After Election Environmentalists Organize

Nov 15, 2016

Credit Regan McCarthy WFSU News

The president elect of the United States is known as a climate change denier and that has some environmental activists saying now is the time to organize.

After the presidential election, Kim Ross with Rethink Energy Florida says some people unhappy with the results are looking for an outlet.

"We’re seeing people realize, ‘oh hey wait a minute, we can’t just sit back and rely on our elected leaders to do something. We actually need to take action,” Ross says.

Ross is encouraging activists to channel that energy into opposition to oil and natural gas pipelines, including the Sabal Trail pipeline in South Georgia. Ross says leaks in the pipeline could lead to a spill that could contaminate Florida drinking water. But she says more importantly, the pipeline supports a type of energy use that’s associated with global warming.

“We have a legacy to leave for our children around climate change and the more we support the development of infrastructure that allows for fossil fuel extraction, the more we’re going to be dependent on it as a nation and the hard it’s going to be to get off of when really we should be leaving everything in the ground and investing in renewable energy,” Ross says.

Ross and her organization are calling on President Barack Obama to use the remainder of his time in office to stop pipeline construction and increase the focus on renewable energy sources.