Dispatches from a Sinking State is The Marjorie‘s contributor series featuring first-person accounts of the environmental changes Floridians are witnessing across the state.

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Fear and Hope in the Fields

Fear and Hope in the Fields

Extreme heat. Hurricanes. Unfair working conditions. Lupe Gonzalo describes how worker exploitation and the impacts of climate change are interconnected and how, to support Florida farmworkers, these issues need to be addressed simultaneously and led by those who are experiencing the greatest threats.

The Rebirth of N’Kwanda Jah

The Rebirth of N’Kwanda Jah

N’Kwanda Jah felt called to work toward environmental sustainability before she understood the technical meaning behind the phrase. She knew the goal was to protect the environment — a mission she calls not just her responsibility, but her humble pleasure.

Undercurrent

Undercurrent

As riverkeeper of the Apalachicola watershed, Georgia Ackerman’s job is to protect one of Florida’s largest rivers and most expansive floodplains. For Georgia and many others, the Apalachicola offers peace, tranquility and a kindred energy that unites those who have felt pulled by their love for a river.

Living Grand Daddy’s Miami Prophecy

Living Grand Daddy’s Miami Prophecy

When she was growing up in Liberty City, Valencia Gunder heard her grandfather warn that one day their community would be in danger. Decades later, Valencia is living the prophecy her grandfather predicted as climate gentrification changes the urban landscape where she grew up.

A Family Portrait of the Ocklawaha

A Family Portrait of the Ocklawaha

From her grandmother Marjorie Harris Carr, who fought to protect the river, to her father, who remembers catfish that were as big as his leg. Jennifer describes her vision for the river as she takes on the mantle of her grandmother’s legacy as one of its protectors.

The River Has Teeth

The River Has Teeth

As a child, Stephenie Livingston encountered an alligator snapping turtle in the dark waters of the Suwannee River. When she became a science journalist later in life, she realized the alligator turtle was a symbol of the resilience of the river itself.

Diary from a Florida Bathroom

Diary from a Florida Bathroom

Jade Salamone, co-coordinator for Gainesville FrogWatch USA at Santa Fe College, advocates for killing invasive frogs and toads in Florida to save the Florida ecosystems she cherishes.

Sieged by Suburbia

Sieged by Suburbia

As Brittney Miller grew up in Sanford, Florida, she watched as some of the natural spaces she loved were slowly devoured by encroaching development.

Farewell, Sanibel

Farewell, Sanibel

As rising sea levels threaten Florida, Jesse Wilson worries about the fate of her hometown of Sanibel. Stashing away her personal blame and guilt, she heads to Sanibel to embrace the simple act of saying goodbye, as she would for anyone she loved.

‘What Did You Do Today?’

‘What Did You Do Today?’

Dylann Turffs, a naturalist at the Biscayne Nature Center, traces the legacy of Marjory Stoneman Douglas to forge a connection between people and the natural world.

Dispatches from a Sinking State

Dispatches from a Sinking State

Earlier this year, we launched Dispatches from a Sinking State, a series of first-hand accounts of the environmental changes Florida women are witnessing in their regions. But for these essays to be an accurate reflection of the struggles that coincide with climate change, they must represent a broad variety of voices. That’s where you come in.

Journey Through Fragile Florida

Journey Through Fragile Florida

The pine flatwoods that once dominated Florida are now rarely found outside of pockets of conservation land. Neither are the dry prairies, swamps or scrub that mark the natural character of our state.Christine Swanson, a Ph.D. student at the University of Florida, takes us on a journey through fragile Florida, documenting landscapes, flora and fauna that are threatened by climate change.