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Let's collaborate

Letter to the Editor

November 22, 2016
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Let's collaborate

To the Editor:

With our water quality being completely disrespected and our leadership completely just concerned, we clean water activist groups plan to take a more aggressive boat into these murky waters so to speak. ?We as activists will come forward strongly on numerous topics including the Lake Okeechobee discharges and the Sabal Trail pipeline project.

Granted, we are not the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, nor are we the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation, nor are we the Sierra Club or any other group has been doing this for ump-teen years. To make a clear we are the street activists, and at this point raising the most attention throughout the past year to the Lake Okeechobee discharges by being on the street and protesting and not to mention mastering social media to get the message out globally.

We've been to DC; we've been to the state Capitol; we've been to every county in Florida, speaking individually as a clean water movement activism group. We've set up water councils across Florida to battle against the Sabal Trail pipeline project. What we ask for is collaboration not isolation when it comes to all the ecological groups in Southwest Florida including the activists.

I am asking for all of you to come together for one special meeting with eco-experts, activists and great minds alike for Southwest Florida. For all of us to get on the same page because we know you need the numbers, that's much better than one spokesperson for one organization. We have so many different organizations that the message for the fix is getting muddled. I call for an immediate planned action meeting after the holidays to be held at a location of choice. ?

Weaver Street activists have already started to plan massive bus trips the Governor Scott's office in Tallahassee, Governor Scott's house in Naples and of course to protest against anyone or any agency that we deem as responsible for ruining our ecosystem and our waterways' quality of life.

We played with you all for unity, not division, so we offer our handout to join together and educate the masses supporting each other, not looking the other way when activism group show up as opposed to ecological organizations. We all know between the groups such as, the Captains for Clean Water and the Southwest Florida Clean Water Movement that the people are responding to us as activists more so than any politician or any ecological organization that would be deemed as mainstream. The only solution for us as people is that we work together. Clean water is a basic human right.?Name the place, name the date and let's collaborate?.

John G Heim



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