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Current Conservation Issues

  • Everglades Restoration
    Check out an OpEd written by our Conservation Chair, Drew Martin, for the Sun-Sentinel on Everglades Restoration. Click Here.

  • Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact
    a unique and collaborative effort among Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe Counties, their municipalities and partners, developed this plan which calls for: “CONCERTED ACTION IN REDUCING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS AND ADAPTING TO REGIONAL AND LOCAL IMPACTS OF A CHANGING CLIMATE” Click to learn more.
  • Waste Minimization
    Plastic bags and other platic-based products end up in our landfills forever. Click here to read more and learn about Sierra Club's waste minimization efforts.
  • Want to become more energy efficient? Click here for a guide to energy efficiency for South Floridians.
  • Wind Power in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA)
    There is a proposal to put 120 wind turbines in the EAA between Lake Okeechobee and the Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge.While the Sierra Club Loxahatchee Group applauds efforts towards renewable energy, we have concerns about the impact of the siting of these wind turbines on birds and bats. Take Action: we have no recommended actions at this time; check back as plans for the wind farm progress. Click here to read more.
  • The Battle for Briger Forest
    The Briger Forest is 683 acres of pine flatwoods, saw palmetto scrub, and wetlands that is home to endangered and threatened species. The area is slated for devlopment. Click here to read the full story.
  • Take Action Against Longline Fishing
    According to the Pew Environment Group: "Surface longline fishing in the Gulf of Mexico uses lines averaging 25 miles in length and set with hundreds of baited hooks. These hooks catch other maine animals besides the intended yellowfin tuna and swordfish. Yet longline fisherman keep less than half of the fish for commercial sale, discarding unwanted and undersize fish. Many of these die... A full closure to surface longlining in the Gulf of Mexico -- the only known spawning ground for Western Atlantic bluefin -- will protect both spawning bluefin and other marine animals." For more information or to take action against longline fishing in the Gulf of Mexico visit www.pewenvironment.org/gulftuna.

 

Saving the earth is our priority. Here in Southeast Florida we are at the forefront of critical issues like wetlands preservation. We occasionally ask our members to join in letter-writing or calling campaigns for particular conservation initiatives - please do what you can to help!

Our conservation committee needs members passionate about saving our environment and interested in learning how to become environmental activists.
If you are interested in taking on a more active role in our conservation program, please contact Conservation Chair, Drew Martin, 561/533-6814, dmandch@aol.com. The conservation committee meets the first Wednesday of every month at 6:00pm at Total Wine in Boynton Beach.

Please also visit our News section and sign up for the FORUM to learn more about meetings and informational sessions, and browse our Newsletter for conservation updates!

Sierra Club Loxahatchee Group
PO Box 6271
Lake Worth, FL 33466-6271

Last Updated: August 5, 2013
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