Sick of Sewage in Florida
Our Children's Earth Foundation has a long history of advocacy related to protecting people and ecosystems from one of the more disgusting realities of modern life: sewage pollution. We've brought lawsuits and worked with cities throughout the United States to ensure that aging, leaky, and otherwise inadequate sewage infrastructure is updated, and that impacted residents have a voice in developing solutions. Spills and overflows of raw and partially-treated sewage occur regularly in metropolitan areas, and the worst instances result in massive die-offs of fish, birds, and other animals that rely on nearby waters. We are currently involved in a regional effort in Florida's Tampa Bay area to address sewage system failures that have garnered national and international headlines since mid-2016, when hundreds of millions of gallons of raw and partially treated sewage were discharged to Tampa Bay, Boca Ciega Bay, and other waters adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico.
Tampa Bay Times, 12.5.2016: Environmental groups sue St. Petersburg over sewage mess
Tampa Bay Times, 9.9.2016: While St. Petersburg waits for sewage details, health risks emerge
New York Times, 9.16.2016: Sewage Overflow Again Fouls Tampa Bay After Storm
The Economist, 10.22.2016: A View from the Bridge: It will take more than just money to get America moving
KQED | QUEST, 5.26.2009: Wastewater Woes: Sewage Spills in SF Bay
Nature is special.
The latest in our series of short interviews with cute kids talking about ecological issues. Children tend to understand the fundamentals of what we need to do to protect the environment. Because so much of what we need to do is common sense: treat animals with respect and empathy, waste not, keep learning, try to live in harmony with natural resources and systems. Above all, we must continue to work toward healthy air, water, and ecosystems so that future generations have the chance to thrive in an ever-changing world. As Chester notes, "we have to, we have no choice."
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We spent October 1 at the Right Whale Festival in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, chatting with kids and parents, and making hundreds of gyotaku-inspired fish prints.
The Right Whale Festival raises local awareness for the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale (E. glacialis), so-named because it was deemed to be the "right" whale to hunt during the height of the whaling industry, because its docile and curious nature made it easy to kill. Sadly, Right Whales were hunted nearly to extinction, and remain in peril.
Check out the coverage of the event via Channel 4 News at: http://www.news4jax.com/news/florida/duval-county/jacksonville-beach/festival-works-to-save-right-whales-from-extinction