Ocean Drive editor with various Miami personalities
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: With Channel 7’s Belkys Nerey at R House, celebrating the neighborhood of Wynwood with Metro 1 Properties and Tony Cho; With Bill Kearney and Chris Núñez, celebrating Núñez’s new tattoo parlor/art gallery Hand Crafted, here at One Lounge; With wine critic James Suckling and Lalique President and CEO Maz Zouhairi at the launch of Lalique’s 100 Points collection at Lalique Bal Harbour; Champagne wishes and caviar dreams... Catching up with Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous host Robin Leach at the grand opening of E11even Miami.

Each year on April 22, more than a billion people in 190 countries participate in Earth Day. And this year’s celebration is a perfect fit for Miami, as it will focus on the global theme of “green cities.” With an increasing number of people migrating to our own city to enjoy its warm climate and enviable quality of life, it’s evident we need to focus more than ever on the environment.

Sure, the little things like recycling plastic bottles (or not using them at all) can help. But it’s also about creating sustainable communities and educating the public. I recently participated in a beach cleanup with several students from Miami Country Day School. More than just teaching the kids how to clean up the environment in which they live, the event was also about showing how pollutants are contaminating the ecosystem in which our birds and fish live.

I, of course, can always do more.

So for an Earth Day-inspired April issue of Ocean Drive, we’ve chosen to write about green and LEED-certified buildings in this month’s “Gold Coast Report” and feature everything from clean and healthy restaurants to farm-to-table (to liver!) cocktails. We’re toasting the world’s greatest golfer, South Florida resident Jack Nicklaus, who just so happens to be an Everglades Foundation board member, and we’ve got an intimate Q&A with maritime expert Philippe Cousteau, whose youth environmental education-focused nonprofit EarthEcho International continues his family’s conservation legacy. It’s all part of keeping South Florida informed—and beautiful.

Speaking of beautiful, our cover girl Rosario Dawson is currently starring in the critically acclaimed biopic Cesar Chavez. We chronicle her amazing journey and passion for life.

We had a wild last few months, starting with Art Basel and continuing with the Miami International Boat Show, South Beach Wine & Food Festival, and Ultra Music Festival and Winter Music Conference. The city will slow down a bit now, but just barely. Maybe it’s time we turn our attention back to the environment, part of what makes our lives so rich and luxurious down here. By investing in a greener lifestyle and educating the public and our children, we can maintain the beauty and spirit that Miami has to offer for generations to come.

Enjoy the read!

JARED SHAPIRO

PHOTOGRAPHY BY WORLDREDEYE.COM (NEREY, KEARNEY, LEACH); LALIQUE VIA WORLDREDEYE.COM (ZOUHAIRI)

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