Great Awakening to protect Florida’s natural resources

January 26, 2006

Ever optimistic, I hope the hallway conversation at this weekend’s Everglades Coalition meeting is lit with news of the Great Awakening.

The Great Awakening began last year when increasing numbers of Floridians from the Gulf to the Atlantic found the same words to express what they were seeing happen to our quality of life, our beaches, our fishing, our coral reefs, our rivers and Everglades. “Look,” people said to their elected officials, “everything we value is at risk from pollution streaming from Lake Okeechobee.”

Risk measured against the passage of time is a constant theme for Everglades advocates, now gathering on Hutchinson Island. But a wider, more impatient audience can grasp what is at stake from the point of view of another island, 2,000 miles from the nearest shore.

When Western explorers discovered Easter Island in 1722, they were stunned, as we are, by colossal lava monoliths staring mutely to the Pacific from a barren landscape. Read the rest of this entry »