Food & Water Watch champions healthy food and clean water for all. We stand up to corporations that put profits before people, and advocate for a democracy that improves people's lives and protects our environment.
A growing movement in Florida is fighting against plans by the oil and gas industry to further expand its unconventional fracking techniques into the Sunshine State. Alongside our coalition partners in the Floridians Against Fracking, Food & Water Watch is working to ensure that cities, counties, and state officials support a full ban on fracking to protect our communities, our health and our environment. Join us today!
Our public lands were preserved for the use and enjoyment of all Americans, but increasingly the oil and gas industry is looking to develop them for their profit. These lands are our natural heritage, not profit centers. We must ban fracking on public lands to protect our climate, public health and national parks for the benefit and enjoyment of all Americans. By the end of 2014, oil and gas companies had leases on over 34 million acres of public land. The industry has formally targeted an additional 12 million more acres of public land. Among the many federal public lands that are already impacted or are under threat are Big Cypress National Reserve and Everglades National Park. Food & Water Watch has worked tirelessly across the country to protect our land, food, water and air from fracking.
In October 2017, Food & Water Watch organized a press conference at the Florida State Senate introducing the bill to ban fracking in Florida. With bipartisan support, the bill will protect Floridians' food, drinking water, lands, and air quality from fracking.
Last year, Food & Water Watch organized a bus rally and education day at the Florida Capitol. Over 200 people came from across the state to rally for a clean energy future for all Floridians and learn how to engage elected officials on critical issues facing our food and water.
Floridians Against Fracking
Food & Water Watch is a lead organization in a state coalition called the Floridians Against Fracking. Fracking and drilling associated with unconventional extraction of oil and natural gas poses a direct and immediate threat to the drinking water, air, food, health, wildlife, climate, and the economy of communities across Florida.
South Florida is not immune to this threat. The oil & gas industry has applied for permits in Big Cypress, Collier County, and even a well close to the Broward/Miami-Dade border. In fact, the oil industry is currently using seismic testing in the Everglades to try to find new pockets of oil. The coalition has passed almost 90 county and city resolutions including ordinances prohibiting fracking in Miami Dade and Broward. These resolutions build local awareness, support and momentum for statewide legislation to ban fracking. In early October 2017, we organized the introduction of a bipartisan ban bills in the state legislature. In South Florida we have hosted several educational film screenings, presented on fracking at local group meetings, and helped to pass several municipal resolutions. Our local coordinator is currently working to get the Miami delegation firmly behind the ban bill by engaging local citizens.
With your support, we can ban fracking in Florida and protect our vital resources for future generations.
Off Fossil Fuels Campaign
When you give to Food & Water Watch, you are helping move America OFF fossil fuels by educating Floridians on the need to ban fracking, keep fossil fuels in the ground, stop dangerous pipelines and infrastructure projects, and initiate an immediate and just transition to 100% clean, renewable energy.
It's a devastating reality that storms like hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria are becoming more intense and more frequent due to climate change. As fossil fuels are a major reason for the increase in temperatures, Floridians will need to play a major role in pushing for a more sustainable energy policy. Working mostly in coastal communities that will be impacted the most, you can help raise the voices of frontline and environmental justice communities to make the case for why the U.S. needs a bold and ambitious plan like the OFF ACT. Your support will help organize speakers, films, rallies and other trainings to help ordinary citizens advocate for clean renewable energy.
This past spring, with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D – HI), Food & Water Watch helped introduce the OFF Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act, the most aggressive climate change legislation ever introduced by congress. When you support Food & Water Watch, you are organizing Florida's leaders to sign onto this act and help move the state towards 100% renewable energy by 2035.