The American Conservative Climate Rally, a conference organized by the American Conservative Coalition and members of the Republican Party to address environmental issues affecting the state of Florida and the country, was held last Saturday at Bayfront Park in the city of Miami.
The event was attended by Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, Coral Gables Mayor Vince Lago, Florida State Senator Ileana Garcia, among other members of the conservative party, as well as over a hundred attendees.
During the event, different speakers explained the influence that Republicans have historically led the way in environmental issues. One example of this was Theodore Roosevelt, who was a pioneer in promoting conservationist policies.
Over the past few decades, Florida has faced major challenges such as the impact of the hurricane season, and the last administrations have deployed a great number of resources to protect the environment from natural disasters.
For Francis Suarez,public events should be held to address the situation and develop plans to prevent future catastrophes.
In April, the city’s leadership began preparing to adapt to climate change with a plan that involves the investment of more than $3.8 billion over 40 years to mitigate the risk of future flooding due to rising sea levels.
Last month, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed two bills into law that will leave the state better prepared for future flooding.
The bills are SB 1954 and SB 2514. The legislation requires the Department of Environmental Protection to submit an annual plan for up to $100 million in local flood and sea-level rise projects. Local governments can apply for this state money and the department will rank the requests. The Republican has also rolled out an ambitious plan to treat and preserve the waters of the Everglades.
Suárez addressed all these issues in a short interview El American. He said that he will keep talking about issues that are of interest to all young people in the communities.
“The Republican Party needs to talk about the issues that affect young people in our community if they want to win elections. This is one of the most important issues for this generation. It is important because we see the effects dramatically here in Miami,” said Suarez.
Efforts against climate change
Suárez explained that the Miami Mayor’s Office has allocated resources to address climate change and prevent its effects from harming citizens.
“We have dedicated resources, more than any other city, to this issue. All of this has been done through voter approval, so I’m very proud to be able to organize this movement with these young people and with the Republican Party on this issue where we think we can win rather than concede.”
He also indicated that he has projects that will help improve economic growth.
“I would love to foster or create a climate technology industry here in Miami,” he continued. “I am going to do everything I can, with all the contacts I have, to see if we can create an industry that does not really exist right now, we have to do channel our efforts in that direction.”