Don't look now, but we're in the midst of a global mass extinction. According to ABC News, the world's amphibians are vanishing at an unprecedented rate that frightens conservationists. The porous skin of frogs acts as an ecological barometer of sorts, and their decline might indicate sinister changes in our land, air, and water. That's just the tip of the environmental iceberg. Members of our government have gone on record to say they don't believe in global warming. Gas prices continue to rise, and rather than focus on alternative fuel sources, our President is doing everything he can to ensure that his oil buddies in Houston realize their dream of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which could potentially lead to offshore oil drilling in local waters. Scared? You should be. Meet with others who share your concerns at E.A.R.T.H. Expo '5. Enjoy music from the Spam Allstars, DJ LanceO, and Earthman and the Planet Earth Projects, and explore exhibits on hybrid cars, natural cosmetics, and organic foods. Learn what you can do to save the planet at workshops about environmental investing, xeriscaping, and native plant identification. Celebrate the environment today from noon until 6:00 p.m. at Lummus Park, Thirteenth Street and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. Admission is free. Call 305-673-7080, or visit www.miamibeachfl.gov. --Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik
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Walk in Water
Grab your waders and wellies
Virginia Key is home to one of the last undeveloped beaches in the City of Miami, and it's also the site of the first official African-American beach in Dade County, dating back to 1945 when congregating by the sea was segregated by color. The Historical Museum of Southern Florida is offering a two-for-one deal this Saturday: an historical and environmental wading tour along the shoreline of Virginia Key Beach and the old African-American beach. Tour guide Frank Schena has plenty to say about how environmentalists and historians got together to stave off developers and save the beach. Meet at the south entrance of Virginia Key Beach, just north of Bear Cut Bridge, at 10:00 a.m. Admission is $15 to $20. Call 305-375-1621, or visit www.historical-museum.org for reservations. --Karen Dale Wolman