Heroes of the Week: Tampa’s Green Seniors

The Tampa Bay chapter of the Sierra Club. Image: Sierra Club Tampa Bay

While young people have been making headlines for their protests, strikes, and climate activism, Tampa, Florida’s seniors have also been diligently working to leave the planet a better place for younger generations. They’ve led the charge to prevent mining expansion in Hernando County, and in 2018, when a developer moved to fill in waterways near Tampa’s Rocky Point neighborhood, about 100 elders flocked to a city council meeting and convinced council members to block the move.

As the Tampa Bay Times explained, Tampa’s seniors make up about 80% of the local Sierra Club chapter, and they’ve started groups like Elders Climate Action, Turn the Tide for Tarpon, and have been showing up to climate marches and protesting Florida lawmakers who won’t act on the climate crisis (ahem, Sen. Marco Rubio). They’re using their retirement to raise awareness and make the political push for climate action and conservation.

As Tampa conservationist DeeVon Quirolo told the Tampa Bay Times, “My activism is my rent for living on the planet.”

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