A Climate Bill of Rights for the Sarasota-Manatee Community

The City and County Commissions of Greater Sarasota-Manatee

An Appeal for Leadership to Secure our Region’s Future
from the Suncoast Climate Justice Coalition

Whereas:

  • I am a resident, worker, business owner, or frequent visitor of Greater Sarasota-Manatee;
  • I value Sarasota-Manatee’s unique history, character, and natural environment;
  • I have learned that global warming is caused by human behaviors and practices and is therefore reversible; and
  • I accept that Sarasota-Manatee is ground zero in its exposure to economic and environmental damage as well as human health issues due to rising sea level, a warming and acidifying Gulf, more extreme seasonal temperatures and intensifying hurricanes;

I hereby petition the leadership of Greater Sarasota-Manatee – especially the City and County Commissions – to respect the rights of our Community by:

  • Factoring in the reality of climate change and its consequential risks into all analysis, planning, policy, and decision-making relative to land use, transportation, economic development, and waste management;
  • Promoting an inclusive clean energy economy with family-wage jobs and career pathways, first and foremost by supporting resolutions and implementation strategies such as made by the Sarasota City Commission and 6 other Florida cities along with over one hundred more US cities and counties to transition to 100% clean, zero-emission energy;
  • Adopting a green building code that requires, for instance, all new construction to be energy and water efficient, solar ready, and adapted to the foreseeable consequences of climate change, thereby reducing operating and maintenance costs and increasing financial stability and resale value for homeowners;
  • Respecting and restoring the ecological services provided by natural areas, the urban forest, wetlands, and coastal habitats, without which our region's environmental quality and popular appeal will be greatly diminished; and
  • Continuing to improve the region’s infrastructure – including transportation, sanitation, stormwater management, and electricity grid – by phasing in modern and efficient systems, designs, and equipment that minimize resource use, abate pollution, and protect the area from future climate-related adversity.  

To: The City and County Commissions of Greater Sarasota-Manatee
From: [Your Name]

​An Appeal for Leadership to Secure our Region’s Future

Whereas:

• I am a resident, worker, business owner, or frequent visitor of Greater Sarasota-Manatee;

• I value Sarasota-Manatee’s unique history, character, and natural environment;

• I have learned that global warming is caused by human behaviors and practices and is therefore reversible; and

• I accept that Sarasota-Manatee is ground zero in its exposure to economic and environmental damage as well as human health issues due to rising sea level, a warming and acidifying Gulf, more extreme seasonal temperatures and intensifying hurricanes;

I hereby petition the leadership of Greater Sarasota-Manatee – especially the City and County Commissions – to respect the rights of our Community by:

• Factoring in the reality of climate change and its consequential risks into all analysis, planning, policy, and decision-making relative to land use, transportation, economic development, and waste management;

• Promoting an inclusive clean energy economy with family-wage jobs and career pathways, first and foremost by supporting resolutions and implementation strategies such as made by the Sarasota City Commission and 6 other Florida cities along with over one hundred more US cities and counties to transition to 100% clean, zero-emission energy;

• Adopting a green building code that requires, for instance, all new construction to be energy and water efficient, solar ready, and adapted to the foreseeable consequences of climate change, thereby reducing operating and maintenance costs and increasing financial stability and resale value for homeowners;

• Respecting and restoring the ecological services provided by natural areas, the urban forest, wetlands, and coastal habitats, without which our region's environmental quality and popular appeal will be greatly diminished; and

• Continuing to improve the region’s infrastructure – including transportation, sanitation, stormwater management, and electricity grid – by phasing in modern and efficient systems, designs, and equipment that minimize resource use, abate pollution, and protect the area from future climate-related adversity.