Climate Change

Coastal Resilience

Earth's climate is changing. Temperatures are rising, snow and rainfall patterns are shifting, and more extreme climate events – like more powerful hurricanes, heavy rainstorms, and record high temperatures – are already happening. Many of these observed changes are linked to the rising levels of heat-trapping carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (GHGs) in our atmosphere and are caused by human activities. 

Ecosystems are resilient and adaptive, but the climate is changing at a rate that makes it difficult for plant and animal species to keep up. Many species of birds and other animals are being forced out of their habitat ranges and, in the long-term, face extinction. 

What affects our ecosystems also affects our communities. Sea-level rise, hurricanes, and higher air temperatures all have serious consequences for people, their homes, and the economy.

The good news is we have solutions. Audubon Florida is working to reduce the state’s carbon footprint and save taxpayer dollars by improving energy efficiency, helping make our coastal areas more resilient, and inspiring citizens to work with their elected officials to expand renewable energy sources.

  1. Protecting and Restoring Natural Resources: By protecting existing wetlands and green spaces and restoring others, we can have cleaner water and air, preserve homes for birds, protect against sea-level rise and storm surge, sequester carbon, absorb floodwaters, and provide relief in urban heat islands. Find more about natural climate solutions.
  2. Reducing Greenhouse Gases (GHGs): By reducing the heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, we give birds, and ourselves, more time to adapt to the climate impacts already coming down the pipeline and prevent more severe impacts. Audubon recently helped East Florida municipalities tackle Greenhouse Gas inventories.
  3. Increasing Energy Efficiency: By conserving energy and water in our homes, businesses, and communities, we can reduce GHGs emitted by energy production and create savings by lowering energy and water bills. Learn more about solar energy sites. 

Read through our complete climate priorities in the most recent Audubon Florida Conservation Action Agenda

Much of the progress at local levels is driven by individual Floridians. Protect the birds that we love by learning more about our climate advocacy work.

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Make sure the local government response to sea level rise helps Florida's coastal wildlife.

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America’s Bird Species Threatened by Global Warming ‘Gut Punch,’ New Audubon Study Reveals
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America’s Bird Species Threatened by Global Warming ‘Gut Punch,’ New Audubon Study Reveals

Florida’s habitats are projected to be a climate stronghold for the continent’s birds

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Audubon Florida Dispels Solar Site Myths with New Video and Infographic
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Audubon Florida Dispels Solar Site Myths with New Video and Infographic

Solar facilities can be great neighbors.

East Central Florida Bands Together to Develop Carbon Baseline
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East Central Florida Bands Together to Develop Carbon Baseline

Audubon Florida funded and co-facilitated the GHG inventories with the R2C and ICLEI as part of a commitment to strengthening climate resilience.

Natural Climate Solutions
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Natural Climate Solutions

Putting Nature to Work to Build Disaster-resilient Communities.

The Growing Climate Solutions Act will Help Farmers and the Environment
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The Growing Climate Solutions Act will Help Farmers and the Environment

Kate Herrin reflects on how GCSA will impact her Florida Panhandle community.

Fifteen Jurisdictions in Southwest Florida Join the Regional Resiliency Compact
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Fifteen Jurisdictions in Southwest Florida Join the Regional Resiliency Compact

Regional collaboratives are instrumental in both accelerating the state’s resilience work and serving as a conduit for future funds and programs

Lee County Votes to Join the Southwest Florida Regional Resiliency Compact
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Lee County Votes to Join the Southwest Florida Regional Resiliency Compact

Regional collaboratives are instrumental in both accelerating the state’s resilience work and serving as a conduit for future funds and programs.

Climate Roundup
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Climate Roundup

Find links to past e-blasts about climate and energy news.

Naples and Estero Join the Southwest Florida Regional Resiliency Compact
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Naples and Estero Join the Southwest Florida Regional Resiliency Compact

Climate change knows no boundaries; when it comes to resilience, we know that we are stronger when we work together.

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