Jeff VanderMeer is a realist — but that doesn’t mean he’s without hope for the future of wild Florida.
During today’s Clean Water Conversation, the bestselling author and Tallahassee resident talked with Friends of the Everglades Executive Director Eve Samples about his recent article in Current Affairs, “The Annihilation of Florida: An Overlooked National Tragedy.”
Jeff discussed special interests that work against environmental protection in Florida, the rapid pace of habitat loss, and the expanses of Florida’s wilderness that still need to be protected. Several football fields-worth of forest and other valuable habitat are cleared every day in Florida. And we have 11 million acres of wetlands that remain vulnerable, down from 20 million acres prior to the 1800s.
Jeff also talked about what he’s doing in his own backyard — literally — to protect biodiversity.
If you missed the event today, you can watch the full recording below.