rights of nature

Florida environmentalists seek legal rights for water and wildlife through constitutional amendments

BY: - July 20, 2021

A network of environmentalist underdogs who proved last year they could beat the system at the local level is taking its pro-nature campaign in Florida to voters statewide for 2022. The network, through a political action committee called FL5.org, is petitioning to have five proposed constitutional amendments placed on the 2022 general ballot. Four of […]

COMMENTARY

Ignoring Legislature, Central Florida voters say clean water is a right

BY: - November 12, 2020

Not a lot of people noticed it, but something pretty interesting happened in Florida during last week’s election. No, I don’t mean the fact that the state most vulnerable to climate change somehow decided to cast more votes for the presidential candidate who has claimed climate change is a hoax (a claim lacking any evidence […]

algae bloom

DeSantis signs water-quality bill touted as historic, yet also condemned as polluter-friendly

BY: - June 30, 2020

Over strenuous objections from leading water-quality advocates, Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed into law the “Clean Waterways Act,” adopted in March by the Florida Legislature. During a press conference and bill-signing Tuesday in Juno Beach, DeSantis described the new law as the most significant advance in decades toward reducing the water pollution plaguing Florida waterways. […]