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A grassroots organization fighting for zero pollution in Florida's waterways, soil, and air to protect the health of future generations

Manatees Need Seagrass
Manatees Need Seagrass

Florida's Space Coast is watching as manatees die of starvation in the Indian River Lagoon at an alarming rate due to the loss of seagrass from persistent algal blooms fed by pollution. Sewage, thermal pollution, and chemicals have deteriorated our water quality, and we are watching the effects of that every day as we document this catastrophic manatee mortality event. Image by DP Braden.

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Sewage Pollution
Sewage Pollution

In the late 70s the EPA reported on the environmental effect of the septic tank system and recommended no more than one septic tank per 16 acres in regions with sandy soils and high water tables. The science showed the negative impacts of septic tank systems on groundwater quality and the movement of pollutants in both unsaturated and saturated subsurface environments. Our state turned our waterways into a toilet.

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Phosfate Movie Premiere
Phosfate Movie Premiere

Fight For Zero was featured in the Phosfate documentary about phosphate mining in Florida and how our health data could push for change in the state.

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Manatees Need Seagrass
Manatees Need Seagrass

Florida's Space Coast is watching as manatees die of starvation in the Indian River Lagoon at an alarming rate due to the loss of seagrass from persistent algal blooms fed by pollution. Sewage, thermal pollution, and chemicals have deteriorated our water quality, and we are watching the effects of that every day as we document this catastrophic manatee mortality event. Image by DP Braden.

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Addressing the Source of Pollution

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 Florida's ecosystem and those being exposed to harmful bacteria, algae blooms, and chemicals in our waterways.

Sewer discharges, biosolids, coastal erosion, herbicide spraying, pesticide runoff, increasing development, poor infrastructure, industrial pollution, 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.

Protecting Florida's Environment, Human Health, and Economy 

Taking care of our natural resources, wildlife, and the welfare of communities should be the number one priority. Our quality of life as Floridians relies on protecting and preserving our environment and ecosystems. Protecting Florida requires independent research, studies, advocacy, and grassroots action.

Working with doctors, environmental consultants, biologists, engineers, whistleblowers, and other experts in various fields, 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, we are saving wildlife, human life, and our economy. 

Our mission is to fight for zero pollution in Florida's ecosystem by documenting its destruction, sharing in-depth supportive research, providing resources to communities to take on these challenges, addressing the sources of pollution, sharing legislation that will protect our environment, collecting independent scientific data, collaborating with universities on studies, and through professional grassroots advocacy.

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Before Sewage Pollution
Indian River Lagoon

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After Sewage Pollution
Indian River Lagoon

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Submit Your Health Information to the 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.

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. 

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