After the Deepwater Horizon disaster on April 20, 2010, many Floridians were left feeling hopeless and helpless, and wanting to take action to help ensure that Florida’s environment and economy were protected from the adverse effects of risky fossil fuel development. Our Founders Kim Ross and Brian Lee, operating as Crude Awakening Tallahassee, organized letter writing parties to engage citizens in demanding that then Governor Charlie Crist call a special session of the Florida legislature to place a referendum for constitutionally banning offshore drilling on the ballot. Although we did not get the legislative results we set out at that time, we did connect people from all over Florida with their legislators and began building a network of citizens willing to educate and engage on energy and environmental issues.
We finally have the result we've been working for. Yesterday, Florida voters passed Amendment 9 with 69% approval.
This means that Florida’s territorial waters are now safe from the dangers of offshore drilling. The passage of Amendment 9 is a critical step in the right direction towards a complete ban on drilling in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. By denying the oil and gas industry the right to drill off Florida's coasts, we are saving our beaches from the catastrophic harms associated with an oil spill. We are also setting a statewide precedent on reducing our dependence on non-renewable energy.
We have shown the power of grassroots organizing. Our mission, along with that of many other organizations fighting for the same cause, was entirely powered by people. We mobilized and we won!
If you think about it, have you ever heard of a solar spill? No, but we have all heard about oil spills, especially the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe in 2010.
What you may not know about is the silent oil spill, potentially worse than the Deepwater Horizon, that has been “leaking millions of barrels into the Gulf of Mexico” for the past 14 years.
“Between 300 and 700 barrels of oil per day have been spewing from a site 12 miles off the Louisiana coast since 2004, when an oil-production platform owned by Taylor Energy sank in a mudslide triggered by Hurricane Ivan. Many of the wells have not been capped, and federal officials estimate that the spill could continue through this century. With no fix in sight, the Taylor offshore spill is threatening to overtake BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster as the largest ever.” Read more HERE
The Taylor and BP oil spill show us that the only safe drilling is no drilling at all. This is why we rallied to pass Amendment 9 and on November 6, Florida voters made it happen. We protected our coasts.
The Fight Continues...
Since Florida voters have approved a ban on the exploration for oil & gas in Florida’s territorial waters, we are one step closer to reducing our emissions thus prolonging the environment's healthy lifespan. Even though the odds may seem stacked against us -- sea level rise, the IPCC report, Hurricane Michael, the red tide, blue green algae blooms, etc… -- we have proven that people can and will make a difference.
Climate change wreaks havoc on us all in its own unique way. For some, climate change may make it harder to grow and cultivate crops, for others it might mean high electricity bills. For those living in coastal communities, climate change means sea level rise and increased flooding.
Sea level rise is caused by climate change and a constant threat to Florida, specifically cities like Miami, Tampa, Pensacola, and Jacksonville. For a multi level policy regarding the effects of climate change to be enacted, we must first show how incredibly crucial it is.
A new report released by the Union of Concerned Scientist quantifies the future impact of high-tide flooding -- driven by sea level rise -- on coastal property values, and the results are staggering.
Florida leads the nation in the number of homes—along with property value and tax base —at risk of chronic flooding through the end of the century.
2045 -- If you buy a home today, 2045 is within the lifespan your 30-year mortgage.
64,000 -- The number of homes in Florida that face chronic flooding by the year 2045.
300,000 -- The number of homes nationwide, at risk of chronic flooding by 2045
One Million -- The number of Florida homes that will chronic flooding by 2100.
93% -- The percent of Florida’s at risk homes that could be saved if we meet the Paris Agreement.
- Click here to find out if your area is at risk.
What You Can Do...
Amendment 9 is proof that people power gets things done so let’s take all that energy and focus it towards raising awareness and organizing solutions that work for everyone surrounding climate change driven sea level rise and flooding.
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