MARTIN COUNTY DEMOCRATIC ENVIRONMENTAL CAUCUS

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Overview of Caucus

Mission Statements

Top Issues We Focus On

Calendar

Call to Action

Other Environmental Groups

Minutes, Bylaws, and Donations

The Martin County Democratic Environmental Caucus is a local chapter of the Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida (DECF).  The caucus meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, currently via Zoom. 

 

Meetings consist of general discussion about environmental issues in the news and how we might respond.  More specifically, among other concerns, we address city of Stuart matters, activity of Martin County Board of County Commissioners, and work of the state legislature and beyond. 

Most meetings include a guest speaker to enlighten us about a particular environmental topic or to hear directly from a local Democratic official or candidate running for office. 

 

We welcome all Democrats to be a part of our caucus as we learn, speak up for and work to defend our environment.   To get involved in our group, fill out the Contact Form indicating your interest in MC Dem Env Caucus and someone will get back with you.

 
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Mission Statements

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MC Democratic Environmental Caucus

Martin County Democratic Environmental Caucus intends to:

  • Identify and prioritize environmental concerns that affect our local municipalities, county, state, country, and world.

  • Contemplate solutions to those concerns and recommend courses of action

  • Educate, collaborate with and endorse Democratic candidates who embrace our agenda

  • Educate the public and generate support for our goals

  • Coordinate with other environmental groups within our legislative districts:  Senate district 25 and House districts 82 and 83

As a chapter of the Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida (DECF) we in MC Dem Env Caucus also support DECF’s goals.

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Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida

The Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida (DECF) strives to support Florida lawmakers, candidates, legislation and businesses that preserve, protect and enhance Florida’s natural resources. The DECF concerns may include but are not limited to Florida’s air quality, shorelines and coasts, aquifers, waterways, wetlands, wildlife, remaining natural areas and publicly owned wild lands and parks.

DECF intends to:

  • Help elect Democratic candidates who endorse suitable action on critical environmental issues.

  • Provide party members and the general public credible data relating to environmentally sensitive issues as informed opinion, legislative alerts and technical/science expertise.

  • Monitor local and state legislation and policy that affect Florida’s environment, and alert legislators and the public.

  • Encourage responsible environmental stewardship as part of Florida Democratic Party policy.

 
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Top Environmental Issues
 

With Florida’s increasing population and with our local and state governments sometimes choosing growth and development and corporate interests over protecting our environment, the issues we face are endless.   Here is a sampling of the concerns we address in our caucus:
 

  • Lake Okeechobee discharges

  • Everglades restoration, including Storm Water Treatment Areas (STAs), the EAA reservoir, CERP completion

  • Pollutants entering our waterways -- fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides with glyphosate, agricultural waste, biosolids, nonpoint source pollution

  • Environmental threats due to city and county development as well as local and state legislation

  • Wildlife habitat degradation, including dwindling sea grasses for manatees and the accumulation of muck in our waterways, which reduces oyster bed production and water quality

  • Climate change and rising sea level

  • Oil drilling, fracking, and deep-water injection wells

  • Transportation of hazardous materials (pipelines, high-speed rail transport of LNG and other hazardous materials)
     

 
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CALL TO ACTION !

Click on each of the four sections below or scroll down to view the entire page.

Prewritten Letters

Petitions

Original Letter-Writing Ideas

Learning Opportunities/Miscellaneous Items

Special notice:

Email and call Gov DeSantis and urge him to veto SB 620.  (850) 717-9337 or governorron.desantis@eog.myflorida.com

For more info, read this explanation from 1000 Friends of Florida showing why SB 620 is such a bad bill.

PREWRITTEN LETTERS

Prewritten letters are quick and easy ways to make your voice heard--just sign and submit.  Please note that in some cases you will be put on the sponsoring environmental group's email subscription list when you submit your letter/petition, so be sure to uncheck the subscription box (if it's there) before you submit it if you don't want to be on their distribution list.

If you forget to do that, you can always unsubscribe later. 

 

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Added 3-31-2022)

Friends of the Everglades has a prewritten letter to Gov Desantis asking him to veto SB 2508. To view a copy of the letter that would be sent, click here.

(Added 3-11-2022)

The Everglades Trust has a prewritten letter to Pres. Biden asking him to include funding in the 2023 budget to Congress for the EAA Reservoir Project -- at least $725 million. (Scroll down the page to where the Email/Tweet button is and click there.)  This funding is critical to restoring the Everglades as well as helping reduce toxic discharges into our waters.  To view a copy of the letter that would be sent, click here.

