Subject: This is why Florida needs a plan
Despite increasingly powerful hurricanes, regular flooding in coastal cities, loss of storm surge mitigating wetlands and coral reefs and repeated warnings from scientists, Florida does not have an active statewide plan for dealing with the impacts of climate change. It’s time to demand our state’s leaders act.
Join me and sign the petition to the Florida Legislature: it’s time for a statewide plan to address the impacts of climate change:
It’s not a matter of if, but when, we’ll see more serious impacts from climate change in Florida. Hurricane Irma is only the most recent example. High tides regularly flood the streets of Miami and force coastal cities to spend millions to rehabilitate beaches lost to the ocean. Rising temperatures aid the spread of invasive species and accelerate the decline of native forests and rivers. Vulnerable populations such as poor and working class families suffer greatly, unable to move away from threatened areas whether a hurricane is approaching or not.
Climate change and its impacts continue to be ignored by legislative leadership and Gov. Scott. It's time we change that by taking action and ensuring our current or future state leaders create a statewide plan to address climate change.