In November 2018, Florida voters approved Amendment 4, the Voting Restoration Amendment. The amended Constitution restores the voting rights of Floridians with felony convictions, excluding murder or sexual offenses, after they complete all terms of their sentence including parole or probation.
As of January 8, 2019, Amendment 4 goes into effect. If you or someone you know is planning to register to vote, please review the helpful information provided by the ACLU of Florida here.
The City of Miami Beach recently passed an ordinance that prohibits single-use plastic beverage straws and stirrers on the City’s beaches, streets, parks, sidewalk cafes, docks, marinas, waterways and other public places as well as banning single- use plastic bags from being distributed by sidewalk cafes.
“Plastic straws and bags are the most commonly found litter item on our urban island — taking hundreds of years to degrade,” noted Director of Environmental and Sustainability Elizabeth Wheaton. “They also pose a significant threat to our natural wildlife, as well as our drainage system. By prohibiting these disposable food service articles, the City hopes to significantly reduce the amount of litter and pollutants on land and in the water for years to come.”
Learn more about #plasticfreemb here.
Dear Governor-Elect DeSantis:
Climate change is an existential threat to Florida. Residents and tourists are seeing the effects that warmer water and increased rainfall have on our state – the unprecedented harmful algae blooms and red tide outbreaks of the past year have devastated local economies. Meteorologists were astonished as they watched Michael – a tropical storm – grow into a major hurricane in just two days. While climate change does not cause these problems, it makes them worse because both hurricanes and algae are fueled by warmer water.
The images of green slime coating our waterways and dead animals washing up on our beaches have tarnished Florida’s international reputation. The economic and ecological consequences of this year’s harmful toxic algae blooms and hurricane activity will be long-lasting.
As Florida’s next Governor, you must take meaningful action to protect our state. Otherwise, climate change-related disasters like these will become a recurring problem on our coasts. The people of Florida demand better leadership, and smarter management of our natural resources.
There is no time to lose; upon assuming the Office of the Governor we urge you to:
- Acknowledge climate change as the serious threat that it is and foster a transition to clean renewable energy sources that reduce Florida’s dependence on fossil fuels.
- Implement meaningful monitoring, protection, and preservation of our waterways. Appoint scientists – not industry insiders – to water protection boards. Preserve, protect, and increase wetlands, which serve as a natural buffer for storms, and a filter to improve water quality.
- Make polluters pay to clean up their own mess.
- Create a Florida Future Fund to support resilent infrastructure investments, and to protect those who are the most vulnerable.
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently published a report warning that action is required within the next 12 years in order to prevent total chaos. We need real leadership and action in the Capitol. You have the potential to correct course and make Florida a clean energy leader, and to create a legacy as the Governor who saved our state. We are watching you and waiting.
READ THE FULL LETTER AND SIGN YOUR SUPPORT HERE
SIGN SOUTH FLORIDA WILDLANDS PETITION TO SAVE
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a draft Environmental Impact Statement which approves 45,000 acres of dense suburban development and limestone mines in addition to hundreds of miles of new or widened roads in some of the most important habitat which remains for the endangered Florida Panther.
Many other consequences will follow from this plan – light pollution, environmental release of heavy metals and other chemicals from road runoff, spread of invasive plants, degradation of area wetlands through depletion of groundwater resources and paving over of aquifer recharge areas, genetic isolation of vulnerable plant and wildlife communities, and a great increase in contact between wildlife and people.
On Monday, October 29th, 350 South Florida and the Sierra Club hosted a rally at the Wilkes D. Ferguson courthouse in solidarity with YouthvGov – 21 young people suing the President and Federal Government, with the support of Our Children’s Trust, to defend the rights of youth and future generations. We all have the same rights to life, liberty, and property — but these rights depend on a safe climate.
The trial was set October 29, 2018 in Eugene, Oregon, but the Trump administration continues to interfere. Please support and follow this trial here.
Miami Climate Alliance is thrilled to be on the host committee for the upcoming 100 Great Ideas campaign on Climate Resilience and Sustainability! Join the 100 Great Ideas Facebook group now and get ready to post your ideas on how to build a more climate resilient and sustainable community starting November 12th, 2018!
100 Great Ideas campaigns are Facebook-based conversations where everyone is invited to share their opinion about the best way to solve a pressing community issue – and campaign #5 is focused on climate resilience and sustainability. For five days starting November 12th, 2018, everyone in South Florida is invited to join the Facebook group and post ideas, questions, articles, etc. responding to the question “What are the best ways to build a more climate resilient and sustainable south Florida?” Campaigns are solution-oriented, generative and collaborative – and you can participate from anywhere.
EARLY VOTING HAS STARTED!
Look at your personalized ballot guide here.
Excerpted from an article in the American Society of Adaptation Professionals written by Zelalem Adefris, Resilience Director at Catalyst Miami
You could say that Miami, Florida, is ground zero for climate change. As the American city most vulnerable to sea-level rise, Miami faces existential threats from flooding, storm surge and saltwater intrusion in the city’s drinking water. And growing inequity places Miami’s low-income and marginalized communities at extraordinary risk from climate impacts.
But—thanks to the Miami Climate Alliance, a coalition of citizens’ groups–this coastal city could also be at the forefront of equitable climate adaptation.
Read the full article here.
Florida is at a tipping point with regards to climate change impacts, yet as a state it still has not done enough to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The Florida Climate Pledge is to help Floridians connect the dots between what they care about and how it’s tied to climate change. From our economy to our health, to biodiversity, to our national security, we are already feeling the effects of climate change and it will only get worse. TAKE THE PLEDGE HERE.
On September 29th, the residents of Liberty City met at the Housing Community Land Trust Housing Design Town Hall at the Miami Workers Center. They got the opportunity to design their own housing, and also to hear about the design options that SMASH has been working on. For a full summary of the meeting, including the agenda, minutes, pictures and presentation, please go to this link.
If you want to get involved, there’s still time! Please go to the subsite for the Liberty City Committee on Slum and Gentrification and consult the calendar.