(Added 12-21-2021)

EarthJustice, a nonprofit environmental law organization, previously submitted a legal petition to the EPA to stop the use of organophosphates in agriculture.   To support this effort, they now have a prewritten letter you can submit asking the EPA to ban organophosphates.  Click here to go to the website to submit the letter.   If you'd like to read the original legal petition, go here.  Also, FYI, they have their own Action Alerts section on their website.  Many of those we already have covered here on our page, but there are some items we haven't.   If you'd like, go here to see their Action Alerts.

(Added 12-21-2021)

Sierra Club has a prewritten letter advocating a ban on LNG transport by rail.   Go here to submit the letter.  

(Added 10-8-2021)

Friends of the Everglades has a letter for Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried which discusses harmful effects of sugarcane burning and asks her to ban the burning.  Go here to read the letter.

(Added 9-29-2021)

Friends of the Earth has a letter going to EPA about banning neonicotinoids, which are pesticides that harm humans and invertebrate pollinator species, including bees and butterflies.   (If you don't want to remain on their email list, unsubscribe after submitting letter.)

Contact the Dept of the Interior about Florida manatees dying at record levels and ask that manatees be put back on the Endangered Species list.  The current secretary is Deb Haaland.  Go here for contact info and to complete online letter.   You may also want to contact other officials about this and can get a list of federal, state, and local officials and their addresses here.

PETITIONS

President Biden:  Be a #PlasticFreePresident...A diverse coaltion of 550+ organizations has created a petition asking President Biden to use his executive powers to fight the plastic pollution crisis.  To sign the petition, go here: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/president-biden-be-a-plasticfreepresident  To read in depth about the executive actions asked for in the petition, go here:  https://www.plasticfreepresident.org/

Sign the "Stop Overdevelopment in Martin County" petition!

http://chng.it/MRZYCqsDPD

Go to FL5.org to sign petitions for putting 5 conservation amendments on the 2022 ballot.  The petitions are for the Right to Clean Water, Florida Iconic Species Protection, Captive Wildlife Hunting Ban, FL Wetlands Protection, and Stop New Toll Roads.

WRITE YOUR OWN LETTER

Educate and influence the public.  Choose a topic and write a Letter to the Editor to the Stuart News and/or Palm Beach Post.    See this for links to each newspaper's online LTE form.   

Email and call Gov DeSantis and urge him to veto SB 620.  (850) 717-9337 or governorron.desantis@eog.myflorida.com

For more info, read this explanation from 1000 Friends of Florida showing why SB 620 is such a bad bill.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES/MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS

A summary of the ongoing pollution of Florida's waterways was presented by Earthjustice back on July 2021.  The focus is on the toxic algae crisis and its harm to wildlife.  Go here to read this analysis.

A recent Protecting Paradise segment on WPTV focused on the need to complete the building of STAs so that toxic water can be cleaned and then sent south to the Everglades. 

Read The Everglades Review, put together by Everglades Trust, for detailed articles on such subjects as objections to LOSOM Plan CC by Big Sugar, the economic value of strong ecosystems, and helping the manatees survive.

 

Friends of the Everglades periodically hosts webinars on various environment-related topics.  View their archives of these Clean Water Conversations here.  Topics include red tide, LOSOM, toxic algae, the legislative session for 2021,  the Roads to Ruin, drilling in the Everglade

 
 
 
 
 
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Environmental Resources

There are many groups locally, statewide, and nationally that focus on environmental issues.  To view a list of some of the groups we learn from and work in concert with while advocating for the environment, go here.
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Minutes, Bylaws, and Donations

Bylaws
 Current Bylaws of MC Dem Env Caucus...coming soon
Previous Bylaws of MC Dem Env Caucus
Donations
 
To support the Martin County Democratic Environmental Caucus, click on this                            button.  It will take you to our ActBlue account where you can make your donation.    Thank you!

If you prefer to mail a check, make your check out to MC Dem Env Caucus and send it to:

MC Dem Env Caucus
948 SE Central Parkway
Stuart, FL 34994
Minutes

2021 Minutes

November 16, 2021
October 19, 2021
September 2021 - No meeting held
August 2021 - No meeting held
July 2021

June 2021
May 2021
April 2021
March 2021 Special Election Meeting

February 2021 - No meeting held
January 2021 - No meeting held


2020 Minutes
December 2020 - No meeting held
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020 - No meeting held

July 2020