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Power of Grassroots to Influence Growth Decision Makers

Celeste De Palma, Audubon Florida

Power of Grassroots to Influence Growth Decision Makers

Stuart, Florida – Jan 12,2018 -Elliott Amphitheater 1:30pm Growth is a constant and compounding stressor related to most issues affecting the Everglades. Growth paves over or needed to restore the Everglades. It increases the negative impacts of sea level rise, flooding, limited water resources, and loss of conservation land, wildlife habitats and corridors.

Whether challenging growth within or at the edges of the remaining Everglades or introducing citizen-driven local initiatives to conserve land and water resources, the voices of citizens have proven a powerful force in defeating incompatible development and supporting responsible alternatives compatible with restoration goals. Opportunities and challenges for grassroots engagement within current growth laws will be discussed. Moderator: Scott Zucker, Audubon Society of the Everglades

Panelists: Emily Bonilla, Orange County Commissioner and Save Orange County; Celeste De Palma, Audubon Florida; Richard Grosso, Nova Southeastern University; Laura Reynolds, Friends of the Everglades; Holly Schwartz, former Lee County Assistant City Manager and Environmental Policy Management Director

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