POTUS, Bill Nye and 5 Panthers in the Everglades

President Obama decided to celebrate Earth Day, April 22, right in FIU’s backyard. With Florida’s Everglades National Park as a back drop, he took to the podium to remind the crowd of the importance of preservation and the threat of climate change.

Five members of the FIU family were on hand and led in some supporting roles on this visit.


The Park Ranger cheering the President to stage in the top left is Larry Perez ’96, MS ’08

The gentleman in the image just below Perez is South Miami Mayor and FIU Professor Philip Stoddard

In the top right there is a selfie with Bill Nye and student Bryan Palacio, a journalism major who interns for the Park Service as a result of his life changing expedition to the Everglades.

Jacqueline Crucet is in the pictured just below Palacio; she is an Executive MPA student at FIU and a program analyst for the National Parks Conservation Association.

Professor Evelyn Gaiser, in the photo on the bottom right, was invited as a sea level rise expert subsequent to her visit to the White House last week.

Here are a few more images from the event:
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