Each week, the Orlando Sentinel asks two questions of 100 community leaders in Central Florida. Those with access to the online Sentinel can read all of this week’s 100-word responses when there are published online, usually late Saturday. For those without access, my responses are below. Selected responses appear in the Sunday print edition.
What was the biggest story of the week?
The efforts of the Water Protectors in Standing Rock are continuing to gain attention. The Dakota Access pipeline in question highlights issues of environmental justice. Too often, we are willing to put marginalized communities at risk for the benefit of a dominant culture unwilling to locate a hazard in their own backyards, As the peaceful protesters have increasingly met with a militarized response and numerable arrests, calls have gone out for support. Now clergy, from a number of faith traditions including my own Unitarian Universalist Association, are joining thousands of protesters and drawing attention to this critical issue.
What will be the biggest story in the coming week?
This week, I predict that harmful Amendment 1 will be soundly defeated. With this misleading initiative on the part of the fossil fuel companies behind us, we can turn from defending solar energy to promoting it. Central Florida’s solar advocates have already helped many homeowners through the process that allows them to produce their household electricity on their own roofs. Their efforts have now gone statewide with the formation of FLSUN. Meanwhile, next steps toward true environmental justice include increasing access for lower income property owners and renters. It’s time to let the sun shine all across our sunshine state.
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