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Today on Context Florida: Climate change & kids, STEM preparedness and breaking free from the screens

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Today on Context Florida:

Dr. Lynn Ringenberg, a pediatrician for 35 years, has witnessed first-hand the effect of a changing climate on young patients. With more ozone and pollution in the atmosphere, there are worsening respiratory problems, allergies, and asthma. Many infants and children take medications every day just so they can breathe better. That’s what compelled her to write. We need to address climate change now, Ringenberg says.

Teresa Barber sees the need for a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) proficient workforce in communities to fill openings as aerospace engineers, nurses, chemical engineering technicians, and computer programmers across myriad industries. This is the challenge, should we wish to promote economic well-being and our ability to create as well as consume.

Heather Gibson asks us to imagine you doing a job, and the person you’re speaking with starts staring into a tiny screen, talking with someone else. Oh, wait. We don’t have to imagine this, we live it every day! It’s rude, it’s distracting, and it’s antisocial. We need a break from the beeping, the dinging, the ringing, and the glowing screens, she says.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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