Upcoming Community events

Global Youth Climate Strike!


September 20th - 3:15 - Sarasota, FL

Join Sarasota Students 4 Climate and Sarasota Fridays for the Future to participate locally in the youth-led Global Climate Strike on September 20th!

More than 2,500 events are planned across 150 countries to coincide with the UN Climate Action Summit.

The Sarasota protest is scheduled for 3:15-5:00 pm at the Unconditional Surrender statue near Marina Jack's (Island Park Dr, Sarasota 34236). All ages welcome!

RSVP for the Sarasota 9/20 event here!

International Coastal Cleanup Day


Oscar Scherer State Park
Saturday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m. – noon 


Sept. 21 is International Coastal Cleanup Day, the world’s largest volunteer effort to help protect oceans, lakes and rivers. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will host clean-ups throughout the state.

DEP will join partners in offering statewide beach and trail cleanups, exotic plant removals, native plantings, and informational sessions throughout the week to promote volunteerism and encourage the preservation of Florida’s natural resources. 

National Public Lands Day


Lake Manatee State Park
Saturday, Sept. 28, 9:30  – 11:30 a.m.

Little Manatee State Park
Saturday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Sept. 28 is National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest single-day volunteer event for public lands.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection invites Florida residents and visitors to volunteer at events in Florida’s state parks, aquatic preserves and national estuarine research reserves Sept. 21-28, 2019.



MDEC is a newly-forming chapter of the Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida. We support local and state candidates, lawmakers, legislation, issues and businesses that preserve, protect and enhance Manatee County and Florida natural resources.

We are organized to

· Help elect environmentally responsible Democrats

· Monitor local and state environmental legislation

· Be a resource for information and technical/scientific expertise

· Encourage environmental stewardship at all levels of government

Become a Member

Beautiful Manatee County. We have much to lose. Join us in our efforts to elect leaders who will protect it.

We meet monthly on the third Thursday at 6 pm at Manatee County Democratic headquarters (check ManateeCountyDemocrats.com/events to confirm). 

Hope to see you!

Manatee Democratic Environmental Caucus


Bob McCaa, President


Jane Sellick, Vice President


Become a Member

Become a Member

Please download the Manatee Democratic Environmental Caucus membership form and bring it to our next meeting.  We look forward to seeing you!



September 19, 6 pm - How You Can Impact Climate Change

Guest speaker Jim Willard.  Jim will discuss how important it is for citizens to focus on educating themselves on the basics, communicating effectively and encouraging local officials to take action.  
Jim has a 40 year career in risk management, having worked for major insurance companies, the entertainment industry and the employee leasing industry.  His focus for the past 10 years has been on global warming/climate change.  In 2018, Jim established the Manatee Clean Energy Alliance composed of community members who are concerned about the affects of climate change on our county.  The goal is to have the county and municipalities within to commit to 100% clean, affordable and renewable energy via the Sierra Club Program as have Sarasota, St. Pete plus 7 other Florida cities and 123 nationwide.