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What is your serenity? Mine is the ocean. There is something about the salty air, the peacefulness of the waves and the warmth of the sun. . . . Nature and your inner peace are more intertwined than you think. . . Where do you seek to connect with your inner self ? . . . . #innerpeace #natureisbeautiful #oceanlife #beachlife #imback #backtoblogging #environmentalblog #hiatusisover
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As the sun sets, the sky turns a magnificent golden hue and it skirts through the branches of the trees. Times like these we appreciate nature for what it is. . . . . . #freedom_preservationofthewild #sunset #orlando #floridasunset #goldenhue #goldensky #natureisperfect #smallbeauties #payattention #saveourplanet
My very first Sunflower 🌻 has blossomed!! It’s beautiful 😍 in the evening 🌚 and in the morning 🌞 !! I love you Mother Earth 🌍 . It’s the simple pleasures, knowing I planted you from a seedling 🌱and cared for you to become your ultimate self! . . . . . . #natureisperfect #sunflowers #homegarden #greenthumb #myfirstsunflower #beautyiseverywhere #begreen #plantmoreseeds #gardening #survivedthreeweeksofrain #nomorerain
Meatless Monday! Super simple dish!! All you need: -pasta -shallot -zucchini -broccoli -cauliflower -vine tomatoes -asparagus -salt and pepper -vegan herb butter -olive oil . . You can make this vegan or vegetarian, but guess what?! There’s absolutely no meat here!! . . Boil pasta and cook to Al dente. In a large pan sauté zucchini to get golden brown in some olive oil. Add the shallot. Make sure to not let it burn!! Remove and put into a dish. Add broccoli and cauliflower and continue to sauté. Depending on how you like your veggies: soft or crunchy. Add a 1/4-1/2 of water with high heat and let it simmer in the pan. Helps to cook the veggies. Pull those out. Add the asparagus and do a quick sauté, I like mine crunchy which is why I do it separately. Lastly, pull those out and add the vine ripe tomatoes and sauté quickly. . . . Strain your pasta but save a 1/2 cup of the starch water. Toss the pasta with the tomatoes. Add your garlic herb butter (vegan or vegetarian). Add the water and let simmer. . . . Serve hot! Place your pasta on a dish and then stack with your veggies! Extremely simple, but very health conscious and low fat! . . . #meatlessmonday #nomeat #vegan #vegetarian #recipes #healthconcious #fitfam #quickandsimple #happytummy #saveourplanet #plantbased #freedom_preservationofthewild
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Everglades Day and Majorie Stoneman Douglas- April 7, 2019

Shero. Activist. Inspiration. Legacy.

All words to describe a woman I grew up revering as a modern goddess, in the sense of maternalism for wetlands.

Today, is Everglades Day and more importantly, Majorie Stoneman Douglas’ birthday. I learned about her greatness while in elementary school. Everything I know today about the importance of the Florida Everglades is a combination of living here and reading the work of Majorie.

While in law school, I wrote a paper about restoring the Florida Everglades. Majorie is one of the people who inspired that vision, but also brought to light why we MUST protect this wetland. Today, I would like to honor her by asking you to donate to the Friends of the Everglades Fund. They continue to fight for protection of the wetlands.

The Everglades is a one of a kind ecosystem, found only in Florida. Yes, there are other wetlands. Yes, there are other marshes. However, there is only one Florida Everglades. An ecosystem filled with so much biodiversity. Where the limestone and the aquifers are vital to the survival of Florida’s fresh drinking water. The animals and plant life depend on the restoration of the flow south.

The mangroves of the everglades acts of the first sign of defense when a hurricane wants to make landfall. Those roots are meant to dig deep into the ground and act as a natural barrier. The animals work together to carve the paths of the river and it flows and brings forth all the nutrients for plants and animal to survive.

Rapidly, we have destroyed the Everglades. Taking more and more land for development. By removing more water. Adding invasive plant and animal species which are destroying this once vibrant ecosystem. Lack of water flow from Lake Okeechobee is stifling the “River of Grass”, making it a barren wasteland.

The history stems all the way to the Army Corp of Engineers. I could sit here and talk about their involvement and the fact they destroyed the everglades creating all of these canals for waterfront properties. Also, the other culprits are those involved in “Big Sugar”, which is heavily lobbied here in Florida. Sugar = Poison. Yes, you read that correctly. Did you know the US subsidizes the price of sugar, just like they do gasoline! Mind-blowing. The East Agricultural Area is located right outside of Lake Okeechobee and that is where the water must be restore. Dilemma, that water is tainted and polluted. This is actually also the cause of the lovely Red Tide, I think you’ve heard of it. (The dumping of polluted water of the east and west coast of Florida, pouring into the estuaries. – FYI estuaries is where ALL baby sea life start, great start, poisoned water, but I digress).

What will you do to change your impact? We must stand up and speak to our government. Hold them accountable for the environmental atrocities and reckless negligence forced upon the Everglades.

I am doing my part, now it is your turn!

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