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Natural Awakenings Naples and Fort Myers

Environmentally Speaking: Unite for Clean Water

At 6 p.m. on November 10. we will publicly present the next stage of our citizens’ initiative on zoom ( This is a critical meeting of clean water Floridians, because we must achieve certain benchmarks by specific times to ensure we get to the 900,000 signatures no later than November 30, 2023.

By March 1, we must reach 223,000 signed petitions to trigger Florida Supreme Court review, and raise at least $1 million in funds to kick off paid petitioning operations.

From December 1 through February 28 (three months) anyone—organizations, businesses, groups or individuals—will be able to click into statewide operations (focused at the county level) and help achieve such objectives.

From November 10 (or beforehand) until December 1, every Floridian organization, business or group that stands for clean water should learn about, discuss and commit in whatever capacity to make this happen.

On November 10, we will provide organizational guidelines, training, resources and special instructions to any person, business or nonprofit organization that would like to help. 

Share this information with everyone. Make plans with friends to go out most Saturdays at the farmers market or community events to collect signatures. Ask local businesses to become petition locations. Help promote Right to Clean Water events and volunteer opportunities, and collect signatures from friends, family and neighbors.

“With your help, we can bring this initiative to amend Florida's constitution to the voters in November 2024, so the people can decide whether we should hold our state agencies accountable for harm to Florida's waters,” says Joseph Bonasia, Florida Rights of Nature Network Chair and Campaign Communications Coordinator.

Be sure to download the petition at, sign and send it to 13300 S. Cleveland Ave., Ste. 56, Fort Myers, FL 33906, or your regional coordinator. Subscribe to

Environmentally speaking is intended to alert, inform and educate residents of Collier and Lee counties about educational events and threats that challenge our unique and delicate Southwest Florida ecosystem.