A big turnout was seen on the steps of the Old Capitol today as members of diverse groups throughout the state and from as far away as Pennsylvania, Washington D.C. and New York converged on Tallahassee to participate in a day dedicated to RELCAIMING FLORIDA’S FUTURE: SPARKING SUSTAINABILITY.
Labor, health, anti-fracking, clean water, environmental and Native American groups were all represented.
ReThink Energy’s Kim Ross and Food and Water Watch’s Jorge Aguilar and Michelle Allen were great organizers and everything moved smoothly on time and where it was supposed to.
At the press conference held just prior to the rally outside, Senator Darren Soto spoke of his Senate Bill 166 which will ban fracking in the state. Others speaking there were Dr. Rich Templin of AFL-CIO, Betty Osceola of the Miccosukee Tribe in South Florida, and Dr. Lynn Ringenberg, President of Physicians for Social Responsibility of Washington, D.C.
Others described the Clean Power Plan, which is a federal plan designed to limit greenhouse emissions throughout the nation. As expected, we have leaders who would have us wiggle out from under these limits for their own purposes.