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Mah new best frawnddd!! I haven’t named him/her yet!! This gator is ‘bout 3-4 feet!! Definitely intrigued by mine and Tolkien’s presence lol. Love watching this gator glide through the water so gracefully. We need to do more to protect our wildlife. This may be a lake, but they belong in larger habitats, such as the Florida Everglades. Their natural home, we need to clean and restore the flow! #natureisbeautiful #allcreaturesarebeautiful #alligator #floridagator #gorgeous #lakeview #floridabeauty #newfrawnd #cueeriemusic #gracefulswimmers #protectwildlife #freedom_preservationofthewild #protectfloridagators #restoretheflow #floridaeverglades
Take me back to paradise. Hidden oasis in Florida. Blowing Rock Preserve in 📍 Jupiter, FL #naturallimestone #hiddengem #floridacoast #protectouroceans #dosomething #environmentallaw #environmentalprotection #blogger #newblogger #environmentalblogger #natureisperfection #freedom_preservationofthewild #blowingrockspreserve #naturalrock #atlanticocean #floridacoast #floridagirl
Always a wonderful adventure. Get outside, explore and find your love of nature. Pure bliss 💙 #hiddengem #floridabeaches #floridabeauty #nofilter #preservation #preservationisbetterthanconservation #floridacoast #blowingrocks #blowingrockspreserve #hightide #needtogoback #limestone #floridalimestone #natureisbeautiful #freedom_preservationofthewild #innerhippe #protectourplanet #newblogpostcoming #blogger #environmentallaw #animallaw
Okay, I'll admit it, I hate salads. Yes, I said it!! I was a ballerina for so long that I was forced to eat salads all the time. However, going meatless does not necessarily mean you HAVE to eat them all the time. It does mean that you can make them more fun! I know I have been away for a while and I apologize if anyone is still out there!! [ 217 more words ] https://fighttofreedomandpreservationofthewild.com/2018/08/06/meatless-monday-chronicles-who-says-salads-are-boring/. #salads #meatlessmonday #meatlessmondaychronicles #freedom_preservationofthewild #newblogger #newblogpost #nomeat #healthyliving #healthylifestyle #checkoutnewblogpost #saladlovers #nomeatsalad #yummy #nomnomnom
Sorry I have been away! Just taking exams that take over your life, I will be back posting this week!! Channeling my inner Pocahontas ... the colors of the wind are already tatted on me, but had to really feel it through my hair. #innerhippie #colorsofthewind #innerpocahontas #redhairdontcare #purplehair #pinkhair #redandpurplehair #pochahontas #wavesfordays #wavyhair #curlyhair #allsmiles #idotitforme #brightcolors #embodyyourwildnature #happylizzie #savetheenvironment #protectoutplanet #freedom_preservationofthewild
https://www.facebook.com/donate/678095942582534/ For my birthday this year, I'm asking for donations to Wildlife S.O.S. I had the pleasure of meeting one of the founder's (Kartick Satyanarayan) of this incredible organization at the Animal Law Conference a few years ago. They are located in India. However, the work they do has impacted all wildlife in India as well as the poor people. They help to teach them not to use wildlife in order to earn money from tourists. They have taught them to earn money from real jobs. Most importantly they rescue animals from all situations and provide them a safe haven. They fight in India's court system and help to promote better legislation. They may not be a rescue in America, but they are probably on of the hardest working organizations world wide and deserve our respect. We can learn a lot of this organization and its hardworkiing people! MY favorite animal is the Bengal Tiger and they are going extinct. As are many animals all around the world. Please if you can, donate to Wildlife SOS. You are not only helping in the rescue of innocent sentient beings, but you are providing for their safety. Thank you all!! I hope you'll consider contributing as a way to celebrate with me. Every little bit will help me reach my goal. #wildlifesos #wildlifesosindia #karticksatyanarayan #protectwildlife #indianwildlife #everydollarcounts #pleasedonate #awareness #educate #compassion #rescue #wildliferescue #animallaw #animallawconference #animallawconference2015

Did you know May is called “Wetlands Month”?!

