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Everglades Coalition

Grassroots Activism Award

The 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.

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Award Recipients

2023     Tropical Audubon Society Staff

2022     Rev. Houston Cypress

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 

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