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Roe, Roe, Roe Your Vote

I am not the tallest nor biggest person walking the planet but I do see myself as a strong, fierce, young woman. I believe to my core that our great nation should always embrace equality in every realm of our society whether that’s related to sex, gender, economics, race, environment, or any other measure. And I believe that our exquisite Constitution should protect each of us by providing us the undeniable right to make our own choices about our bodies and, for that matter, to be able to enjoy a safe, clean environment free of pollution. So, yes, the news that the current sitting Supreme Court would overturn a long-established law that is so important to so many people’s health, welfare, and freedoms is deeply disappointing. But at the same time it is not surprising whatsoever.

The Roberts Court, April 23, 2021   Seated from left to right: Justices Samuel A. Alito, Jr. and Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor   Standing from left to right: Justices Brett M. Kavanaugh, Elena Kagan, Neil M. Gorsuch, and Amy Coney Barrett.   Photograph by Fred Schilling, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

This summer’s Supreme Court decision is not “just” the result of the sitting justices’ decisions, but decades of political strategy and steps taken all over this country to reverse Roe v. Wade, and the foundation of that effort is the most cherished part of America’s democracy: your right to vote for your political leaders.

When I speak publicly about our climate crisis the number one question (by far) that I am asked from audiences of all ages is “Delaney, what can I do to solve the problem?” And, while people often want to talk about replacing their incandescent lights, installing a solar power system, or evolving to electric vehicles, each an example of wonderful steps and solutions that I enthusiastically encourage, the answer to that question to is vote as if your life and our future depends on it. And that’s because our lives, freedoms, and, yes, very future are directly linked to you and I electing leaders at every level of our government that share our concerns. And to do that each of us must make voting our solemn duty. A priority and act like it is exactly what it is: a privilege at the very core of our democracy.

If you, like me, don’t like the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization 5-4 majority decision that will surely lead to the fall of Roe and will almost certainly open the flood gates to states all over the country to enact laws outlawing abortion in some fashion, if not entirely, then you can control what happens next in our collective futures. You control that future by voting for the people in your local community, state, and our country that make the issues you feel are important their priority and that share the passions, ideals, and solutions you feel should be embraced and implemented is the critical key.

Dog catcher. Sheriff. School Board. City/County/Town Commission and Mayor. Judges. If Roe should teach America a single civics lesson, it’s how important electing Judges that support your concerns are to protecting what we cherish. State offices of every type whether Commissioner of Agriculture, Finance, Insurance or the Governor. And yes, your House of Representative and Senator, the folks you send to Washington, and, of course, President. Every office. Every election.

I am still young but I have voted in every election I’ve been eligible to cast a vote in. I’ve made voting a priority and that’s what each of us should do or else we should expect a lot more decisions like Dobbs (Roe) to follow on a range of critical issues including equality and, yes, our environment. But here’s the thing, a pathetic number of Americans are registered to vote and of those that are, an even smaller number actually vote and until that changes we are deeply vulnerable.

Of those 18 and older only 73% of eligible Americans are registered to vote. In the most recent Presidential election, a national event that nearly always sees the largest number of voters go to the polls (or fill out mail in ballots), only 66.8% of registered voters actually voted. And that was in one of the most divisive elections in our nation’s history, an election that set records for voter turnout as compared to any other election this century. From the U.S. Census here are the numbers:


Look at those numbers again. Barely more than ½ of all registered voters actually vote! Guess what? Those who want to elect leaders who want to end Roe, protect fossil fuel use, eliminate various marital rights, and attack countless other freedoms that an enlightened society should embrace darn well know that Americans are apathetic about voting. And those that want to destroy those hard fought freedoms, or our environment, have weaponized something you and I can control, our vote. Those that want to live in the past, leave things including things that are terribly broken alone or take America backwards, are doing everything in their power to ensure that enough people that support their views vote for their candidates.

Don’t believe me?

Then watch local school boards all over America politicized in an evangelical way by striking fear in communities over the notion that Critical Race Theory (“CRT” as one ad I heard on the radio this summer in Monroe County [the Florida Keys] called it) is being taught in primary schools despite evidence that that is not true. Or watch some of those running for State Treasurer or Chief Financial Officer roles make clear that by electing them they will not allow that state to support “woke” businesses become more sustainable at the peril of those that are polluting our environment into extinction.

