Activists Will Use Super Bowl To Raise Awareness About The Environment

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When thousands of people attend and millions of People Watch the Super Bowl in Miami on Sunday? Environmental groups hope that some people will look beyond the stadium. They want to use the super bowl to raise awareness about ocean health and the everglades. Here's Alexandra consolidate of our member station. WWL R N Jose Melendez Melendez was visiting Miami from his hometown of San Francisco decked out in Bright Red Forty Niners Jersey. But he's not attending the game. I'm not going can't afford artist expensive Melendez instead was here at a free festival put on by the local host committee that includes an environmental village. I was shocked to see all this environment. This is different. There were virtual reality headsets. That took people underwater without getting wet. You're going to slide this on your face. Scenic coral. FEC's Miami has hosted the Super Bowl eleven times times more than any other city. But it's the first time that the local host committee has decided to make this kind of awareness campaign focused on the environment they call it ocean to everglades everglades. Hard Rock Stadium sits right in the middle from the Atlantic Ocean into the everglades to its west. Eric I can Burg wants the nonprofit everglades foundation station one of the groups putting on this campaign but when they turn on the tap at home to drink water to wash their cars go in their poll. Whatever it might be the water supply that they're benefiting from comes from the everglades millions of Floridians get their drinking water from the biscuit aquaphor located under the everglades? That's partly why. Some environmentalists environmentalists are calling for restoration of the so called river of grass. The large source of underground freshwater depends on the health of the wetlands. I Burke says says the focus is not only on the everglades but also plastics in the ocean invasive species and algae blooms the last six years. We've had states of emergency due due to red tide and blue-green algae so this has become mainstream Florida's Republican governor got involved with the effort Rhonda Santa's announced the launch of the Super Bowl campaign reign on Earth Day. Last year. He really see how just the average citizen regardless of party regardless of part of the state you know they all WanNa see Florida's environment tended to under the previous governor and now Senator Rick Scott. Staffers couldn't use words like climate change but descent appointed floridas first chief science officer and proposed more than six hundred million dollars for everglades restoration and water quality projects. Frank Jacqueline heads the Florida chapter of the Sierra Club. His group wasn't involved volved the Super Bowl but says the game can be a platform to talk about ways to fight the causes of climate change in some ways. Were misleading the public by not talking about Out The bigger crises that are facing south Florida. The biggest one of all is climate change and sea level rise. According to the National Oceanic an atmosphere administration global sea level is likely to rise at least a foot by the end of the century. Jack alone says in another fifty years Miami might not be able to host another super bowl. That's how fast it's going to take for the sea level rise to make life really bad in Miami fans of Sunday's Sunday's game we'll be cheering on the two football teams but these advocates hope that everyone at the Super Bowl will also route for the environment for N._p._R.. News I'm Alexander Gonzales in Miami.

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