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Media Advisory: Hurricane Ian

Media Advisory: Hurricane Ian

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 28, 2022 Contact: Krizia López Arce, Chispa Florida | 407-509-0860 | [email protected]   **MEDIA ADVISORY**   Kissimmee, FL– As a climate and racial justice organizing program, Chispa Florida recognizes, the drastic forces of climate change cause widespread harm and displacement of communities. Our Latino community in Florida knows and understands the harmful effects of climate change because, unfortunately, part of them are here after a climate change tragedy in their country,

Dear Florida: I Love Split Oak Forest

Dear Florida: I Love Split Oak Forest

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By Susana RestrepoKissimmee, FL I invite you to take a walk through the paths of Split Oak forest where you breathe clean air and enjoy the smell of wild plants and flowers. You can listen to the song of the birds and you can feel all those dreamlike sensations that only nature can give you. As the sun sets on your face you can see the gopher tortoises come out of their burrows, hiding behind

Media Advisory: How You Can Help Puerto Rico in the Wake of Hurricane Fiona

Media Advisory: How You Can Help Puerto Rico in the Wake of Hurricane Fiona

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For Immediate Release: Sept. 20, 2022 Contact: Krizia López Arce [email protected] La Mesa Boricua de Florida, Chispa Florida and Del Ambiente presented a list of community-based organizations in Puerto Rico for donations. Orlando, FL-– Today, it’s a sad day for all Puerto Ricans. Today we remember the 3,000 lives lost during the aftermath of Hurricane María. Still healing from the devastation of Hurricane Maria five years ago, most residents woke up today without power and
Hispanic Heritage Month: Why it Matters

Hispanic Heritage Month: Why it Matters

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Throughout our country’s history, Latinos and Hispanics have contributed to our land and to our quality of life. Latinos like Eugenio Maria de Hostos, Cesar Chavez, and Dolores Huerta ignited our civil rights movement promoting freedom and equality to Latinos not only here on the mainland but also around the world. Here in Florida, in 1822, Joseph Marion Hernandez was elected as the first Latino in history to serve as a representative in the U.S.
Statement of the Chispa Florida Organizing Program, regarding Governor DeSantis, chartered private planes to drop migrants at Martha’s Vineyard

Statement of the Chispa Florida Organizing Program, regarding Governor DeSantis, chartered private planes to drop migrants at Martha’s Vineyard

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 15, 2022 Contact: Krizia López Arce, Chispa Florida | 407-509-0860 | [email protected] Statement of the Chispa Florida Organizing Program, regarding Governor DeSantis, chartered private planes to drop migrants at Martha’s Vineyard Kissimmee, FL– As a climate and racial justice organizing program, Chispa Florida recognizes that people migrate under different circumstances, and all too often, the drastic forces of climate change cause widespread harm and displacement of communities. Regardless of status, all

Celebrating conservation victories up and down the ballot!

Celebrating conservation victories up and down the ballot!

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Last night was a big election night in Florida. Primaries and local government races were on the ballot across the state, and Conservation Voters have much to be proud of.  Thanks to your help and support, we are proud to announce the following significant wins for our FCV-endorsed candidates: Congressman Charlie Crist: Democratic Nominee for Governor Sarah Henry: Democratic Nominee for FL House District 38 Rep. Michele Rayner: Democratic Nominee for FL House District 62
FCV Statement on President Biden signing the Inflation Reduction Act into law

FCV Statement on President Biden signing the Inflation Reduction Act into law

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Tallahassee, FL (August 18, 2022) – In response to President Biden signing the Inflation Reduction Act into law, Florida Conservation Voters (FCV) issued the following statement from Executive Director Aliki Moncrief.  “Earlier this week, President Biden signed into law the most significant piece of climate legislation in our nation’s history. The Inflation Reduction Act is essential in strengthening our ability to combat climate change and transition our communities from dirty fossil fuels to clean, renewable

Blue-Green Algae: From our plates to our poop

Blue-Green Algae: From our plates to our poop

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It’s summertime in Florida, and just because the kids are going back to school, it doesn’t mean we can’t continue to enjoy our beautiful beaches, backyard barbecues, and time spent with family. Unfortunately, along with these summertime staples, Blue-Green algae has also been rearing its ugly head. From Lake Okeechobee to our coastal estuaries, the disgusting algae suffocate marine life, hinder aquaculture, and damage our blue (water and ocean-based) economy.  While Blue-Green and other algal
Governor DeSantis has Blue-Green Algae on his hands!

