Many current political statutes and regulation do not promote a necessary concern for our environment. The environment is often only seen as a commodity and is exploited for human use. As a 501 c4 nonprofit organization, Earth Action takes a greater approach in implementing Earth Ethics mission by involving ourselves in advocacy, lobbying, and political activity. With Earth Action we strive to change current political regulations and push for policies that take into consideration the welfare and safety of the environment.

Due to our current workload, we are unable to continuously post our ongoing actions. If you are interested in learning more about Earth Action campaigns, email earthethicsaction@gmail.com or like our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/earthethics/?ref=bookmarks

 

Florida Rights of Nature

We’ve been working diligently with others throughout the state to develop 5 constitutional amendments to be placed on the 2022 ballot. (All state approved). We’ve got a long road ahead, but with your help, we think that we can do it. 🤞 We need 900,000 by February 2022 (really 870,000, but we want to allow for errors, etc.).

Many of you have worked on getting signatures on amendments in the past, but this is bit different. We’ve created a 30-second video for people to watch that takes them through the easy steps to sign on to the amendments. That video can be viewed at https://youtu.be/NsHSHXVd1vg. The website to read and print the amendments are at www.FL5.org.

In a nutshell, people can go to the website to view and print each amendment – FLORIDA RIGHT TO CLEAN WATER; FLORIDA WETLANDS PROTECTION AMENDMENT; FLORIDA TOLL ROAD EXPANSION BAN; FLORIDA ICONIC SPECIES PROTECTION; and CAPTIVE WILDLIFE HUNTING BAN. Each signer can print and sign the petition(s) and mail them to our office in South Florida. It takes only one stamp to mail all 5.

Please take the time to view the video, go to the website, print and mail the petitions, and then share this information widely!

You can use this email (or something similar) when sharing with others:

The Florida Rights of Nature Network (FRONN) is a grassroots collaboration of individuals and organizations across Florida, working to protect nature’s rights, people’s rights to a healthy environment, and Home Rule. In order to achieve these rights, we’ve developed 5 constitutional amendments – FLORIDA RIGHT TO CLEAN WATER; FLORIDA WETLANDS PROTECTION AMENDMENT; FLORIDA TOLL ROAD EXPANSION BAN; FLORIDA ICONIC SPECIES PROTECTION; and : CAPTIVE WILDLIFE HUNTING BAN to ensure that citizens of Florida and other species have these rights. Please view this short 30-second video https://youtu.be/NsHSHXVd1vg to learn how you can help. You can read and print the amendments at www.FL5.org. If you have any questions about the amendments or the process, please contact earthethicsaction@gmail.com

Help protect the environment by signing and promoting our 5 constitutional amendments!

Here is some more information on the Florida Rights of Nature Network (fronn.org):

Earth Action is part of a statewide initiative encouraging language that would give our nature resources the same rights as we have as humans. The effort is to legally declare that rivers, lakes, forests, estuaries, reefs, or other natural features may have inherent rights against degradation, which can be defended in court, much as corporations have been found to possess inherent rights. This initiative has been implemented in  various other parts of the United States as well as other countries. One of the Rights of Nature’s partners, Tree Media, has put together a PSA. Please watch and share. https://vimeo.com/388026914

Stop the Money Pipeline

The financial sector is funding, insuring and investing in the climate crisis. Stopping this money pipeline is one of the most important ways we can address the climate emergency. The Stop the Money Pipeline coalition is over 130 organizations strong. Together we are holding the financial backers of climate chaos accountable. Earth Action is part of a national collaborative to address the issues associated with these concerns. Visit www.stopthemoneypipeline.com to learn more.

