Everglades Coalition convenes 36th annual, first virtual Conference on Feb. 2-5, 2021

Public invited to attend complimentary Everglades 101 virtual sessions on Feb. 2
By: Everglades Coalition
SAINT PETERSBURG, Fla. - Feb. 3, 2021 - PRLog -- The Everglades Coalition convenes its 36th annual conference Feb. 2-5, 2021 with the theme "Equitable Everglades," highlighting the need to preserve and restore the diversity of ecosystems that comprise the greater Everglades and to look at Everglades protection and restoration efforts with a lens centered on equity and justice: lifting voices, stories and perspectives of frontline and marginalized communities.

This year's conference will be held virtually and is accessible to Everglades stakeholders across the state and nation. The four-day event features speakers and educational breakout sessions on a variety of topics relevant to the restoration of America's Everglades, with a special focus on the need to include diverse perspectives and goals in the ongoing work to achieve ecosystem restoration. Attendees include scientists, educators, conservationists, the media, students and concerned citizens, as well as decision-makers and representatives from federal, state, local, and tribal governments.

"While we will miss gathering in person, the virtual conference is an opportunity to bring together diverse voices with each participant gaining a greater understanding of the issues impacting the Everglades and expanding the dialogue on how to achieve a truly 'Equitable Everglades' ," said Marisa Carrozzo, co-chair of the Everglades Coalition and Everglades & water policy manager at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.

"Restoring the Everglades requires the collaboration of multiple partners at the local, state and federal levels, and this conference offers an excellent opportunity to engage stakeholders and accelerate our mission towards Everglades restoration," added Mark Perry, co-chair of the Everglades Coalition and executive director of the Florida Oceanographic Society.

Conference sessions cover a range of critical topics, including: the connection between Everglades restoration, climate change and justice; a progress report on Florida's response to harmful algae blooms; issues surrounding Lake Okeechobee water levels; and the need to implement a bold vision to restore America's Everglades. The conference will also highlight special sessions dedicated to featuring stories from forgotten voices and current perspectives from throughout the Greater Everglades.

The public is invited to participate in a complimentary virtual session, Everglades 101, on Tuesday, Feb. 2 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This session is open to the public and appropriate for all audiences – from beginners to experts. Both English and Spanish language sessions are available. EvergladesCoalition.org (http://www.evergladescoalition.org/).

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