*SHUT DOWN THE FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT AND THE PALM BEACH AGGREGATES* A Day of Civil Disobedience For Clean Energy, Restoration and Sustainability in the Everglades
-No More Fossil Fuel or Nuclear Energy
-No More Rock Mining in the Everglades
-No More Sprawling Development & Political Corruption
In the spirit of past movements for justice—anti-colonial, labor, sufferage, civil rights, anti-nuclear—activists around the country will be in South Florida to put their bodies on the line to stop the illegal construction of a giant gas-burning power plant across from the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. Residents have petitioned, met with elected officials from the County to the Federal level, protested, and, finally, filed lawsuits. And still the construction continues. Corporate pay-offs to politicians and environmental groups have stifled all conventional and legal means of opposition; we are taking it to the next level.
The climate crisis facing the planet demands that humanity stop all greenhouse gas emissions and begin restoring damaged ecosystems immediately. International climate scientists have established the goal of, essentially, a 90% reduction of greenhouse gases by 2050; we are still moving in the other direction. In the Everglades, this country’s most famous wetland, there is a popular quote that refers to south Florida’s wetland restoration as a test. “If we pass it, we get to keep the planet”. We are failing. And we are losing the planet as we have known it.
But here in Palm Beach County local activists are joining a global movement to take drastic actions in attempt to avert the worst disasters of human-caused climate change and begin healing what we have done to the earth—for our own survival and for the future of life on this planet.
The Palm Beach County Environmental Coalition, in conjunction with Everglades Earth First!, is inviting people of all ages to join us on February 18, Monday morning, 6:30am at the corner of Northlake Blvd. and Seminole Pratt to caravan to the action site (TBA). For information about action trainings and legal support contact: 561-588-9666