Build Back Fossil Free

Fossil fuel pollution and climate disasters are already disrupting millions of lives. We deserve a world beyond fossil fuels: a world in which workers’ rights, community health, and our shared climate come before corporate profits. That’s why we — hundreds of groups representing millions of people across the country fighting for climate, racial, and economic justice — are coming together to ensure Biden becomes the climate president he promised to be. Earth Action is part of this national collaborative to ensure we build back fossil free. Learn more at #BuildBackFossilFree

Hydraulic Fracking

The Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking (the Compendium) is a fully referenced compilation of the evidence outlining the risks and harms of fracking.

The Compendium is organized to be accessible to public officials, researchers, journalists, and the public at large. In addition, the Compendium is complemented by a fully searchable, near-exhaustive citation database of peer-reviewed journal articles pertaining to shale gas and oil extraction, the Repository for Oil and Gas Energy Research, that was developed by PSE Healthy Energy and which is housed on its website (https://www.psehealthyenergy.org/our-work/shale-gas-research-library/).

For this fifth edition of the Compendium, as prior ones, we collected and compiled findings from three sources: articles from peer-reviewed medical or scientific journals; investigative reports by journalists; and reports from, or commissioned by, government agencies. Peer-reviewed articles were identified through databases such as PubMed and Web of Science, and from within the PSE Healthy Energy database. Our entries briefly describe studies that document harm, or risk of harm, associated with fracking and summarize the principal findings.

The studies and investigations referenced in the dated entries catalogued in Compilation of Studies & Findings are current through December 2017.

In our review of the data, seventeen compelling themes emerged; these serve as the organizational structure of the Compendium. Readers will notice the ongoing upsurge in reported problems and health impacts, making each section top-heavy with recent data.

The Compendium focuses on topics most closely related to the public health and safety impacts of unconventional gas and oil drilling and fracking. We also include in this edition a section on risks from fracking infrastructure that focuses on compressor stations, pipelines, silica sand mining operations, natural gas storage facilities, and, for the first time, the manufacture and transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Given the rapidly expanding body of evidence related to the harms and risks of unconventional oil and gas extraction, we plan to continue revising and updating the Compendium approximately every year. It is a living document, housed on the websites of Concerned Health Professionals of New York and Physicians for Social Responsibility. Read more about the process and scope of our work in the “About this Report” and the “Foreword to the Fifth Edition” sections of the Compendium.

Download the full report here http://concernedhealthny.org/Compendium/

In the State of Florida –

Upon becoming Governor, Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 19-12 which ordered the Dept of Environmental Protection to ‘adamantly oppose’ fracking. DeSantis has done nothing to follow through on this executive order, so fracking is still 100% legal. See the Executive Order here.  Currently, the Florida Departmetn of Environmental Protection adds this language to their oil and gas permts, “The permittee shall not perform operations on this well at a pressure, duration, and volume in order to propagate fractures in the oil producing formation without providing written notice to the Department, and receiving prior approval, from the Department for a specific plan for such operations,[Sections 377.22 and 377.371, F.S.]” which has no teeth at all.  We won’t give up the fight. We expect Governor DeSantis to stick to his word!

 

Oil and Gas Exploratory and Drilling Applications

Earth Action is working hard to provide comments in opposition to numerous existing permit applications for Oil and Gas exploration and drilling in Northwest Florida. Unfortunately, the Florida Department extended yet another drilling permit in Santa Rosa County as well as the issuing of permits. See below.

  • Oil and Gas Operating Permit for the Pitnic Well 16-3 (FDEP Permit #1382) in Santa Rosa County, FL. Issued November 4th.
  • Extension of one-year of Drilling Permit 1013A for the sidetrack project Jay Field/D.M. Simmons Well 19-6A issued October 5th.
  • One-year extensions of the following Drilling Permits for projects in Jay Field, Santa Rosa County: Permit 1371 – Hendricks Well 19-12; Permit 1385 – Boutwell Well 22-5; Permit 1386 – Smith Well 31-2B; and Permit 1387 – Boutwell Well 22-6 issued August 13th

Visit http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/mines/oil_gas/drill-apps.htm  to learn about all the current applications and permits.