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And His Critics
The Unitarian Universalists of the
Islands congregation will host
Dr. Miriam Levering, who will
lead a discussion on Can Love Save
the Natural World? Pope Francis and
His Critics at the Unitarian service on
Sunday, January 7. The service begins
at 5 p.m. in Fellowship Hall at Sanibel
Congregational Church of Christ,
located at 2050 Periwinkle Way. The
public is invited to attend.
If one ever doubted whether love
could preserve the natural world, one
could come to Sanibel for assurance.
Thousands of acres of preserved land,
no streetlights, no high-rises on the
beach, and vigorous efforts to save the
snowy plover – all testify to the power
of love. The reigning pontiff, Pope
Francis, in his 2015 Papal Encyclical
Laudato Si, appeals to the works of
Saint Francis to make the case for
worldwide application of this love to
the planet, facing climate change and
environmental degradation. Critics,
calling themselves “ecomodernists,”
question the value of love in such a
task, proposing instead technological
fixes to change market incentives.
Where do you see hope?
Dr. Levering is professor emerita
at the University of Tennessee
main campus in Knoxville. She is
contributing editor of Rethinking
Scripture: Essays from a Comparative
Perspective, a book about how and why
sacred texts are valued and used in the
practices of the world’s large historical
religions. She is also the author of Zen
Inspirations and Zen: Images, Texts
and Teachings, as well as scores of
scholarly articles and other scholarly
publications. Her research focus is
Chinese and Japanese Buddhism,
especially women in Buddhism, and the
creation and transmission of Chan, Son
and Zen Buddhism in East Asia.
Dr. Levering has been president of
the National Society for the Study of
Chinese Religions and the International
Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies,
as well as chairing program committee
sections on Buddhism and Comparative
Religion in the American Academy
of Religion, the largest national and
international scholarly association in the
field of religious studies.
From January 2010 through
December 2014, Dr. Levering spent
five years teaching about Buddhism in
Japan and Taiwan.
Focus Of Journal
submitted by Ken Gooderham,
ASBPA Managing Director
Call them what you want – living
shorelines, natural infrastructure,
green infrastructure, natural and
nature-based features – interest is growing
in looking at alternatives to traditional
shoreline armoring and ways to more
naturally mitigate shoreline erosion.
More and more communities see
that they derive multiple benefits from
restoring natural infrastructure. Healthy
coastal habitats reduce the impact of
waves and storm surges, improve water
quality, provide habitat for important
commercial fisheries and offer recreation
and tourism opportunities that are the
foundation for many local economies.
Investing in natural infrastructure is
no less important than investing in built
infrastructure. It’s not only critical, it’s a
win-win. And the sooner that investment
is made, the more you benefit from it.
The next issue of Shore & Beach,
a technical journal published by the
American Shore & Beach Preservation
Association (ASBPA), focuses entirely
on advancing restoration of natural
infrastructure – dunes, marshes,
mangroves, oyster and coral reefs – and
hybrid solutions that use a mix of more
traditional hardened approaches with
natural infrastructure as a valuable means
of preserving our shores and ensuring
vibrant coastal communities.
A goal for this issue was to increase
the visibility of the expanding set of
shoreline solutions involving restoration
of natural infrastructure to meet coastal
erosion, water quality and flood risk
In assembling the articles, guest editors
Shannon Cunniff and Bret Webb stressed
three points for communities and coastal
advocates to consider when considering
1) Multi-disciplinary projects. Successful
living shoreline projects require an
integration of science and engineering.
At a minimum, these projects should be
designed with input from coastal scientists,
coastal engineers and coastal ecologists.
2) Site-specific requirements. Every
living shoreline is unique and must be
designed to account for the site specific
coastal processes, ecology, regulatory
constraints in a manner that best
addresses the goals of the project. There
is no recipe for a living shoreline and no
two projects will be identical, or perform
3) Role of living shorelines. There are
many different types of living shorelines
and, in some cases, they provide
measurable benefits that reduce storm
damage. However, the role of living
shorelines should be, first and foremost,
to facilitate the natural intertidal processes
that support shoreline stability and
resilience under day-to-day conditions.
Without concerted action to restore
the coast, the nation stands to lose a lot
of land and be increasingly vulnerable to
extreme weather. Louisiana alone could
lose as much as 2,250 square miles of
land over the next 50 years – 5 percent
of the state’s land mass, or the equivalent
of the state of Delaware. This land loss
puts its coastal communities, natural
resources and economies at risk. Also
at risk are five ports, numerous oil and
gas industrial facilities, and transportation
infrastructure vital to the economic
security of our nation.
“That’s simply the toll in one of
many coastal states that are destined
to face similar pressures in the future,”
said Cunniff. “Louisiana’s 2017 Coastal
Master Plan would combat that loss and
help significantly reduce damages that
could exceed $150 billion over the next
50 years without the plan.
“In addition to reducing risk,
investments in coastal restoration and
protection will also support nearly
60,000 jobs over the next 10 years.
In Louisiana and almost every other
coastal state in the U.S ., strong coastal
economies are dependent upon healthy
coastal ecosystems; the two cannot be
“Regardless of the implications of
future climate variability, more people are
moving to the coast and with them more
investments are made in infrastructure.
This means our risk in coastal areas will
continue to increase even in the absence
of more devastating natural hazards,” said
“Our coastal states, even the
“unsalted” coasts of the Great Lakes,
and communities need to develop
comprehensive plans for their coasts
based on sound science to make headway
on protecting vital infrastructure and
industries, creating jobs, restoring habitat
and investing in our future,” Webb
continued. “By having these plans, they
will be better positioned to access federal
funds and secure private sector support.”
Shore & Beach is a peer-reviewed
technical journal of coastal management
and science published quarterly by ASBPA
since 1933. For more information, go to
Legion Post 123
Legion Post 123 will
offer a meatloaf dinner,
served from 1 to 8
p.m. On Wednesday,
January 10, Post 123
will host the American
Legion general meeting starting at 6 p.m .
On Sunday, January 14, stop by the
legion for a barbecue dinner. The following
Sunday, January 21, Post 123 will serve
fish and shrimp. On Sunday, January 28,
a barbecue dinner will be served all day.
Stop by for live entertainment during
request and sing-a-long night with Dan
Smyth every Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m .
On Tuesdays, tacos are served all day.
Country fried steak is served all day on
Wednesday. On Fridays, a six-ounce ribeye
steak sandwich is on the menu. There are
daily specials as well as half-pound burgers.
Food is served from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If you have a flag that needs to be
retired, drop it off at Post 123, located at
Mile Marker 3 on Sanibel-Captiva Road. It
is open Monday through Saturday from 11
a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to
9 p.m . The public is welcome. For more
information, call 472-9979 .
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