Florida reigns as a top tourist destination: our picturesque beaches, national treasures like the Everglades, and miles of navigable rivers and streams attract millions of tourists every year. Our tourism industry relies on our many natural wonders as top economic drivers in the state, meaning protecting the environment is critical to protecting our economy.
When the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred in 2010, tourists didn’t just avoid the regions of Florida where dirty oil polluted the shores, they avoided vacationing on the entire Gulf coast. A study from the Harvard Kennedy School estimates that Florida Gulf coast businesses south of the Panhandle lost a total of 50,000 jobs as a result of economic backlash from the oil spill. Similarly dirty industries, like fracking, would too wreak havoc on our environment, creating irreparable damage to locally owned businesses and communities that rely on a steady stream of tourists.
We need to stand together to ban fracking and instead promote clean, renewable energy to power our state. Join us on March 22nd, as hundreds travel to Tallahassee to urge the Florida Legislature to ban fracking, protect Florida’s clean water, and promote renewable energy. Reclaiming Florida’s Future For All! is a day of environmental education and advocacy, with citizens from across the state converging on the Capitol to demand that their elected officials support legislation that protect Florida’s most precious natural resources.
Hosted by several organizations including ReThink Energy Florida, Food & Water Watch, Sierra Club Florida, Floridians Against Fracking, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Florida Conservation Voters, Progress for All, Urban Paradise Guild, Florida Student Power Network and many others, citizens have the opportunity to participate in the democratic process at little to no cost to them, as long as they register online. Free rides leaving for Tallahassee on both Tuesday evening (March 21st), and early Wednesday (March 22nd) are being coordinated across the state. Registrants arriving on Tuesday will be trained on current environmental legislation and advocacy, followed by a free screening of “Catching the Sun" at the Challenger Learning Center IMAX Theater. Free and low-cost lodging options for that evening are also available.
The main event on Wednesday begins at 10 a.m. with registration at Waller Park. Rally and press conference will kick-off shortly after at 10:30 a.m. Along with lunch, which is also being sponsored, participants can attend mini-training sessions on various environmental topics. The remainder of the day will be dedicated to meeting with Legislators, where citizens will be able to directly interact with their Senators and Representatives to discuss the importance of a fracking ban, the necessary protection of Florida’s clean water, and to promote renewable energy production within the state.
ReThink Energy Florida’s mission is to educate, empower, and engage citizen's to take action for a healthier, more sustainable environment. The most impactful action one can take on our elected officials is to become educated on the pressing issues, and show up at their offices to make your voice heard. Let us help facilitate that interaction. Visit our Facebook event page to stay current on event announcements, and register today on our website to join us in Reclaiming Florida's Future For All!