Or, of course, consider that in 2016 barely 61% of registered voters showed up to elect a now twice impeached snake oil salesman President who, in turn, had the honor of appointing not one, not two, but three (Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett) Supreme Court Justices whose conservative philosophies followed his and his followers’ beliefs and in the process created a majority decision that eliminated Roe.

So, yes, I am very disappointed in the Dobbs decision that will certainly destroy an important, 50+ year old, established law (Roe) designed to protect women’s rights. But am I surprised? No, not at all. And that’s because we must do far better at answering the question I am so often asked (What can I do to help?) by voting in every election to ensure the leaders we want, whether in the courthouse or the statehouse or the White House, is who wins.

Primary elections are taking place this summer and mid-term, general elections take place this fall. Voting is easy and, as I hope I’ve made clear, incredibly important. If you can’t drive to the polls, ask a friend for a ride or take an Uber. Better yet, go with a group and make it a party! And if you can’t vote in person then go online and request a mail-in ballot but for gosh sake VOTE and keep voting for the rest of your life as if your lives and our futures depend on it (because they do).

In Florida to obtain a mail in ballot, visit

BREAKING NEWS: Florida Youth Score Historic Victory Against The Cause of Climate Change

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I am extremely pleased to share the news that Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) have officially granted the Petition that three friends and I submitted to the State of Florida last month, an effort supported by hundreds of young people all over Florida, that will now result in the State starting a formal process to create the rules needed to transition our state’s electrical energy system to one based entirely (100%) on renewable energy by 2050. It is not an understatement to say that today’s news is the biggest step in Florida’s history to address the causes of climate change while also pushing the state towards its sustainable, clean energy future. Today’s news places Florida at the leadership forefront of the worldwide shift towards sustainable power and away from the fossil fuel pollution that is causing our climate crisis and putting places all over our state at the very real risk of extinction from sea level rise if we don’t take such action immediately.

Submitted on January 5th, our Petition and its proposed rule called on the FDACS to require “each electric utility that produces or purchases electricity for consumption in the State of Florida” to set and achieve goals to generate 100% of Florida’s electricity from renewable energy by 2050. The goals proposed in our Petition for Rulemaking were drawn from energy experts who have concluded that it is economically and technically feasible to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2050. Other experts have found that transitioning to renewable energy would create 222,082 construction jobs and 90,727 ongoing well-paying operational jobs, reduce energy costs for consumers, and save lives.

In addition to being America’s third largest state by population, Florida is also sadly the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the United States. As of 2020 only 4.3% of Florida’s energy came from renewable sources, while natural gas, an energy source that produces methane, one of the most harmful pollutants on earth and a chemical, like carbon dioxide, directly causing our climate crisis, made up 75% of Florida’s electricity system. And that’s happening in a place called the “Sunshine State!” Meanwhile, citizens and communities in Florida are increasingly experiencing the devastating impacts of the climate crisis: rising sea levels and resultant flooding, beach erosion and damage to coastal property, extreme damage to marine ecosystems, spread of infectious diseases, increased severity of storms and extreme weather events, and suffering tourism, agriculture, and recreation industries. In 2011, the Florida legislature mandated FDACS to set goals to increase the use of renewable energy and reduce the state’s dependence on fossil fuels but in over a decade since then, has done nothing to begin that process. By adopting the proposed rule submitted by my friends and me, Commissioner Fried can now bring the FDACS into compliance with this law, over a decade after it was enacted, and take an important step that others in our country and around the world can follow.

Last Friday the FDACS responded to us by issuing something called a Notice of Development of Rulemaking, which is the first official and formal step in the process towards promulgating a rule under Florida law. As we requested in our Petition the rulemaking will address “the gradual phaseout of energy production from non-renewable sources.” The FDACS will likely hold a public workshop before issuing a proposed rule that will be subject to public notice and comment before being finalized. In speaking to my friends and me Commissioner Fried said, “What you all do inspires those of us in elected office. You hold us accountable, making sure that we are doing good by our constituents.”

