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Stakeholders Strategize to Protect our Paradise

The first SWFL Climate & Community Summit was held on January 17, 2023. Over 250 of our Southwest Florida neighbors and leaders attended with one common goal: to overcome our barriers and to motivate our community with education, conversations, and collaboration to take action toward a sustainable way of life for us and future generations.

Throughout the one-day event, we came to understand our climate challenges and opportunities, addressed the impacts of Hurricane Ian and how we need to rebuild stronger and wiser, and prioritized the actions for our community and the SWFL Climate & Community Initiative to protect our paradise.

Our Community’s Action Priorities

During the Summit, all attendees were given an opportunity to discuss, strategize, and vote on the actions and priorities needed for Southwest Florida to fortify, protect, and sustain our way of life. As a community, we identified many excellent ideas. Below are the ones that received the highest number of votes in their category.

Through legislation and policy, make a statewide commitment to reach net zero GHG emissions by 2050 or sooner.

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Provide incentives to support agricultural activities that can help mitigate climate change impacts, including water farming and carbon sequestration.

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Establish a regional/state-wide climate action think tank to inform climate actions plans and lead implementation.

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Develop climate education partnerships and coalitions within community-based organizations, business organizations, faith communities, local governments, public/private partnerships, and organizations already active in climate change education.

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Implement nature-based solutions to improve shoreline protection.

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 Incentivize businesses for EV charging stations and solar.

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Revise landscaping ordinances to discourage the use of sod grass and codify alternative landscape designs and better protect the tree canopy.

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Local governments update and enforce the smart growth elements in their comprehensive plans/land development codes.

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Make green infrastructure a focus of effective municipal, regional and state investment.

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Build a network of various audiences with a common goal – a diverse community of businesses, marginalized communities, local leaders.

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Based on these priorities and the feedback received, the SWFL Climate & Community Initiative is compiling an official report that will be shared with elected officials, community leaders, and attendees.

Watch The Urgency of Now Video

The Urgency of Now debuted at the Summit during the opening session. Created specifically for the Summit by KC Schulberg of Collier Waterkeepers, this film spotlights the exigency of our climate challenges and jump-started the event’s conversations.

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