The Indian River is one of the most ecologically diverse waterways in North America, and it is in trouble. It has been in trouble for a long time. And one of the main reasons is that it’s seen as nothing more than a cash cow, a resource to be used up, and a backdrop for photographs to sell the image of the Space Coast while we allow its precious ecology to be destroyed.
The current slate of commissioners has been looking at short-term economics only. “What can we get out of this? How much revenue can the Inlet, the beaches, and Indian River bring?” On the Commission are developers and Chamber of Commerce presidents. It has been a long time since anyone on the Commission has had a mind for science and ecology. And all 122 miles of the Indian River plus six inlets from the ocean—not to mention the turtles, seabirds, dolphins, whales, and all the sea-life—depend on bringing science and common sense back to the Commission. It is time to fix what we have broken.
So I'm running for Seat 5. I want to make sure we still have a river to enjoy—a living river, for us, for our children and their children and all their tomorrows, not just for developers today. It’s also for the plants and animals that call this area home. This isn't just about us: we share this world. Ecology is more than what is seen on the surface. And we need to remember that.
I have degrees in science as well as a Master’s in education with over two decades in instruction in science and communications. I am an author and long-time environmentalist who has been in the trenches of the deep-ecology movement. Now I want to work to make real change from the inside out.
We need to be good stewards, to look for what is sustainable in the long-term and not to act out of short-term profit or expediency. If you live in Brevard County, south of Rockledge (Districts 3, 4 and 5), or south through Indian River County to south of Vero Beach, please vote for sustainability, for science, for stewardship. Please vote for me.
Please consider helping financially, if you can. We don't need much, but we need some. And with just enough financial assistance, we can win this race and help make one of the most ecologically diverse waterways in North America healthy again.
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August 8, 2018