Some officials in Florida have reportedly been prohibited from using the terms like ‘climate change, global warming and sustainability’, according to a report published by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting (FCIR).
The prohibition is unusual at a time when Florida is considered as the US state that is more at risk from the effects of a warming world.
According to FCIR, an attorney with the DEP’s Office of General Counsel in Tallahassee from 2008 to 2013, Christopher Byrd, said, “We were told not to use the terms ‘climate change,’ ‘global warming’ or ‘sustainability. That message was communicated to me and my colleagues by our superiors in the Office of General Counsel”.
In the year 2014, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which brought together scientists from 27 countries, wrote “Human influence on the climate system is clear, and recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are the highest in history. Recent climate changes have had widespread impacts on human and natural systems.”
Doug Young, president of the South Florida Audubon Society and a member of the Broward County Climate Change Task Force, who attended the session said, “I told them the biggest problem I have was that there was absolutely no mention of climate change and the effect of climate change on coral reefs. The two young women, really good people, said, ‘We are not allowed to show the words, or show any slides that depicted anything related to climate change”.
Jim Harper also attended that meeting.
“Unfortunately at this time we can’t make any alterations or additions to the presentation. If you do choose to continue as a volunteer, we would have to request that you present the information as is. If you choose to add in an additional presentation or speaker that addresses climate change and coral reefs, there would have to be a very clear split between the two,” she wrote.
Regardless of the ban last month, Governor Scott apportioned $106 million for sea-level rise.