Mother Nature’s exotic playground welcomes a new fan

South Florida, one of Mother Nature’s most exotic playgrounds, is about to get a new resident determined to bring greater awareness, education and empathy to the importance of connecting to Mother Earth.

Jarid Manos, a green leader, literary author (Ghetto Plainsman, Temba House Press), and public speaker, is preparing to start a 2 year writing project in South Florida, a long short form blog story titled Fear and Loving: Where the Ocean Meets the Streets, and he’s moving to South Florida to do it! Manos is founder and CEO of Great Plains Restoration Council (GPRC) in Houston, Texas, where he is known for his flagship program: Restoration Not Incarceration ™. For years he’s been helping youth and young offenders rebuild their lives through protecting and restoring critically endangered native prairies of the great AmericanWest.

“No place in America has been so shattered and devastated to where there’s almost nothing left,” explains Manos. He says it’s the same with young men (and women) caught in a cycle of violence against themselves. “This physical work helps them build a refuge for themselves and wildlife, while learning they’re stronger than they think they are.”

Manos will now focus on bringing that same awareness to our oceans and coral reefs. “The prairie and the ocean are two halves of a whole. What does the ocean mean to us and what does it tell us about ourselves?” I have no doubt Manos is going to help us all answer those questions – welcome to South Florida!

To learn more about GPRC, or to book environmental champion and author Jarid Manos for your next event, contact A multiple Emmy-Award winning Anchor and Reporter, Julia Yarbough is a national blogger, motivational speaker, emcee/hostess, entrepreneur, travel writer and health & fitness enthusiast.

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