So between the flooding and the drought and Hurricane Ian, things have gotten a lot worse for Americans lately. What are some steps that we can do as private citizens — besides voting?
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Get to know your neighbors. Get involved in your community and find out who leads and who makes decisions that impact lives. Start small at the community level and work your way up. It can be very overwhelming even for seasoned community leaders like me to take it all on, all at once. Instead, work incrementally and in a way that sustains your energy.
When I was growing up, my parents knew all of my neighbors. Now we don’t. But within the EcoMadres program, we have Cafecitos, and it’s literally just moms getting together to have a cup of coffee and finding out as we’re chitchatting, “Hey, you know what? My kids are getting sick and your kids are getting sick. What’s the connection here? And what’s it tied to?” We cannot underestimate the power of coming together for a common cause.
A lot of politicians and leaders like to use that veteran card whenever possible, and they’re always preaching that they care about the environment– but they stick very much to their side of the aisle. – Yaritza Perez
The last couple of years have been really bad. Hurricane Ian definitely exacerbated issues around access to safe housing, clean air and clean water. For example, the water is now contaminated because there’s a leak somewhere within the sewage department. Suddenly, we are confronted with constant worry about our families’ well-being and survival. There are streets that are flooded that have never flooded before, so those residents weren’t prepared to handle that amount of water.
Meanwhile, a lot of politicians and leaders like to use that veteran card whenever possible, and they’re always preaching that they care about the environment– but they stick very much to their side of the aisle. This is frustrating because clean air and clean water are not partisan issues.
Yet, I’m uplifted by the many residents that I work with here in Florida who want to serve this country. Deep down, don’t most of us–in one way, shape, or form–want to serve, right? What a great way to be able to serve your country by keeping it clean.