Amendment 9 Passed

  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.   Continue reading

Climate Action

With the midterm general election happening tomorrow, we are seeing heightened focus on the environment, climate change, and sea level rise as an election issue. --“For climate change, Florida is the ballgame. So says Rafe Pomerance, a man who has worked longer to stave off the threat of global warming than just about anybody. If the national politics on climate change is ever to shift from denial to action — in time to stop the disgorging of carbon dioxide beyond the point of no return — Florida, he says, is the key. Why? Because no other state is under greater immediate threat from the warming planet and rise in sea levels. And no other swing state has so many electoral votes. As Pomerance puts it: “The impacts are extreme and the politics are critical.” “This is the largest purple state in the country,” says Pomerance, currently a consultant for the nonprofit ReThink Energy Florida. If the state takes a new attitude on climate change, the “national impact can be very powerful.””-- Read more here. Continue reading

Could Florence be the East Coast Harvey?

Hurricane Florence image captured on September 10, 2018 from the International Space Station. Image Credit: NASA Batten down the hatches and pile your sandbags, Hurricane Florence has arrived. As you can see from the image above, the sheer size of Florence reminds us of haunting images we saw of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria last year. But why do storms like these keeping popping up? Climate change plays a big part. Essentially, warmer water fuels the intensity of a storm. On average, the ocean’s temperature has risen 0.302 degrees Fahrenheit  since 1969 (NASA). Although that might not seem like a drastic rise, it is. Not only are marine ecosystems impacted by this temperature rise, hurricanes also have more opportunity to gain in strength and size. Continue reading

Let’s Not Miss the Opportunity to Act on Climate Change Again

1979-1989: Thirty Years Ago, We Could Have Saved the Planet Journalist Nathaniel Rich - in a recent groundbreaking article in The New York Times Magazine entitled Thirty Years Ago, We Could Have Saved the Planet - writes that 30 years ago, the United States’ had a significant understanding of global warming science and was poised to take action.  “Nearly everything we understand about global warming was understood in 1979. By that year, data collected since 1957 confirmed what had been known since before the 20th century: Human beings have altered Earth’s atmosphere through the indiscriminate burning of fossil fuels.”    Continue reading

Florida at Risk

Florida Leads National Flood Risk  A new report from 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.     Continue reading

Sea Level Rises, Florida Floods

  The latest article in Gatehouse Media's Rising Seas Series, “Climate researchers estimate sea level rise impacts to Florida”, examines a new analysis by Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The report shows that sea level rise impacts are coming sooner than many Floridians anticipate. Continue reading

The Fate of Florida

Protecting our Interests  With the confirmation hearing of CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s nomination as the next Secretary of State coming up on Thursday, there is a key opportunity to focus on sea level rise-a threat to Florida’s economy and life as we know it in the Sunshine State. The Secretary of State is our lead negotiator and is responsible for protecting our nation’s interests which must include the threat of sea level rise. The fate of Florida falls in the hands of the Secretary of State. Continue reading

Ready or Not, Here Comes the Sunny-Day Flood…

  Rising Seas Opening the Floodgates to Florida A new report, Patterns and Projections of High Tide Flooding Along The U.S. Coastline by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) backs up what other scientists have found – that high-tide flooding will become more frequent, increasingly severe and sooner than we thought. Continue reading

The Military Takes Climate Change Seriously, Shouldn’t We?

How Climate Change Impacts our National Security Sea level rise caused by climate change is encroaching on our coastal military bases, putting our military infrastructure at risk, according to this recent article in the Northwest Florida Daily News. Despite the polarization of the climate change debate, the military has long recognized – and prepared for – climate change as a viable threat. What’s remarkable is that this year, for the first time, the Secretary of Defense is conducting a military-wide climate change/sea level rise threat assessment, as pointed out in the article by Nick Tomecek, which is a part of a Gatehouse Media Special Report entitled “Rising Seas” calling it a “a threat that could change the course of armed service history”. State and federal governments should learn from our military leaders and take action.   Continue reading