What You Need to Know

Changes to our region are not far off in the future. They are already here. Many of us in Southwest Florida have experienced the effects of the shifts in our environment and climate. These issues impact us physically, mentally, financially, and economically. With education and planned action, we can work together to create real, local change in our area so we can protect tomorrow.

Heat Fact

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Ft. Myers and Naples rank 5th and 6th in U.S. cities that will have an increased number of Dangerous Heat Days (heat index above 105 degrees).
It's predicted that the number of Dangerous Heat Days will increase by 135/year by 2030, compared to 26/year in 2000.

Air Fact

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For every increase of 1 degree Celsius in warming, there is a 25 – 30% increase in the number of Category 4 and 5 hurricanes.
The average American produces 50,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year, which increases global temperatures. In Florida, 45% of our emissions are related to transportation.

Sea Fact

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Florida sea levels have risen 8 inches since 1950 and are accelerating.


By 2030, it is predicted that Florida sea levels will rise another 4 – 5 inches.

Shore Fact

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Charlotte, Lee, and Collier Counties are ranked in the top 6 of Florida counties at risk of flooding.

Healthy Florida reefs provide flood protection to more than 5,600 people and save $675 million in property and economic damage each year.

Change is Happening Now

The SWFL Climate & Community Initiative is a collective of concerned citizens, businesses and organizations who recognize the impacts of climate change and the need for action. By working together, our community can identify the challenges and opportunities before us, and take the actions needed to preserve our economy, our environment, and our way of life today and for future generations.
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Community Conversations

This past May, community leaders in Collier and Lee Counties came together to with experts to discuss climate impacts in Southwest Florida.

During these professionally facilitated events hosted by regionally community foundations, leaders brainstormed strategies to preserve Southwest Florida and its resources, as well as how to encourage community action.

SWFL Climate & Community Summit

On October 6, 2022, our Summit will bring together the residents of Southwest Florida to understand the current impacts of climate change and how we can work together to protect our paradise. This regional event builds on the successful discussions and works accomplished at previous Save Our Waters summits and the recent Climate Community Conversations, broadening our reach and focus on all our region’s natural elements and social assets.

Now is the
Time to Act

Take your first step towards caring for our way of life in Southwest Florida by subscribing to our communications. Learn more about opportunities for you and your community to enact solutions that lessen the impacts of climate change.
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Extreme heat events have become more frequent and severe.

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Two-thirds of extreme weather events in the last 20 years were influenced by humans.

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Arctic sea ice is rapidly diminishing causing sea levels to rise.

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More than 1 million species are at risk of extinction by climate change.

Learn. Act. Protect Tomorrow.

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