SIMPLE WAYS TO HELP
Welcome to Team Everglades! Stand up with us and hundreds of thousands of Floridians who are speaking with one voice. We’ve listed below some ways you can get involved and be part of the solutions to help restore America’s Everglades.
Need help? Reach out to us. We’re here to help you make a difference!
Email President Biden and Congress to request record-level federal funding.
In 2000, the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan was signed into law as a 50/50 partnership between the Federal Government and the State of Florida. It has faced hurdles ever since — changes in administrations, inconsistent attention, inadequate funding and Big Sugar. Currently, Florida is ahead of Congress in funding dollars by two to one. That could change this year and you can help!
Tell Your Elected Officials to Send the Water South!
The fight to restore America’s Everglades has been long and tumultuous, but we are finally making good progress with projects like building the EAA Reservoir and bridging the Tamiami Trail. There are efforts to undo this progress, however, and we need YOU to speak up to your elected officials to keep the ball rolling in the right direction. With this form, with one click of a button, you will be letting your State Representative, State Senator, Congressman or Congresswoman, and both U.S. Senators know that you are an Everglades advocate and you expect your priorities to be their priorities.
Demand Equitable Lake O Management from the Army Corps of Engineers.
Water levels in Lake Okeechobee are currently managed under a flawed system that favors two sugar baron families over the drinking water supply for 9 million Floridians, our waterways and America’s Everglades, forcing polluted lake discharges to both coasts every year.
As the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers writes the new Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM), we have a rare opportunity to make our voices heard. Tell the Army Corps to consider the needs of ALL water users in Florida – not just a handful of agricultural corporations – by sending the water south to the Everglades instead of discharging it into our oceans.
Force Big Sugar to Modernize - Email the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture.
Every year during the nine month harvest season, Big Sugar burns hundreds of thousands of acres of sugarcane in the Everglades — a cheap but harmful practice that pollutes the air with fine particulate matter. Residents in the Glades are exposed to raining ash and polluted smoke that has been linked to a health issues ranging from aggravated asthma to cancer.
Big Sugar’s archaic cane burning is a threat to human health and the environment. By law, only Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture can force them to modernize. Send your email now to implore her to force Big Sugar to modernize and stop the sugarcane burning.
OTHER WAYS TO HELP
Write a letter to the Editor
One of the most effective ways to make your voice heard is to write a Letter to the Editor of your newspaper. Politicians aren’t always taking calls as they should, but they do pay attention to the newspapers. When your Letter to the Editor is published, your voice is amplified to hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Floridians. This short video tells you how to write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Visit this page for more letter-writing tips.
Contact the Governor's Office
Call Governor Ron DeSantis and tell him you support his agenda. Best number for him is (850) 717-9337. Speak to a live person, if possible.
Visit often. Ask questions. We’re here to help. Be extremely confident in knowing your advocacy is backed up by overwhelming sound science and research.
Get your family and friends to do all of the above.