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Toxic Lake Apopka

Toxic Lake Apopka Toxic Lake Apopka. The History of agriculture here, and how we got to where we are. The Toxic Tour of Lake Apopka, led by Jeannie Economos of the Farmworker Association of Florida, conveys the deep history of Lake Apopka North Shore, agriculture and nutrient pollution. The synopsis below provides a snapshot of Central Florida’s systems of pollution and the beginning of a long road to environmental justice. We met with Economos again on Feb.1, for our second Toxic Tour. This is what we learned. The history of agriculture and Lake Apopka It all started in the 1940s, when the United… Continue reading Toxic Lake Apopka

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Pollution, Classism, and Racism

by Maria Oswalt

Pollution, Classism, and Racism Pollution, Classism, and Racism. Environmental Justice In 2020 IDEAS FOR US did an interview with five panelists, Bryan Parras, Yudith Azareth, Taylor Morton, Catherine Flowers, and Kevin J Patel, who were from Zero Hour which is a youth climate activism organization. The organization believes in fighting for the right to thrive in a clean and safe environment. They believe that all communities should have good quality of air, water, and land. They are striving to hold public officials and other adults accountable for the destruction of the environment and for the furthering of climate change.  Many… Continue reading Pollution, Classism, and Racism

Protecting Natural Lands in Florida

Protecting Natural Lands in Florida Protecting Natural Lands in Florida. Econ River Wilderness Area. Split Oak Forest Wildlife and Environmental Area (Split Oak). Wekiva and Econ Rivers. These are precious natural lands that were discussed during the IDEAS For Us June IDEAS Hive discussion, “Protecting Natural Lands in Florida.” As the panelists continually express, if we don’t step up now, who will and when? If we don’t hold our officials accountable, who will? If we don’t take a look at the Florida Constitution and use it to fight for conservation, no one will. Oftentimes, in the world of activism, it… Continue reading Protecting Natural Lands in Florida

Herbicides in Our Natural Water Bodies

Herbicides in Our Natural Water Bodies Herbicides in our natural water bodies. Have you ever visited a natural waterbody and noticed plants dying along the shoreline? This may be due to the spraying of synthetic herbicides. What are herbicides and how do they affect the health of our local environments? Could local groups remove invasive plants rather than spray toxic chemicals for removal? Read on to learn more about this issue and what you can do to help. What are Herbicides? Herbicides, commonly known as weedkillers, are chemicals that destroy plants or inhibit their growth. The two kinds of herbicides… Continue reading Herbicides in Our Natural Water Bodies

10 Natural Springs in Florida You Must Visit

Blue Spring State Park This state park is located in Orange City, Florida that features a cool water spring on the St. John’s river. The spring is home to manatees, alligators, and a variety of fish. With over 8,000 Google reviews, it’s clear that many people enjoy visiting Blue Spring State Park. They have an array of activities such as: Swimming Kayaking Wildlife viewing Boat tour of the St. John’s River Gift shop Wekiwa Springs State Park Wekiwa Springs State Park is in Apopka, Florida. This state park is Orange County’s longest-running tourist attraction (20). The park is popular because… Continue reading 10 Natural Springs in Florida You Must Visit

5 Simple Ways for Going Zero Waste in 2020, According to a Millennial Zero Waster

When Erin Rehm was a freshman at University of Massachusetts, in 2013, she, like many Americans, considered recycling a cure-all for waste pollution. Chuck a water bottle into a recycling bin and forget about it. Why not? It’s helping the environment, right? But after taking her first biology class as an animal science major, Rehm, now 25, learned this wasn’t so. Here’s the harsh truth: Most recyclables end up in landfills—and, eventually, the ocean. By 2050, it’s estimated that the ocean will have more plastic than fish. And the U.S., with its 250 million tons of plastic pollution each year,… Continue reading 5 Simple Ways for Going Zero Waste in 2020, According to a Millennial Zero Waster

Let’s Speak Up For Our Farmworkers

Since there are over 328 million people in the U.S, we need an abundance of food to be consistently reaching our supermarkets across the country every day. We have found ways to do so for the convenience of the majority with the help of pesticides, GMOs, and agricultural technology. However, these accessible and affordable foods have come at a high cost especially to the farmers who are out there every day. The IDEAS Hive – July 2019 Our IDEAS Hive events, where the community joins together to discuss environmental challenges and solutions, is held the first Wednesday of every month… Continue reading Let’s Speak Up For Our Farmworkers