Some in Tallahassee have been convinced by Florida’s sugar barons that our fight is about sugarcane, but the barons are intentionally wrong. The fight is about water and fairness.
The public, including the Everglades, need clean and ample water to survive. For too long, the water for South Florida has been managed to accommodate the sugar industry, with devastating economic and environmental consequences.
Making matters worse is the inherent unfairness to the taxpayers of Florida who have been forced to pay the vast majority of the costs to clean up the sugar industry’s pollution. Keep in mind, these corporate sugar growers use the federal sugar subsidy program to further protect and enrich themselves – again, off the backs of the American taxpayer and consumer.
Our work is, and has always been, about changing these paradigms.
For those who would like to understand this better, we have a recommendation for you today. Pick up a copy of Amy Green’s new book, Moving Water: The Everglades and Big Sugar.
Tampa Bay Times editorial writer Bill Maxwell: "Journalist Amy Green unfurls the intricately threaded story of Mary and George Barley, showing how they used science and the law to help create the movement to restore the endangered Florida Everglades. Green’s clarity and deft research make the couple's public service vivid and memorable. Tracing the battle to make Big Sugar and others pay their fair share to clean up the pollution they are responsible for in the Everglades, this book is a must-read.”
Understanding the problems, environmental and political, and the solutions is so important when it comes to tackling a thorny beast like the sugar industry.
As we move the ball down the proverbial field, we ask you to stick with us!
Hear from Mary Barley, founding director for the Everglades Foundation; Elizabeth Jolin, captain and board member of Florida Bay Forever; and Chloe Vorseth, ForEverglades Fellow for the Everglades Foundation. Jill Miranda Baker, Keys History & Discovery Center executive director, will moderate the discussion. The lecture is free for members and $5 for non-members. Advance registration is required at www.keyslectures.com/lectures.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
This week's guest is NPR reporter Amy Green, author of "Moving Water: The Everglades and Big Sugar." Amy pulls no punches as her new book exposes how Florida’s clean water is threatened by dirty power players. This is an honest look at a few of the people who have given their time, their treasure and, some, their lives to ensure the survival of one of the most precious and important ecosystems on Earth.
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