July 1, 2014
Preparing for a Sea Change in Florida: A Strategy to Cope with the Impact of Global Warming on the State's Coastal and Marine Systems
Publisher(s): Ocean Conservancy, National Wildlife Federation, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Environmental Defense Fund, Caribbean Conservation Corporation and Sea Turtle Survival League, Gulf Restoration Network (GRN), Reef Relief, Surfrider Foundation
Author(s): Patty Glick
With more coastline, diversity of marine habitats and off shore area than any state in the continental U.S., Floridais the epitome of an ocean state. Yet Florida's coastal and ocean heritage stands to be severely harmed by globalwarming. Indeed, scientifi c evidence shows that damage to our coastal and marine systems is inevitable. Th eFlorida Coastal and Ocean Coalition, formed in 2006, is committed to addressing this threat and, with the releaseof this report, calls upon our leaders to take the necessary steps to address the expected impacts of global warmingon the state's unique coastal and marine resources.
Th e good news is that Florida is in a powerful position to emerge as a bold leader in the environmental eff ort topreserve natural resources in the face of global warming, both by taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissionsand by implementing sound coastal and ocean policies. Th e Governor, through his Action Team on Energy andClimate Change, and the Legislature have set the stage for Florida to lead with vision on the critical issue ofcoping with global warming. Responsible actions undertaken now can ensure the continued vitality of Florida'senvironment and economy and can serve as an important model around the nation and the world.