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Earth Month is Poetry Month: Haiku Winners and Submissions

This April 2022 we celebrated Earth Month alongside National Poetry Month. Throughout the month, we accepted haiku submissions related to Florida nature. Winners and submissions can be seen below. Haikus are image-based poems that contain seventeen total syllables written in lines of five (5) seven (7), and again five (5) Top Four Winners  Esperanza by

FCT Board Caves to Developers and Toll Roads

On Wednesday, April 20, the Florida Communities Trust Governing Board broke its promise to the people of Florida and set a dangerous precedent for conservation. It unanimously voted to move forward with a controversial proposal to allow for the construction of a linear facility (aka toll road) through a treasured

Split Oak: A Case of Poor Management

ORLANDO, Fl – When governments propose actions that involve sabotaging past public investments, the phrase that comes to mind is clear: mismanagement. And this is the clear case with the Split Oak Forest Wildlife and Environmental Area, a 1,689 forest created in 1994 when Orange County, Osceola County, and the

Panorama view of footbridge to the Smathers beach at sunrise

Florida’s Opportunity to Lead on Climate is Running Out

Despite Floridians experiencing the increasing harm caused by the climate crisis and environmental injustice for decades, we continue to see inaction from our lawmakers. Recent events demand action.  Over the past several months, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a series of three reports highlighting the actual

Historic Confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court

Join us in celebration of the confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson! Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s exceptional legal career and record as a judge demonstrate, without any doubt, that she is highly qualified and committed to fairness, impartiality, and equal justice. For too long, wealthy and powerful special interests have rigged

Revitalizing American Democracy

“The vote is precious. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democratic society, and we must use it.” John Lewis   Congress enacted the Voting Rights Act in 1965 to ensure that state and local governments do not deny American citizens the equal right to vote based

Dire report on water quality in Florida lakes

Be honest–if not for the fear of alligators, would you willingly swim in a lake in Florida? If the answer is yes, you may want to reconsider according to a recent study. Using data analyzed from the US Environmental Protection Agency, the study found that Florida’s lakes rank #1 nationally

Stop Family Separation in Florida

The climate crisis is getting worse across the globe. As many communities in Florida can attest, climate change harms air and water quality, causes a greater number of hazardous heat days and wildfires, and results in more frequent and more damaging flooding due to rising sea levels. However, one major