New study shows SWFL more needs to be done on climate change

Reporter: Gina Tomlinson
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A majority of people in Southwest Florida don’t think enough is being done to stop climate change, according to a new study by The Conservancy of Southwest Florida.

“One of the biggest impacts of climate change is increased storminess, increased extreme weather events and certainly Hurricane Irma was one of those,” said The Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s director of science conservancy Kathy Worley.

Scientists say Hurricane Irma triggered a wake-up call for people living in Southwest Florida. Add in the algae blooms and red tide, people like Charlotte Cabral from Naples say they’re concerned our environment is at risk.

“I’m really worried about the future,” Cabral said.

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida released a climate change study it conducted.

The study shows Southwest Floridians believe there’s never been a more important time to start fighting climate change.

The study says more than 90 percent residents want local and state government leaders to do more to help.

Some projects are in the works, including Gov. Ron DeSantis’ plan to pump billions into Everglades restoration.

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