Governor DeSantis has Blue-Green Algae on his hands!

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Clean water is the backbone of our economy. Our sandy beaches, iconic marine, coastal wildlife, and glistening waterways have attracted hundreds of millions of tourists and new residents for over a century. But in recent years, our prized waterways have turned into a sludge factory, bringing death and destruction.  For decades, lawmakers have allowed pollution from agricultural runoff, dirty stormwater, leaking septic tanks, wastewater spills, and unfettered development to destroy our beaches, springs, rivers, lakes,
Seagrasses Need Healthy Water

Seagrasses Need Healthy Water

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Seagrasses have been called many things: underwater meadows, the nurseries of the sea, and canaries in the coal mine. All of those are apt descriptions for one of Florida’s most important habitats.  Seagrasses are underwater plants that grow in sediment. In Florida, there are seven species of seagrass, and they generally grow in shallow coastal areas and estuaries (places where freshwater from rivers mix with saltwater from the sea). Some species of seagrass are more

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Media Advisory: Hurricane Ian

Media Advisory: Hurricane Ian

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 28, 2022 Contact: Krizia López Arce, Chispa Florida | 407-509-0860 | [email protected]   **MEDIA ADVISORY**   Kissimmee, FL– As a climate and racial justice organizing program, Chispa Florida recognizes, the drastic forces of climate change cause widespread harm and displacement of communities. Our Latino community in Florida knows and understands the harmful effects of climate change because, unfortunately, part of them are here after a climate change tragedy in their country, and now they also need to battle Hurricane Ian here in Florida.  Today, Hurricane Ian remains a high-end Category 4, producing maximum sustained winds up

Dear Florida: I Love Split Oak Forest

Dear Florida: I Love Split Oak Forest

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By Susana RestrepoKissimmee, FL I invite you to take a walk through the paths of Split Oak forest where you breathe clean air and enjoy the smell of wild plants and flowers. You can listen to the song of the birds and you can feel all those dreamlike sensations that only nature can give you. As the sun sets on your face you can see the gopher tortoises come out of their burrows, hiding behind huge green leafy plants and turkey oak trees. Come take a walk through Split Oak Forest come and enjoy it with your family. Split Oak’s

Media Advisory: How You Can Help Puerto Rico in the Wake of Hurricane Fiona

Media Advisory: How You Can Help Puerto Rico in the Wake of Hurricane Fiona

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For Immediate Release: Sept. 20, 2022 Contact: Krizia López Arce [email protected] La Mesa Boricua de Florida, Chispa Florida and Del Ambiente presented a list of community-based organizations in Puerto Rico for donations. Orlando, FL-– Today, it’s a sad day for all Puerto Ricans. Today we remember the 3,000 lives lost during the aftermath of Hurricane María. Still healing from the devastation of Hurricane Maria five years ago, most residents woke up today without power and water service amid Hurricane Fiona's impact. How can we help Hurricane Fiona victims right now? The fastest way is to send money. “I lived through
Hispanic Heritage Month: Why it Matters

Hispanic Heritage Month: Why it Matters

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Throughout our country’s history, Latinos and Hispanics have contributed to our land and to our quality of life. Latinos like Eugenio Maria de Hostos, Cesar Chavez, and Dolores Huerta ignited our civil rights movement promoting freedom and equality to Latinos not only here on the mainland but also around the world. Here in Florida, in 1822, Joseph Marion Hernandez was elected as the first Latino in history to serve as a representative in the U.S. Congress. The Latino community has always been present and working hard to improve our lives and the lives of others.  However, our community has been
Statement of the Chispa Florida Organizing Program, regarding Governor DeSantis, chartered private planes to drop migrants at Martha’s Vineyard

