2021 Everglades Action Week Challenge! 

In honor of legendary Everglades activist Marjory Stoneman Douglas’ and Everglades Day, please consider writing to the President and your congressional representatives during our virtual action week.

Ask President Biden and your congressional representatives to prioritize investment to restore America’s Everglades!

The Everglades is widely recognized as one of the world’s most unique and spectacular natural wonders, and we all have a compelling interest in protecting and restoring the ecosystem due to its tremendous economic and ecologic value.

                                                 

President Biden’s administration has a unique and historic opportunity to implement a multi-year funding investment that will deliver on clean water, climate resilience, quality jobs, and a strengthened economy in Florida by including $725 million in the Presidential budget request to Congress, totaling $2.9 billion over four years. 

 

During this week celebrating Marjory Stoneman Douglas and America’s Everglades, please consider writing to the President and your congressional representatives to support this historic ask to deliver a clean water future and a restored Everglades.  Below are some talking points you can consider including in your communication, and linked HERE is the Everglades Coalition’s full letter to President Biden and Vice-President Harris for more background.  

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Talking points:

 

  • The health of each region within the Greater Everglades – and with the connected ecosystem as a whole – is essential to the health of our water supply, economy, public health, climate resilience, and quality of life. Over 8 million Floridians rely on the Everglades for our drinking water. Our generation has the opportunity and obligation to restore the River of Grass and ensure a clean water future for Florida. 

  • Investing in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) will not only improve Florida’s environment and water quality, it will also create tens of thousands of quality jobs for Floridians. The end-result of these efforts will also bolster the tourism and fishing economies that support hundreds of thousands of American families as we seek to recover from the impacts of Covid-19.

  • Funding and implementing Everglades restoration projects is one of Florida’s strongest climate mitigation and adaptation strategies. Restoring the Everglades will help protect our municipal water supplies from saltwater intrusion, strengthen our shorelines to protect inland communities from more frequent and intense storms, and help sequester tremendous amounts of carbon through restoration of mangrove and seagrass habitat.

  • Supporting Everglades restoration is a unifying issue. Florida’s bipartisan congressional delegation has been allied in seeking higher levels of CERP funding for many years because our leaders know that Floridians will always rally around clean water – the cornerstone of our environment, economy, and quality of life. 

  • Including $725 million in the Presidential budget request to Congress over the next four years will help keep all the currently authorized restoration projects on track, and lead us to our shared goal of restoring the Everglades.

See you in Tallahassee next year!