Each month, a student-led team at the UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute curates the state’s environmental news and explains what’s going on, why it matters and what we can do about it.
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The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metro area is majority white, and has a significant and growing Latinx population, according to Census Reporter. In Tampa Bay, both affluent and low-income neighborhoods flood, as does downtown. But communities of color and low-income residents often take the brunt of the impact, facing a greater risk of property loss, health problems and economic hardship.
Tampa has only recently started addressing flooding and stormwater management through a comprehensive lens that includes climate change and environmental justice.
More Feature Stories
Long Live the Longleaf Pine
Remaining longleaf pine ecosystems now exist solely in clustered pockets, scattered across their ancient empire, a shadow of their former selves.
Florida’s Algae Problem: What Is It, And How Can It Affect You?
Floridians are already witnessing its harmful consequences in aquatic ecosystems as Florida creeps into its summer season.
Keeping Cows Cool in a Changing Climate
As global temperatures remain on the rise it’s becoming increasingly important to safeguard the wellbeing of our livestock.
Action of the Month
With the right tools and knowledge, we have the opportunity to contribute to a less wasteful, more sustainable future.
Action of the Week
Action of the Week: Equip Your Kitchen With Zero-Waste Essentials!
Going zero-waste means sending nothing (or little) to the landfill. Learn how to create a zero-waste kitchen with some easy, sustainable swaps and ideas!
Action of the Week: Plant a Pollinator Garden
As insect populations decline, starting a pollinator garden is an excellent way to aid the recovery of those we rely on so heavily for crop production.
Action of the Week: Grow an Indoor Vegetable Garden
Planting an indoor garden is a great way to ensure your kitchen is full of fresh veggies, regardless of the season!
Preparing for a major storm can be stressful. News outlets and government agencies release hurricane-supply checklists to help you weather the storm. But how can you minimize waste while making sure you are ready for a hurricane? Watch this video by TESI environmental communicator, Riley Gonzalez, for some tips!
Plastic Free July® is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution. Learn more about easy habits you can change to reduce your plastic footprint in this video by TESI environmental communicator Ayla Babanikos!
Learn more about Earth systems-related topics through our other student-produced educational videos!
Stories to Watch
To pair with the rest of our educational content in each Earth to Florida newsletter, we bring you monthly updates on statewide environmental news.
Earth to Florida (July): Stories to Watch
Earth to Florida (June): Stories to Watch
Earth to Florida (May): Stories to Watch
What We’re Reading
Environmental protection and social justice are deeply intertwined, and we cannot accurately communicate the environmental issues facing our state without acknowledging this relationship. In this monthly Earth to Florida segment, we will share articles and videos that help explain these connections.
- The EPA Just Announced A $50 Million Push To Help Underserved Communities Tackle Pollution And Get Jobs
- How Marginalized Communities in the South Are Paying the Price for ‘Green Energy’ in Europe
- Creating Spaces for Queer Environmentalists
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