What do you do if your state is ignoring the threat of climate change and putting your home and family in peril? Well, if you’re a group of officials from South Miami, you take matters into your own hands and pass a proposal to secede from northern Florida and attempt to make a difference on your own!
According to The Sun Sentinel, South Miami Vice Mayor Walter Harris created the proposal due to his frustration with “Northern Florida’s apathy on the effects of climate change in South Florida.” As Harris told reporters, “We have to be able to deal directly with this environmental concern and we can’t really get it done in Tallahassee. I don’t care what people think — it’s not a matter of electing the right people.”
The proposal was put forward and passed at a city commission meeting after reports outlined that rising sea levels of between three to six feet would put Miami underwater in the next 100 years. Of course, this isn’t an issue that affects northern Florida, and southern Floridians have been getting increasingly angry at the lack of empathy or concern they’ve been shown. “North Florida is approximately 120 feet above sea level while the average elevation of South Florida is less than 50 feet with a very large portion of South Florida averaging less than 15 feet above seal level,” notes Harris’s proposition.
The resolution would allow the Sunshine State to split in half, with South Florida containing 24 counties, including Brevard, Orange, Polk, Hillsborough and Pinellas. However, the proposal must be approved by officials in each county that would make up the new state, and would need to be approved by Florida’s state legislature before going into effect. South Miami Mayor Phil Stoddard also expressed his anger at the north’s inactivity when he said: “It’s very apparent that the attitude of the northern part of the state is that they would just love to saw the state in half and just let us float off into the Caribbean.” This is obviously more than your average dispute between neighbors and could set a precedent for other states facing the wrath of climate change.
Via The Sun Sentinel