Posted by: reefrescue | March 11, 2015

Florida’s Coral Reef Programs Not Allowed to Discuss Climate Change

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The “Our Florida Reefs” program, hosted by FDEP Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative, is designed to increase public involvement and develop a comprehensive management strategy to ensure healthy coral reefs in the future.

As long as it does not include Climate Change or Global Warming.

When volunteers attended a meeting to train volunteers to conduct presentations on coral reef health in Florida, two volunteers said they were told not to address climate change when talking about threats facing coral reefs.

One writer wanted to include climate change in a series of fact sheets he was writing on coral reefs for the state’s Coral Reef Conservation Program, but he said he was instructed not to by DEP employees.

Doug Young, president of the South Florida Audubon Society and a member of the Broward County Climate Change Task Force who attended the meeting, told Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. “The two young women, really good people, said, ‘We are not allowed to show the words, or show any slides that depicted anything related to climate change.

Read more: Florida Officials Ban The Term ‘Climate Change’

Miami Herald: In Florida, officials ban term ‘climate change’

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