4-Point Plan to Address the Climate Emergency
1. Carbon Emissions and Climate Change Impact Assessment – I support the immediate creation and funding of a scientific, multi-agency, intergovernmental, academic, and community group research panel dedicated to examining the causes and effects of climate change in Florida, with a special focus on impacts to low-income communities and communities of color. This panel aims to help craft a comprehensive response plan with specific policy recommendations as they relate to the climate emergency’s impact on Florida’s people and ecology. All members of this panel will be required to demonstrate that they have not received financial support or campaign contributions from utilities or the fossil fuel industry, such as oil and gas exploration and extraction.
2. Clean Energy for All – I support setting Florida on track to produce 100% clean, renewable, fossil fuel-free energy by 2050.
3. Reducing the Amount of Carbon in our Atmosphere – I support finding policy solutions to maximize Florida’s unique natural carbon sequestration capabilities. From replanting and expanding Florida’s native mangroves to managing agricultural land, soil, and forests for carbon sequestration, our state can play a massive role in reducing carbon pollution in our atmosphere. The State of Florida should explore all methods by which our state can become a global leader in natural carbon sequestration methods.
4. Modernizing the Way People and Goods Move Throughout Florida – I support planning and funding to reduce the amount of traditional fossil fuel-burning internal combustion engine vehicles on Florida’s roads. By increasing local and regional mass transit options and increasing personal and electric vehicle usage, Florida can reduce a significant portion of our carbon footprint. I also support upgrading our state growth management plans to ensure healthy, walkable cities with plenty of tree coverage, green spaces, and a fierce dedication to protecting our remaining wetlands, which act as carbon sinks.