Vision. Leadership. Science. It's amazing what we can accomplish when we hold those three values in high regard. But magic alone won't save the Everglades. We also need Political Will.
What is Political Will? It's easy to spot when you see it. A defining element of historical moments, it is what is required when called to stand for something much larger than ourselves. It is the leader who will stand and fight the status quo.
It's been almost two decades since the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) was signed into law and we still don't have the right elements in place to send the water south. While we've made some progress, it hasn't been enough. What we have had enough of are stall tactics, delays, and a kick-the-can-down-the-road mentality that has allowed polluters to keep polluting with impunity. The destructive influence of Big Sugar is deeply embedded in both political parties in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. For us to merely vote along party lines will not break their stranglehold on Florida's government. That means voting for candidates with the political will to stand up to the status quo and force the change we need to save the Everglades and three nationally vital coastal estuaries.
Here we highlight leaders who stand with us in the fight to save the Everglades; who know that enough really is enough, and who demonstrate the Political Will required to change the status quo.
Governor Ron DeSantis has made the Everglades and Florida's waters his top priority.
Just two days after being sworn into office on January 8, 2019, the Governor issued a sweeping Executive Order, outlining his environmental priorities and providing a blueprint for his environmental vision.
This sweeping Executive Order included the establishment of an Office of Resiliency, a Chief Science Officer (a first in the nation) and a blue-green algae task force. The Governor also replaced the entire Governing Board of the SFWMD, a critical first step in removing the enduring influence of Big Sugar in Florida's water management oversight. Read more here.