“This rulemaking to increase the use of renewable energy and phase out the use of fossil fuels is easily the strongest climate policy the state of Florida has proposed in over a decade,” said Andrea Rodgers, one of the Our Children’s Trust attorneys representing the youth petitioners. “Youth in Florida have acted, and we are pleased their elected leaders have responded. Now the real work begins to ensure that FDACS issues a final rule that follows the science and is as strong as it needs to be to address the climate emergency that prompted these youth to stand up for their fundamental rights in the first place.”

I agree with my friend Andrea, this is an incredible victory for the State of Florida and for our planet and I want to thank the youth of Florida for their passionate support of our petition. Thanks especially to Valholly, Isaac and Levi, my co-Petitioners in this effort and three of the seven young Floridians that also stood with me during our landmark climate lawsuit, Reynolds v. The State of Florida, in 2018. I also want to thank everyone at Our Children’s Trust for their hard work and for embracing the dire concern so many young people in Florida have over what the climate crisis is doing to our fragile state, much less the urgent need for us to address the causes of this damage before its too late. Thanks to Andrea, Mitch, Paul, David, as well as Susan. And, of course, thanks as well to Commissioner Fried and her staff for doing what I’ve called the right thing, the bold thing, and the thing that the state had not done in over a decade despite long having a mandate to create the change that addresses the causes of our climate crisis here in Florida.

And while this is an incredibly important and positive step towards our sustainable energy future there is no time to celebrate. Frankly, there is an enormous amount of work to be done to establish the required formal rules and commence the changes that our environment so desperately needs. That said, I realistically expect those that want to continue to put their profits over the pollution they cause to fight our every step and to work hard to delay the changes to their businesses that are essential to our solving our climate crisis. This fight will never be easy, but the stakes are far too important to allow the antiquated approaches that are now in place to continue to cause damage. On behalf of youth in Florida please know that we are up to the task and the fight. I sure am. Our future and our environment are at stake here and we are committed to ensuring that the state of Florida shifts to sustainable energy use and in doing so leads the world into the future.

Given the incredibly positive news of the day allow me to end on a positive thought. Here’s to hoping that every one of our elected leaders, utilities and related stakeholders will set their differences, politics, rhetoric, fears and yes, profits, aside and do the right thing for our environment and future. Transitioning to an energy system that is 100% based on clean, sustainable, power is a noble goal that each of us should aspire too. Be bold. Do the right thing. And do it with the transparency and speed that Florida deserves. That’s my hope for what comes next now that our Petition has been accepted and I hope that you will join me as we work to eliminate the cause of the climate crisis.

How About Earth Day Becomes Every Day?

When I was a young child we would celebrate Earth Day at school each year. There would be decorations, Earth-shaped cookies, and special events tailored towards our planet. It was a fun way to celebrate mother nature while learning about our wondrous natural environment.

Somewhere over the last few years, perhaps when I was nearing the end of High School or more recently while in college, Earth Day has evolved into Earth Week. Major corporations and media outlets now create a variety programs to celebrate our environment while bringing awareness to a range of important topics such as water degradation, plastic pollution in our oceans, and many more, of course including our climate crisis.


Where five years ago as a High School Freshman I was asked to speak on Earth Day at our local zoo, this week I have spent nearly every day making a presentation, giving a speech or doing one thing or another for folks celebrating Earth Week. I have, for example, given the keynote speech for the Climate Innovation Challenge from CAVU, as well as acted as a judge for the competition; spoke at World Creativity and Innovation Day/Week for the United Nations twice; participated in a panel discussion for the University of Miami Student Government ECO Board; been interviewed by my college radio station (WVUM), NBC Universal, and more.

Showcase MCThe evolution to Earth Week is glorious but it’s not enough. Not nearly so. If we are ever going to actually, truly change things for the better in a lasting way it will require everyone on earth living their lives with our natural environment in their hearts and on their minds every day of the year. That’s a big goal but I believe that it’s possible based on how far we’ve come in just a few years of my own life and how serious youth in my generation are about protecting our natural environment. If we can just add the other 51 weeks of the year, every year, then I am confident we can protect this special place we call home for future generations.

So, what do you say? How about every day becomes Earth Day by 2030 if not sooner? Mother Nature needs our help and I know you can do it!

Happy Earth Day (Week) and soon to be Year everyone!

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