FSP advocates reducing and eventually halting Florida's excessive rate of population increase by taking action on measures aimed at all of population growth causes. However, the overwhelming cause of Florida's booming population growth is domestic and international immigration. (See Florida Growth Sources). The Center for Immigration Studies estimates that one-half to two-thirds of Florida's growth in the 1990's is attributable to foreign immigrants in that decade and the offspring of all foreign-born women in Florida.
Unlimited population growth is not inevitable!! Congress gave us mass immigration by policy changes in 1965. Congress can fix it by adopting policy changes that will return legal immigration to traditional levels of approximately 235,000 annually. And, Congress can require strict enforcement on illegal immigrants by adequately funding internal policing, by enforcing employer sanctions, by enacting E-Verify, and by forsaking massive amnesties.
Reducing the flow of domestic migration is a thornier problem than reversing the tidal wave of foreign immigration and will have to depend on a wiser accounting of what our resource base can tolerate -- without degrading a decent standard of living with lower consumption levels. Climate change and ocean rise makes Florida even more precarious.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." -- Margaret Mead, the famous anthropologist
"Talk is cheap...It is the way we organize and use our lives everyday that tells what we believe in." -- Caesar Chavez, organizer and leader of the California lettuce and grape boycotts to improve working conditions for farm workers, 1970'a and 1980's
The first step in protecting our country's environmental integrity is awareness, then information gathering, and then a commitment to action -- unrelenting action.
Each of us is capable of doing more than fretting. Even YOU can make the difference.
Here is How: