By burning fossil fuels and releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, humans have significantly contributed to global climate change. Climate change poses serious consequences for our communities, economy, health, environment, and safety, and is the number one threat to birds in North America.
We already know what we need to do to help the birds we love: protect the places birds need now and in the future. And we already have the solutions: energy efficiency, green infrastructure, and renewable energy can give us a world with clean air and water. These solutions create safer, healthier communities, save taxpayer dollars, generate high-paying, steady careers, and protect our natural resources.
In addition to taking personal action at home, we must urge action at local, regional, state, and federal levels to address the root causes of a changing climate. Here are three ways to get engaged:
- Much of the progress at local and regional levels is driven by communities of individual Floridians, advocating for their homes and neighborhoods. Audubon Florida offers training, webinars, and other tools and resources for chapters and members who want to hone their advocacy skills, deepen their climate knowledge and make real gains for climate resilience. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
- To make it easier for Floridians to engage their cities and counties on these issues, Audubon Florida has created a Model Ordinance Toolkit that provides citizens with examples that can be taken to their councils and commissions for adoption.
- Get engaged with our state and federal climate policy work by signing up for The Advocate, Audubon Florida’s newsletter.
Together, we can work to do the right thing to create a better present and build a better future – for the birds we love, for our beautiful natural spaces, and for all Floridians.