I wish I knew earlier that it was #WetlandsMonth! My entire passion and reason for going to law school is to protect the Everglades. Once, one of the largest wetlands in the state of Florida and in the world!! While in law school I wrote my upper level writing requirement on the everglades and restoring it. In this blog post I will cite to some excerpts from my paper. (DISCLAIMER: Please do not plagiarize. I busted my butt for two years working on it and intend to be published, okay thanks!) Fun Fact: My logo picture is of the Everglades. I went there 3 years ago to get more information on the Everglades and what is being done to protect and restore it.

Being a native Floridian from Miami, the Everglades is very near and dear to my heart, so are the protections for it. Knowing the south Florida continues to destroy the everglades is one of the reasons I decided politics may be where my career lies. Now, I live in Orlando, but who knew my drive for protecting the Everglades would have grown with the physical distance. I actually live in the wetlands in Orlando. Also, the headwaters of the Everglades is located in Kissimmee, Florida. Yes, the Everglades used to encompass more than a third of the state. Now, it barely covers the south eastern portion of the state.

What is a wetland?

A wetland is an area where much of the land is submerged in water or covered in water. It maintains this state for much of it’s duration through out the wet and dry seasons. A wetland is home to an array of animals and plant life. Many of which are not found anywhere else in the world. More specifically, the Everglades was formed over 100,000 years ago! (Book I cite in my paper!)

Purpose of a Wetland

From an ecocentric perspective, it has a right to exist solely for its on inherent value. Meaning, it is natural and should exist on its own. Wetlands are one of the only ecological systems that brings forth various forms of life into one area to coexist. The Florida Everglades is one of the only places where you may find the American Crocodile and Alligator in the same place.

A wetland is one of the key sources of potable (drinking) water. Rain and run off waters seep into the ground through the marshes and then down into the limestone. This is the purest form of cleaning pollutants and contaminants out of the water. This beautifully, naturally filtered water eventually ends up in our aquifers. An aquifer is underground layer of permeable rock, which essentially acts as holding tank for water. (Over the years the water table has been dredged by huge conglomerates in processing bottled water. (I’ll go off that tangent another day).

Pretty much, wetlands act as a natural sponge to soak up all contaminants and then create purified drinking water! So, why are we destroying it?!

Destroyers of the Everglades: Big Sugar and Corporations

Again, these are people who have no regard for the sanctity of nature to just exist. Further, they have only one goal: money.

Big Sugar, refers to the huge lobbying industry in the state of Florida. A lot of the agricultural land near Lake Okeechobee is owned by sugar cane farmers. They are heavily subsidized by our government! Why? Obesity. (again, another tangent). The East Agricultural Area, is all sugar land. Much of this run of water from the pesticides and over use of phosphorus end up in the lake. The lake once connected tot he beautiful “River of Grass”, but has stopped. There are many proponents to release the headwaters back from Kissimmee, but the issue is the pollution.

IF those waters are released from the lake the will transfer polluted water into what is left of the wetlands. High levels of phosphorus allow for invasive plant species to thrive. Additionally, these high volumes are too much for the depleted wetland to clean. This also creates algae build up, which in turn blocks oxygen in the water. No oxygen, then the plant and animal life begin to suffer. Thus, creating a catastrophic chain of events. Single handily we are destroying an entire eco-system that existed long before humans ever “conquered” these lands.

What will you do to help protect our innocent Wetlands? Remember, Florida is not the only place with wetlands, they are found all over, but are being destroyed at an alarming rate by human sprawling and the need to create farms everywhere…for profit.

Profits will not protect the environment, nor will it prevent destruction of innocent sentient beings throughout the world. Will you be a part of the solution? To protect, preserve and restore!!

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