State of the Air: FLORIDA

Karina CastilloContact Karina Castillo at to learn more or volunteer.

Karina is the youngest of 3 girls in her Nicaraguan family. Born in New Orleans but living in Miami, two of the most climate vulnerable cities, she feels she was meant to work on environmental and climate change issues. She is a Meteorologist with a masters in weather, climate and society, who enjoys traveling, baking, and spending time with her two nieces and nephew. Karina is passionate about educating others about climate change and promoting outreach to diverse audiences.

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Here’s what we’re working on in Florida:

Climate Change: Climate change and its impacts – heat waves, extreme rainfall, and extreme weather events – pose tremendous problems for the state of Florida. In particular, sea level rise is already impacting many residents of the state in the form of tidal flooding and saltwater intrusion. Of the contiguous United States, Florida has the longest coastline spanning approximately 1,350 miles, putting millions of people and dollars of infrastructure at risk from sea level rise and tropical cyclones. Moms Clean Air Force is working with many organizations and coalitions on the ground to grow the network of moms interested in elevating this issue.

Clean Energy: While Florida is known as the Sunshine State, the states’ energy portfolio is comprised of less than 1% of solar energy. Solar energy will not only provide reliable, clean and affordable energy to all residents, but also help grow our local economy and clean energy job force. Moms Clean Air Force is working with many partners to increase the use of renewable energy in our state, particularly solar by meeting with elected officials to gain their support.

America’s Clean Power Plan: Florida is one of more than two dozen states now suing the Environmental Protection Agency over America’s Clean Power Plan, which aims to cut carbon pollution from power plants on a state-by-state basis. Moms Clean Air Force, along with partners and coalition members, is working tirelessly to encourage the administration to reconsider this decision by meeting with key stakeholders and legislators to discuss the benefits of America’s Clean Power Plan to Florida families and our economy.

Natural Gas: Moms Clean Air Force Florida is advocating for strong protections from methane, volatile organic compounds, and other harmful air pollutants associated with fracking and natural gas development. Exploration for natural gas is already underway on Florida’s west coast, and exploration is beginning in the Everglades, a national park of tremendous importance for our ecosystem. Fracking not only causes earthquakes, but also creates waste that contains cancer-causing chemicals that pollute our drinking water and our air. Moms Clean Air Force Florida wants to ensure that the strongest possible standards are adopted to protect us from fracking pollution.

Latino Outreach: In Florida, almost one quarter of the state’s population is Hispanic or Latino. The support of the Latino community is a critical component of our efforts to protect our families from the harmful effects of climate change and pollution. Most importantly, we are working to increase their involvement and support for strong policies that protect our families, public health, and the environment.

In addition to state-specific work, Moms Clean Air Force Florida is supporting national efforts:

Mercury: We are supporting strong limits on harmful mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Climate Change: We are fighting global warming by supporting policies, namely America’s Clean Power Plan, that will reduce carbon emissions and decrease dangerous co-pollutants.

Clean Energy: We are ensuring that our energy future is renewable, clean, and healthy — for the sake of our children’s health.

Chemical Policy Reform: We are fighting to keep toxic chemicals out of the products we use every day, through joining local efforts to protect families from toxic chemicals and advocating for strong implementation of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (2016).

Natural Gas Pollution: We are demanding strong protections from methane, volatile organic compounds, and other harmful air pollutants associated with fracking and natural gas development.

Florida’s electricity generation by source, 2017:

  • Natural Gas (64%)

  • Coal (18%)

  • Nuclear (13%)

  • Other (5%)

According to the American Lung Association’s 2017 State of the Air report, Miami-Dade County, Florida received a B in ozone quality

According to the American Lung Association’s 2017 State of the Air report, Cape Coral, Florida is 6th ranked for the cleanest U.S. city for ozone air pollution

Florida’s per capita residential electricity demand is among the highest in the country, due in part to high air-conditioning use during hot summer months and the widespread use of electricity for home heating during winter months

Less than 2.2% of Florida’s energy supply comes from renewable sources and nearly 9/10 of that renewable power came from biomass.

Florida is only one of four states with utility-scale electricity generation from solar thermal technologies.

Florida’s summer temperatures are projected to increase as much as 10.5°F over the next century

It is estimated that by the year 2060 climate change will cause sea levels along Florida’s coastline to rise by 14 to 26 inches, inundating many of Florida’s most populated areas and contaminating drinking water wells.

Interview with Coral Gables, Florida, Commissioner Vince Lago

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON February 2, 2018
This is a Moms Clean Air Force exclusive interview with Coral Gables, Florida, City Commissioner  Vince C. Lago. Commissioner Lago has spearheaded a multitude of legislative initiatives that encourage the City to be at the forefront of sustainability. He is dedicated to transportation planning and is committed...

TOPICS: Climate Change, Florida, Heat and Extreme Weather, Latino Community, Politics

Moms and Children Went to the Hill … and Then They Danced

BY Ronnie Citron-Fink ON October 5, 2017
Moms Clean Air Force joined forces with the environmental justice group, Green for All and Climate Parents on Capitol Hill last week to fight proposed EPA budget cuts, and to urge action on climate change. Women lawmakers echoed our message at a press conference. They...

