Everglades advocates and members of the Everglades Coalition from around the state joined together in Tallahasee to celebrate the first annual Everglades Action Day!
Last year, the Florida Legislature officially recognized April 7th as Everglades Day to honor the birthday of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, a true champion of Everglades restoration.
The inaugural Everglades Day event included more than fifty supporters from across the state joining together in Tallahassee to meet with state lawmakers and legislative staff about the importance of funding restoration projects. Seven teams of advocates met with Senators and Representatives from their region.
Hundreds of toxic chemicals linked to cancer and other chronic diseases are found in consumer products used every day, including many made specifically for infants and children. Consumers have the right to make informed decisions about the safety of products brought into homes and schools.
This year, Floridais taking action. Check out CWA'sto learn more about the proposed legislation that would give consumers more information about toxic chemicals.
Childhood cancer, infertility, learning and developmental disabilities are rising at alarming rates. Studies consistently show links between toxic chemicals used in everyday consumer products and many of these negative health impacts. We can avoid these chemicals, but we need to be able to make informed decisions about the products we use.
Our rivers, lakes, and canals are contaminated by nutrient overloads from excessive use of pesticides and fertilizers. The resulting algae blooms are an ongoing threat to our public health, economy, and quality of life.
Clean Water Action asks that state policymakers continue to include public health, clean and safe water, and clean energy in the top tier of their 2012 Legislative priorities:
• Protect our Water: CWA calls upon state lawmakers to protect public health and our water quality from point and non-point source pollution. We need to dramatically reduce mercury, phosphorous, and other toxics from our ground and surface waters. Florida must set and enforce numeric nutrient standards to protect our lakes, flowing waters, and estuaries. Investments in water conservation programs should be high priority, as it is less costly to prevent pollution than to clean it up.