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Our environment has a large
impact on our health

FIGHTING FOR ZERO

Our grassroots organization was founded by a group of cancer survivors and their families who began research into Florida's carelessness with its environmental resources. We learned that the lack of standards and accountability had affected human life, marine survival, wildlife, and water quality. Each of our experiences against life-altering diseases transformed into a strong desire to take action toward saving lives. 

Sewer discharges, biosolids, coastal erosion, herbicide spraying, pesticide runoff, increasing development, poor infrastructure, mining, and cancer-causing chemicals in our drinking water are just a few of the challenges we face in Florida. 

Fight For Zero strives for zero pollution in the ecosystem to protect children's health and vulnerable populations by empowering people with education, data, and science. These resources give communities a voice in what is happening with their health and the environment. 

We are fighting for zero pollution to protect the health of generations, our ecosystem, and Florida's wildlife. We do that by embracing science, collaborating with experts, and providing resources to communities affected by toxic exposure. 

HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENTS PREVENT THE BURDEN OF DISEASE 

Our quality of life as Floridians relies on the protection and preservation of our environment and ecosystems. Protecting Florida requires independent research, studies, advocacy, and grassroots action.

Taking care of our natural resources, wildlife, and the welfare of communities should be the number one priority. Whether you need information on in-depth supportive research to share with local professionals and community members, we can help provide the resources you need for your community to become a healthier place to live for humans and wildlife alike.

We research the challenges confronting our environment and educate the public about what's at stake. We believe that by protecting Florida's unique environment that we are saving lives.

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FIGHT FOR ZERO DISEASE REGISTRY

Were you diagnosed with cancer or an autoimmune disease in Florida and suspect that your illness was due to an environmental factor?

Fight For Zero began crowdsourcing health information in 2014. This data is crucial in helping communities in environmental studies and independent testing. This information collection helped get Brevard and Manatee County cancer assessments done through the Florida Department of Health. We collaborate with other organizations nationally and work toward implementing Trevor's Law, epidemiological research, and visuals through mapping and graphics to educate our representatives. 

 

Cancer and exposure to toxic substances in the environment are difficult to connect because a "latency period" takes 15-20 years after your environmental exposure before you're diagnosed. This data is important in helping us connect the dots.

 

By bringing awareness to the exposure of cancer-causing chemicals, people can take steps to get health screenings and detect diseases in early stages. You can lower the risk of cancer and other diseases by making strategic lifestyle changes or taking measures to reduce your exposure to harmful environmental factors. Our organization knows that prevention and early detection save lives. That's how we are fighting for zero cancer and disease in communities across Florida.

Legacy Contamination

You may be wondering about the devastating algae blooms that killed wildlife and fouled the air. That's one of the most visible problems in Florida, but sadly there are many other issues. Through the Fight For Zero blog, you can learn more about the problems within your community.

Waste Pollution

Our choices affect our environment and community. For the most part, it is relatively simple to maintain a “green” lifestyle. It’s just a matter of adjusting your awareness and habits. One way you can start making a personal difference in the world today is by using the zero-waste philosophy. 

Protecting Children

Children are often the hardest hit by the consequences of poor environmental exposure. For their size, they breathe more air and eat more food than adults, making them more vulnerable to environmental health hazards.

Water Quality

Just because you cannot see, smell, or taste a contaminant doesn't mean it's not there. Industrial dumping, pesticide runoff, and weak federal chemical safety laws risk our water quality and have lifelong consequences for your health.

Forever Chemicals

PFAS are not known to break down in the environment and have become global pollutants that threaten the health of people and wildlife. Once in our bodies, they stick around - with half-lives in people of up to eight years. PFAS are associated with multiple health effects.

Environmental Justice

Unfortunately, when it comes to water quality and waste Florida performs poorly. Every day chemicals are released into the environment. It affects our land, air, water, and health. As a result of polluting our area, it may cause health effects. Polluters must be held accountable.

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