Everglades is a huge wetland area - a shallow river moving very slowly that takes up 11,0000 square miles of Florida from Orlando down to the tip of the peninsula, well... at least it used to.
Now it is only 2,500 square miles with 1800 miles of canals and dams breaking up the natural system. The fresh water from The Everglades main water source Lake Okeechobee is being diverted via canals for agriculture, particularly sugar, starving it of fresh water. Without the nourishing freshwater, the ecosystem further south has become saltier and prone to disastrous events.
Laden with chemicals from nearby agriculture and warmed in temperatures that are climbing as the climate heats up, the water is the perfect spawning ground for toxic blue-green algal blooms.
Beaches being closed, horrified dog owners saw their pets poisoned, and hundreds of tons of dead fish and manatees piling up along the Gulf coast. The water used to be so clear you could see seagrass move back and forth, now it is turning into a muddy slush, causing fish to flee or die.
A proposition has been made to build a vast reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee that would store water intended for the Everglades. The water would filter south through a system of marshes to deliver millions of gallons of replenishment to the ecosystem. But there is a catch.
The place for reservoir is located on publicly owned land that is currently being rented to big corporations to grow sugar cane...
In 2019 when the lease was about to end leaving the land open to a reservoir project, The South Florida Water management District - an agency that supposed to be protecting the water, has "decided" to renew the lease for sugar companies instead of building the reservoir.
We might be too small to do anything visible about it at the moment, but we can help spread awareness & hope that one day we can support environmental causes through more channels alongside sustainable fashion.
Greta @ Tracksuitbae Studio