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.

Florida Climate Change Advocacy
Get Involved

Florida Climate Change Messenger

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

Read more

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

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

Read more

News & Updates

Audubon Florida Launches Climate Entrepreneurs Panel Series
Climate

Audubon Florida Launches Climate Entrepreneurs Panel Series

Florida entrepreneurs to discuss ways how they are rising to the challenge on July 26.

Critical Emissions Baselines Will Help Tackle Climate Change in Tampa Bay Region
Climate

Critical Emissions Baselines Will Help Tackle Climate Change in Tampa Bay Region

Partnership included ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, Pinellas County UF/IFAS Extension, and the University of South Florida.

Thomas J. Brown
Climate

Thomas J. Brown

Finding Natural Engineering Solutions That Can Help Bridge the Gap.

Dr. Sastry Pamidi
Climate

Dr. Sastry Pamidi

FAMU-FSU Engineering Superconductor Tech Drives Energy Storage and Efficiency.

Rick Meeker
Climate

Rick Meeker

Startup Founder Leads Transformation to a Cleaner Power and Energy System.

Syd Kitson
Climate

Syd Kitson

The Hometown of Tomorrow, Today in Florida.

Alex Pressier
Climate

Alex Pressier

Native Floridian Combines Expert Mitigation Skills and Environmental Passion.

Larry Beggs
Climate

Larry Beggs

Fifth Generation Floridian Champions Reef to Land Protection.

Edwin Perkins
Climate

Edwin Perkins

Florida Native Proving Sun is State’s Greatest Resource.

Husein Cumber
Climate

Husein Cumber

The Future of High-Speed Rail in Florida, Creating Jobs While Reducing Emissions.

How you can help, right now