Yesterday, March 22nd, constituents from across the state gathered at the Capitol to make their voices heard. People arrived in buses, vans, and carpools to stand together for a statewide fracking ban and instead promote clean, renewable energy to power our state.
Participants joined in a morning rally with several speakers including, State Senator Dana Young, State Senator Jack Latvala, State Senator Gary Farmer, State Representative Heather Fitzenhagen, Dr. Burt Eno, President of the Rainbow River Conservation, Inc., Clifford Mitchem with CREW-Clean Renewable Energy Worldwide, and even Claire Encinosa, a fifth-grader from Cornerstone Learning Community. The call to action was clear, protecting our environment is a non-partisan issue that requires immediate action!
The rally was followed by a delicious lunch where participants were able to learn about the Sabal Trail Pipeline, as well as be entertained by the Raging Grannies. Throughout the day, constituents had the opportunity to speak with their elected officials about clean energy and environmental policies currently moving through the Legislature. Showing up and educating Legislators and their staff about these important issues is what advocacy is all about.
Reclaiming Florida’s Future was made possible by YOU and some key 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. Thank you from all of us at ReThink Energy Florida for joining us in support of our mission and helping to people-power our movement!
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Crowd gathered during the rally. Photo Credit: Pete Gonzalez
Senator Gary Farmer, co-sponsor of SB 442, speaking during the rally. Photo Credit: Florida Conservation Voters
Representative Heather Fitzenhagen, co-sponsor of HB 451, speaking during the rally. Photo Credit: Florida Conservation Voters
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Clifford Mitchem with CREW-Clean Renewable Energy Worldwide speaking during the rally. Photo Credit: Florida Conservation Voters
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Kim Ross, President of ReThink Energy Florida, speaking during the rally. Photo Credit: Florida Conservation Voters
Photo Credit: Kim Porteous
Senator Dana Young, sponsor of SB 442, speaking during the rally. Photo Credit: Florida Conservation Voters
Fifth grade students from Cornerstone Learning Community with Senator Gary Farmer. Photo Credit: Environment Florida
Senator Jack Latvala, co-sponsor of SB 442, speaking during the rally. Photo Credit: Florida Conservation Voters
Photo Credit: Alaina Marshall
Dr. Lynn Ringenberg with Physicians for Social Responsibility interacts with the students from Cornerstone Learning Community. Photo Credit: Environment Florida
From left to right: Aliki Moncrief (Florida Conservation Voters), Michelle Allen (Food & Water Watch), Jennifer Rubiello (Environment Florida), and Senator Dana Young. Photo Credit: Environment Florida
Emmett Carlisle singing "Don't Frack Florida"
Claire Encinosa, 5th grader at Cornerstone Learning Community, tells us why she wants a statewide ban on fracking. Photo Credit: Florida Conservation Voters
Photo Credit: Alaina Marshall
Some of Reclaiming Florida's Future's organizers. Photo Credit: Environment Florida
Inside the Capitol. Photo Credit: Clifford Mitchem
Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith, co-sponsor of HB 451, is greeted by a group of environmentally enthusiastic constituents. Photo Credit: Alaina Marshall
Constituents thank Senator Keith Perry for co-sponsoring SB 442, and encourage him to support other environmental initiatives this legislative session. Photo Credit: Cara Fleischer
Senator Randolph Bracy, co-sponsor of SB 442, meeting with constituents. Photo Credit: Alaina Marshall
Photo Credit: Urban Paradise Guild
ReThink Energy Florida's Adriana Silva, presenting on the Sabal Trail Pipeline over lunch. Photo Credit: Kim Porteous
The Raging Grannies giving a one-of-a-kind performance over lunch. Photo Credit: Diana Umpierre
Photo Credit: Florida Conservation Voters