ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Our Florida panter family is located at ZooTampa at Lowry Park’s front entrance (1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33604).

You can visit the statue as it melts now through September 24th to see what message it reveals or follow @CLEOInstitute to see it!

Please wear a mask and practice social distancing while you are there.

If you take a photo or a video with it, please tag @cleoinstitute.org and use #FLClimateCrisis.

CLIMATE IMPACTS ON TAMPA

With a population of over 400,000 people, there are hundreds of billions of dollars in assets under assault from winds, storm surges, coastal flooding, and sea-level rise. From our health to our economy, everything is at risk. The American Lung Associations’ State of the Air Report gave Hillsborough County a failing grade when it comes to ground-level ozone gas pollution. A report from consulting firm McKinsey, shows that Pinellas, Citrus, and Manatee counties as three of the nine Florida counties facing the greatest property devaluation by 2050.

As you can imagine, not everyone will feel the impacts of the climate crisis in the same way in Tampa. A report by the United Ways of Florida’s central west coast (Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Sarasota counties) announced 43% of household in the region struggle to pay for basic needs such as housing, child care, food, transportation, health care, and technology. This also means people do not have the financial resources to protect their homes from hurricanes or flooding. They are not able to evacuate and are more vulnerable to extreme heat. However, more needs to be done to protect Tampa, Florida, and our planet, because we’re all connected. Tampa is not alone in the climate crisis, from the wildfires in California to the ice melts in Greenland and severe flooding in the midwest, we are all facing more climate crisis-related impacts because our global warming pollution is more than our planet can handle.

WE NEED YOUR HELP

We are all in this together, which is why we need your help. Florida is the most vulnerable state to climate change impacts in the U.S. Whether you live here, vacation here, or simply cherish our unique biodiversity that lives here, we would love for you to do the following pledge:

I ACKNOWLEDGE that, because of human activity and our global warming pollution, the Earth’s climate is changing.

I BELIEVE that the climate crisis is a threat multiplier to our economy, health, security, and overall well-being.

I STAND UNITED with concerned Floridians to protect our air, our water, our climate, and our communities by supporting climate mitigation and adaptation strategies throughout our great state.

TO ACHIEVE THESE STRATEGIES, I PLEDGE TO SUPPORT:

Climate resilience efforts including updated planning and zoning, increased sustainable transportation, improved access to housing, emergency preparedness, and sea-level rise adaptation.

Community involvement in decision making to ensure a just transition to a clean and sustainable future.

 

100% clean, renewable energy initiatives.

We also want our elected officials to know that bolder climate action is needed, which is why we ask you to sign the Florida Climate Pledge below and let them know that more needs to be done to protect the future of our state and our planet.  Even though our individual actions are important, we really need support from elected officials to pass impactful climate policies.