FIU students are on the frontlines of Everglades advocacy (includes video story)

Florida’s national parks are in danger and 18 Florida International University students are advocating for the future of their state’s backyard.

Florida’s cherished wetlands are currently suffering in several ways, including the development of homes as the state’s population grows and flooding increases due to climate change.

This week, FIU’s Washington, D.C. office hosted a three-day “Future of the Everglades” event, where students had the opportunity to be vocal about efforts to conserve Florida’s wetlands.

On day one, Chloe Vorseth had the chance to present her research on the value of Lake Okeechobee to the state of Florida.

“I felt like it was an amazing opportunity for me to showcase the work that I have been doing for my dissertation as a Ph.D. student at FIU,” said Vorseth. “[I] really feel like my research can actually make an impact somewhere along the lines of Everglades restoration.”

Sophia Bolivar is a senior at FIU majoring in digital journalism and focusing her studies on criminal justice. Sharing a love for both writing and photography has led her to pursue a career in journalism.