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Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are awful reminders that the climate crisis is not an abstract issue to be faced by future generations—it’s happening right now, and it’s devastating communities and taking lives. With fossil-fuel industry puppets in charge of the government, that means it’s up to us to defend those under attack.


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850 Debbie King (back) and Dayna Lazarus (front)Helloooo fellow climate justice activists! My name is Dayna Lazarus, and I'm thrilled to be leading Organize Now!'s campaign to address climate change here in Tampa Bay, Florida.

One of my first goals is to help get as many local folks as possible registered and out to Power Shift 2016!

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My name is Bianca Polini, and I'm a senior at Florida International University.

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334 The USF Power Shift team rallying to being an end to dirty coal! Florida carried the THIRD largest state convergence at PS 2013.

As an National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Campus Ecology Fellow at the University of South Florida in Tampa, my campaign aimed to bring the Divestment/Reinvestment Movement to the “Dirty South” in order to end the expansion of unjust and polluting energy utilities.  As all campaign do, mine grew and developed over time, and I realized that what my campus needed was the sound leadership skills and organizing training necessary for a long term and sustainable Divestment Campaign. I was a senior leader on campus and thought this would be a plausible and useful expenditure of my time.

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In a unexpected move, the Board of Governors voted on Thursday to reject Student Green Fund proposals from both Florida A&M University (FAMU) and Florida State University (FSU). The student led initiative would have implemented a new fee of $0.50 per credit hour for each student enrolled at the two institutions, and the money would have gone into a fund specifically for clean energy and sustainability projects on these campuses.

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Sometimes it seems like Florida lawmakers just don’t get it. Not only does Florida have some of the most ridiculous election woes every two years, but we also seem to have all the wrong ideas about combating climate change and investing in truly renewable and sustainable energy.

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Florida youth are disappointed with Senator Marco Rubio’s recent comments on climate change. Last week in an interview with BuzzFeed, Rubio claimed that despite the “significant scientific consensus” that man-made activity is contributing to climate change, he has seen “reasonable debate” on whether this is true or not.

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As I stood ankle-deep in sea water on the corner of 10th and Alton Street, one of the busiest intersections in Miami Beach, I wondered what else it was going to take to get our candidates to recognize the urgency of climate change. When we say its the most important issue of our generation, we’re not kidding. Because of sea-level rise, Florida is already experiencing the effects on climate change in our coastal cities. Check out the new study done by the Union of Concerned Scientists with all the details here.

Together with Climate Parents, Union of Concerned Scientists, the CLEO Institute, and Urban Paradise Guild, we came together on Thursday to call on President Obama and Governor Romney to be leaders on climate change. We can no longer deny its existence or ignore it for the sake of political gain. We must take action now. Take a look at the video above, and spread the word.

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Last Thursday, October 11th, students from Florida International University made their way over to one of President Obama’s many campaign stops in Florida. The mission: shake the President’s hand, while asking him to support real clean energy solutions, and break the silence on climate change.

It was a tall order. Not only were there about 10,000 other people also trying to get into the campaign event, but trying to bird-dog the President was a mission in itself.

After waiting in line for nearly three hours under the blazing South Florida sun, student leaders Alexandra Colby and Javier Zapata were finally able to get through the airport-tight security and make it inside the Bank United Center, where they were determined to get close to Obama, who has been campaigning heavily in Florida over the past few months. By the time we got in, the event was nearly over, and we were ushered into a small room where the President would be greeting constituents right after his speech.

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