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Floridians advocate for stronger legislation for environmental justice

Residents from around Florida were at the Capitol to talk about how climate change is already affecting their communities
Posted: 5:46 PM, Mar 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-12 21:46:50Z
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — While lawmakers are in Tallahassee for session, a group of concerned Floridians are pushing for legislation that supports "environmental justice."

Tuesday morning, residents from around the Sunshine State were at the Capitol to talk about how climate change is already affecting their communities. They said it's impacting minority communities more than others, but leaders in those areas are stepping up to address the problems they're experiencing.

That includes dealing with the aftermath of major storms like Hurricane Michael.

"We really need climate-resilient affordable housing. We have affordable housing crisis as it is. No climate resilience, and even when they knew that Mexico Beach was going to be hit with a 20-foot storm surge, there was no temporary housing on its way to the location, and they still have 9,500 homeless people in the disaster zone," said Jan Booher, Director of Unitarian Universalist Justice Florida Climate Resilience Ministry.

Environmental advocates said with climate change, protecting natural ecosystems better protects Floridians.