Grassroots Activism Award

Grassroots Activism Award is awarded each year to someone who does exceptional work to engage and educate the community in the name of Everglades restoration. First established to acknowledge the efforts of John Kabler, he gathered thousands of signatures, organized rallies, and knocked on doors across the community to oppose government plans to dump contaminated wastewater from the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident into the Susquehanna River. He monitored legislatures and published voting charts to track support for environmental bills and was one of the first environmental leaders to form alliances with organized labor. He played a crucial role in pushing politicians to protect the Chesapeake Bay watershed before joining Clean Water Action in Dade County, where he became involved in Everglades issues. After meeting George Barley and other conservation leaders in South Florida, John set to work defending the Clean Water Act and advancing restoration. Outstanding community organizers are honored by the Everglades Coalition still today.

Award Recipients:

2020 Diana Umpierre

2019 Stephen Davis, Ph.D.

2018 Betty Osceola 

2017 Gayle Ryan

2017 Dr. Karen Dwyer 

2016 Cris Costello

2015 Jaqui Thurlow-Lippisch

2014 Cynthia Plockelman

2013 Margaret England

2012 Drew Martin

2011 Mark Oncavage

2010 John Cassani

2009 Paul Holmes

2008 Cynthia Guerra, Ellen Peterson

2007 Nancy Lee

2006 Herb Zebuth

2005 Nancy Anne Payton

2004 Dr. Paul Gray

2003 Alan Farago

2002 Cissy Durando

2001 Juanita Greene

2000 Don Chinquina

1999 Rod Tirrell