Statement of the Chispa Florida Organizing Program, regarding Governor DeSantis, chartered private planes to drop migrants at Martha’s Vineyard

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 15, 2022 Contact: Krizia López Arce, Chispa Florida | 407-509-0860 | [email protected] Statement of the Chispa Florida Organizing Program, regarding Governor DeSantis, chartered private planes to drop migrants at Martha’s Vineyard Kissimmee, FL– As a climate and racial justice organizing program, Chispa Florida recognizes that people migrate under different circumstances, and all too often, the drastic forces of climate change cause widespread harm and displacement of communities. Regardless of status, all people deserve the right to a safe and stable home for themselves and their families. ​​It is already traumatic enough to leave your country and

Celebrating conservation victories up and down the ballot!

Celebrating conservation victories up and down the ballot!

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Last night was a big election night in Florida. Primaries and local government races were on the ballot across the state, and Conservation Voters have much to be proud of.  Thanks to your help and support, we are proud to announce the following significant wins for our FCV-endorsed candidates: Congressman Charlie Crist: Democratic Nominee for Governor Sarah Henry: Democratic Nominee for FL House District 38 Rep. Michele Rayner: Democratic Nominee for FL House District 62 Rep. Angie Nixon: Democratic Nominee for FL House District 13 Commissioner Jeremy Matlow: Tallahassee City Commission Seat 3* *Jeremy Matlow won this seat outright and
FCV Statement on President Biden signing the Inflation Reduction Act into law

FCV Statement on President Biden signing the Inflation Reduction Act into law

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Tallahassee, FL (August 18, 2022) – In response to President Biden signing the Inflation Reduction Act into law, Florida Conservation Voters (FCV) issued the following statement from Executive Director Aliki Moncrief.  “Earlier this week, President Biden signed into law the most significant piece of climate legislation in our nation’s history. The Inflation Reduction Act is essential in strengthening our ability to combat climate change and transition our communities from dirty fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy. This bill is critical for Florida’s communities, considering the massive failure of Governor Ron DeSantis and his allies in legislative leadership to address the

Blue-Green Algae: From our plates to our poop

Blue-Green Algae: From our plates to our poop

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It’s summertime in Florida, and just because the kids are going back to school, it doesn’t mean we can’t continue to enjoy our beautiful beaches, backyard barbecues, and time spent with family. Unfortunately, along with these summertime staples, Blue-Green algae has also been rearing its ugly head. From Lake Okeechobee to our coastal estuaries, the disgusting algae suffocate marine life, hinder aquaculture, and damage our blue (water and ocean-based) economy.  While Blue-Green and other algal blooms may be present year-round, they often become worse in the summer. Why is that? First and most importantly, our summer rain storms wash more
Governor DeSantis has Blue-Green Algae on his hands!

Governor DeSantis has Blue-Green Algae on his hands!

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Clean water is the backbone of our economy. Our sandy beaches, iconic marine, coastal wildlife, and glistening waterways have attracted hundreds of millions of tourists and new residents for over a century. But in recent years, our prized waterways have turned into a sludge factory, bringing death and destruction.  For decades, lawmakers have allowed pollution from agricultural runoff, dirty stormwater, leaking septic tanks, wastewater spills, and unfettered development to destroy our beaches, springs, rivers, lakes, and streams.  In his first week in office, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order #19-12, establishing the Blue-Green Algae Task Force. The Governor charged this Task
Seagrasses Need Healthy Water

Seagrasses Need Healthy Water

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Seagrasses have been called many things: underwater meadows, the nurseries of the sea, and canaries in the coal mine. All of those are apt descriptions for one of Florida’s most important habitats.  Seagrasses are underwater plants that grow in sediment. In Florida, there are seven species of seagrass, and they generally grow in shallow coastal areas and estuaries (places where freshwater from rivers mix with saltwater from the sea). Some species of seagrass are more dominant than others. The depths at which they grow depend on how clear the water is since seagrasses require light for photosynthesis. In areas where

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