Climate Change

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. 
  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. 
  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. 

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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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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Florida Audubon Society Board Votes to Endorse Amendment 4

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Audubon Florida Releases Bird Habitat Protection Recommendations for Coastal Engineering

Report recommendations will benefit American Oystercatchers and other imperiled shorebirds.

Free PDF: Audubon Florida Naturalist Magazine Spring 2016 - "It's a Baby Issue"
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Free PDF: Audubon Florida Naturalist Magazine Spring 2016 - "It's a Baby Issue"

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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
Fracking in Florida Update: August 2014
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Fracking in Florida Update: August 2014

Last spring, you added your name to Audubon's petition to show the oil and gas industry that Floridians stand united to protect Florida' water resources.

Fracking Petition Arrives at Capitol
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Fracking Petition Arrives at Capitol

Eric Draper, Audubon Florida Executive Director, hand-delivered a copy of the “Stop Fracking in Florida” petition to Rep. Ray Rodrigues (R-Ft. Myers) on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.

Take Action: Stop Fracking in Florida
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Take Action: Stop Fracking in Florida

Add your name to Audubon's petition to protect Florida's water right now.

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