TOPICS: Activism, African-American Community, Air Pollution, Children's Health, Climate Change, EPA, Florida, Latino Community, Massachusetts, MCAF News, Tennessee, Washington DC

Moms Clean Air Force, a Million Moms and Dads Strong

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON May 24, 2017
What makes up Moms Clean Air Force? Over one million Moms nationwide from a diverse range of backgrounds. Driven by the power of Mother Love, Moms Clean Air Force is a force to be reckoned with! MEMBERS STRONG We are thrilled to announce that our membership has...

TOPICS: Activism, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, MCAF News, Missouri, Motherhood, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC
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Upcoming Events

Saturday, February 10: Field consultant, Karina Castillo will serve as a panelist at “Empowering Capable Climate Communicators”. The Empowering Capable Climate Communicators Climate Leadership Symposium is an annual event co hosted by the University of Miami Department of Geological Sciences and The CLEO Institute. The 2018 symposium will be held on February 3rd and February 10th at the Coral Gables campus of the University of Miami. Registration is free but required. For additional information, click here.

Past Events

January 2018

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended a panel discussion: How Local Government is Shaping Climate Resiliency in SE Florida.

Moms Clean Air Force Supermoms hosted a house party in Palm City, FL. At the house party, field consultant, Karina Castillo spoke about Moms Clean Air Force, local impacts in their area, and gave the attendees various actions to take post-house party.

December 2017

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended the SE Regional Climate Change Summit.

November 2017

Field consultant, Karina Castillo testified at an EPA Clean Power Plan hearing held in Charleston, WV.

Moms Clean Air Force and Catholic Climate Covenant hosted a bilingual conversation on Catholic Faith, Creation, Care, and Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si’ at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Miami.

October 2017

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended “EnCourage Miami: conservative, climate, leadership” hosted by republicEN at Florida International University.

September 2017

Moms Clean Air Force Florida members traveled to Washington, DC to meet with lawmakers and urge them to protect EPA’s budget.

August 2017

Field consultant, Karina Castillo attended and spoke at a partner event celebrating elected Florida leaders who support the Paris agreement and action on climate change.

July 2017

Members of Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended the 2017 Play-In for Climate Action and met with members of Senator Rubio’s and Senator Nelson’s staff.

May 2017

Moms Clean Air Force Florida is attended and presented at the GreenLatinos Retreat in California.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida spoke on a panel at “Climate change in the new administration: why south Florida should care”, hosted by Impact Strategies & Congressman Alcee Hastings in Fort Lauderdale.

Field consultant, Karina Castillo attended and presented at the Grist50 gathering in New York City. The event united honorees from their 50 under 50 list to work on solutions to combat climate change.

April 2017

Moms Clean Air Force Florida participated in the Miami Peoples Climate March.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended the City of Miami & The CLEO Institute Community Climate Forum at Little Haiti Cultural Center.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida participated in the Miami Science March.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended a field hearing convened by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and ranking member U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), titled “Extreme Weather and Coastal Flooding: What is Happening Now, What is the Future Risk, and What Can We Do About It?” in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida hosted a Mama Summit in Tallahassee. Parents and concerned citizens united to tell our state leaders that we are paying attention to their actions–it’s time we unite for strong policies that protect the health and welfare of our families!

March 2017

Field consultant, Karina Castillo presented at a meeting for individuals traveling to Tallahassee with Catalyst Miami for Dade Days. Castillo spoke on what health impacts the South Florida region will face in a changing climate.

February 2017

Moms Clean Air Force Florida delivered 47 Clean Air Valentines from children to the Miami offices of Senator Nelson, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and Congressman Carlos Curbelo.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida tabled and attended the Florida Asthma Coalition Summit in Orlando, Florida at Valencia College Lake Nona Campus.

January 2017

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended a GreenLatinos Climate Working Group Meeting.

December 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Florida participated in an Ethnic Media Roundtable event with New America Media.

November 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended a City of Miami Sea Level Rise Committee meeting.

September 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Florida hosted a Play-In for Climate Action at Westwind Lakes Park. 

August 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Florida tabled at MommyCon in Orlando.

June 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Florida hosted a “School’s Out Food Drive” contributing to the over 4,542 pounds of food collected by Moms Clean Air Force chapters nationwide.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended the National Latino Climate Leadership Forum.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended a Leadership Summit with Sachamama.

Karina Castillo attended the USCAN Conference in Miami.

May 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended the GreenLatinos Retreat.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida hosted a Read-In with Congressman Curbelo at Gateway Environmental K-8 Center.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended the FAU Arctic Summit: Futures Connected.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida hosted a Mama Summit and Press Conference in honor of World Asthma Day.

April 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended a State Senate Hearing on Contamination of Biscayne Bay by FP&L.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida tabled at the National Hispanic Medical Association Annual Joint Conference in Washington, DC.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida tabled at the SFL Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 10th Annual Latino Health & Wellness Expo.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida participated in a Twitter Town Hall with Administrator Gina McCarthy: How Climate Change Impacts the Latino Community.

