The pursuit of progress can be blinding. And in Florida, it has had a devastating effect on the natural world around us.

You’ve probably seen Jeff VanderMeer’s recent article, “The Annihilation of Florida: An Overlooked National Tragedy,” featured in Current Affairs. In it, he details the many environmental horrors that have come from accelerated and uninhibited growth in Florida and the challenges we are likely to encounter still in the face of climate change.

Now we offer you the opportunity to hear from the author himself. In a virtual Clean Water Conversation on June 30, Jeff VanderMeer will join Friends of the Everglades executive director, Eve Samples, to discuss the alarming facts detailed in Jeff’s reporting.

These threats to Florida’s remaining wild spaces are what Friends of the Everglades is fighting every day to stop, and we can only face these challenges head-on with eyes wide open.

This enlightening conversation will be streamed directly to our Facebook page and our YouTube channel from 12 – 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 30. Register now to join us.