Florida painter, Everglades, Marco Island, artist Jo-Ann Sanborn


Everglades Restoration, Morning Walk daily painting by Everglades artist JoAnn Sanborn

Morning Walk
5x7, acrylic on board

Looks like the Everglades will lose again, as discussed in this New York Times article a few days ago. Florida's plan to reclaim these ancient wetlands is instead on track to rescue the fortunes of United States Sugar.

It is so frustrating to see money allotted for the Glades disappear into the gaping hole of politics today. "What you have is just another step in the category of kicking the ball down the road and chasing it,” said Alan Farago, the conservation chairman of Friends of the Everglades.

Historically, we've had Presidents and Governors who did the right thing, preserving the land. Today, I'm running into people every day who talk the talk but feel no need to actually walk the walk. This goes for our commitments to each other, to our businesses, our politics, and those responsible for the land we live on.

For the Everglades, business as usual may mean that it will be another generation, if ever, before the Everglades may get the help that it needs to survive. This national treasure, unique in the world, loses again. So do we, the taxpayers and citizens, who believe the world can be better in the future if we just take some action now.


Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Big sugar, big oil, good luck taking them on. Where's Al Gore when you need him? In the meantime, Jo-Ann, you keep painting, you keep preserving, you'll be the William Wendt of Florida.

Jo-Ann Sanborn said...

Hope you're right, Kelley. I'm just an artist, not an activist, but it's so frustrating!

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