Saturday, April 23, 1:00-5:00 PM: Moms Clean Air Force Florida is tabling at ECO Fair held at Hialeah High School.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended the Florida State Voices Conference in Orlando.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended the LULAC Women’s Conference in Los Angeles.

March 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Florida Super Mom, Paulette Richards organized a Women’s History Month Climate and the Humanities event.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida participated in the 4th Annual Friends and Family Fun Day – Children’s Rehab Network, Miami Gardens.

February 2016

Latino outreach coordinator, Karina Castillo presented on a panel: Social Justice Table Gathering: The Impacts of Climate Change on the Health of Our Communities. The panel was organized by Catalyst Miami and the Earth Ethics Institute at Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus. Additional co-hosts included the Allegany Franciscan Ministries and Florida CHAIN. The discussion was centered around how climate change will affect public health in South Florida. Specifically, Karina spoke about what climate changes means for South Florida, what weather extremes can be expected in our region, and what that means for families in our communities.

January 2016

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended the Science & Policy Forum on the Turkey Point’s Nuclear Expansion at Pinecrest Gardens.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended the Film Screening & Panel Discussion for “This Changes Everything” at Pinecrest Gardens Banyan Bowl.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended the South Florida Anti-Poverty Summit: Climate Resilience and Social Equity.

December 2015

Attended the 7th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit, Key West, Florida.

November 2015

Field organizer, Karina Castillo attended an event at the University of Miami entitled “The Gathering Threat of Climate Change and its Implications for Water Security and Sea Level Rise” where IPCC representatives and University professors highlighted findings from the most recent report. UN representatives also shared their thoughts on the upcoming COP in Paris.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended COSEE’s Miami’s Changing Environment: A Night of Action.

Moms Clean Air Force tabled at EcoFest | 6838 NW 18th Ave, Miami, FL, 33147 Liberty City.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended Orlando action on Climate Deniers.

Moms Clean Air Force Florida attended the Florida UM/IPCC Conference: Gathering threat of climate change and implication for water security SLR.

October 2015: Moms Clean Air Force Florida members marched in the Miami People’s Climate Movement rally.

April 2015: Moms Clean Air Force Florida tabled at the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Health Expo. 

January 2015: Moms Clean Air Force super mom, Nicole Hernandez Hammer sat in the First Lady’s box during the State of the Union address.

October 9, 2014: Moms Clean Air Force Florida met with Gina McCarthy in Miami during the King Tide for a sea level rise tour.

October 5, 2014: Moms Clean Air Force Florida hosted a Miami Town Hall on Children’s Health & Climate Change.


Rick Scott

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US Senate

Bill Nelson

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  • 225 East Robinson Street
    Suite 410
    Orlando, FL 32801
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (407) 872-7161
  • Toll Free: (1-888) 671-4091
  • Twitter: @SenBillNelson

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Marco Rubio

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  • 201 South Orange Avenue
    Suite 350
    Orlando, FL 32801
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (407) 254-2573
  • Toll Free: (1-866) 630-7106
  • Twitter: @SenRubioPress

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US House of Representatives

Matt Gaetz (District 1)

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  • 226 S Palafox Pl
    6th Floor
    Pensacola, FL 32502
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (202) 225-4136
  • Twitter: @mattgaetz

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Neal Dunn (District 2)

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Ted Yoho (District 3)

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John Rutherford (District 4)

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Al Lawson (District 5)

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Ron DeSantis (District 6)

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Stephanie Murphy (District 7)

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Bill Posey (District 8)

  • 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Building C
  • Melbourne, FL 32940
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (321) 632-1776
  • Twitter: @conbillposey

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Darren Soto (District 9)

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Val Demings (District 10)

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Daniel Webster (District 11)

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Gus Bilirakis (District 12)

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Charlie Crist (District 13)

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Kathy Castor (District 14)

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Dennis Ross (District 15)

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Vern Buchanan (District 16)

  • 111 South Orange Avenue
    Floor 2R, Suite 202W
    Sarasota, FL 34236
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (941) 951-6643
  • Twitter: @VernBuchanan

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Thomas Rooney (District 17) 

  • 226 Taylor Street, Suite 230
    Punta Gorda, FL 33950
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (941) 575-9101
  • Twitter: @TomRooney

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Brian Mast (District 18)

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Francis Rooney (District 19)

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Alcee Hastings (District 20)

  • 2701 W. Oakland Park Blvd, Suite 200
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (954) 733-2800
  • Twitter: @RepHastingsFL

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Lois Frankel (District 21)

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Ted Deutch (District 22)

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz (District 23)

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Frederica Wilson (District 24)

  • 18425 NW 2nd Avenue, Suite 355
    Miami Gardens, FL 33169
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (305) 690-5905
  • Twitter: @RepWilson

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Mario Diaz-Balart (District 25)

  • 8669 NW 36th Street, Suite 100
    Doral, FL 33166
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (305) 470-8555
  • Twitter: @MarioDB

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Carlos Curbelo (District 26)

  • 1100 Simonton Street
    Suite 1-213
    Key West, FL 33010
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (202) 225-2778
  • Twitter: @HouseGOP

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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (District 27)

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Take a look at what we’ve been up to in Florida: