney spent the day with The Year’s Miami Correspondent, actor/musician Jack Black, who interviewed her as part of the show that will focus on South Florida’s sea level challenges.
Just before Christmas, The Sink or Swim Project went global by making its presentation via Skype from Miami one night to a girls’ school, Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya, Gwalior, India, the next morning. The Indian girls, while half a world apart, had the same concerns and passions that Delaney does here in Miami and were inspired by her to become involved in their community to seek solutions for the future. To read more about The Sink or Swim Project’s India presentation click here: http://miamisearise.com/
One of The Sink or Swim Project’s recent classroom sessions took place on January 30th for the Breakthrough Miami program and a group of 80 students. More on this event and the excellent interaction the children had that day can be found at http://miamisearise.com/2016/
On February 26th Delaney gave a TED Talk in Miami about The Sink or Swim Project and the need for voters to demand more from our political leaders. The Talk will be posted on YouTube, as well as www.miamisearise.com in about a month.
On February 27th, Delaney proudly lectured at the University of Miami as part of their annual Empowering Effective Climate Communications, a gathering of the region’s top climate scientists and policy makers. In addition to speaking about The Sink or Swim Project’s educational and activism efforts, she was also pleased to share the Ahead of the Tide trailer and invite everyone to become involved with this important initiative.
And to end the month with a ‘bang’ The Sink or Swim Project was proud to learn that Delaney Reynolds was selected to serve on Phillipe Cousteau’s newly created International Youth Leadership Board/Council. To learn more about Earth Echo’s amazing work, as well as the Council, please visit here: http://earthecho.org/news/
2016 holds the promise of what we hope will be much more productive work including activism in the 2016 Presidential Election, adding a section to our website on Solar Power in hopes of changing ‘The Sunshine State’ into “The Solar State’ and continuing our classroom educational efforts in hope of engaging as many young people as possible to become involved and part of the solution with the hope that we can cool our planet and change our behaviors to protect it.