Mang started our Buy One. Plant One. initiative in 2015 to restore coastal ecosystems one mangrove at a time. This was initiated by a massive decline in mangrove ecosystems in the last 50 years. Coastal development, shrimp farming and charcoal farming are some of the main causes of the decline. To date, MANG has planted over 20,000 mangroves through our Buy One. Plant One. initiative.
Unbeknown to us, Florida’s natural ecosystems were being bombarded with another enemy. 2015 marked a year where seagrass beds were being exterminated at an uncontrollable rate throughout the state. This was due to a lack of fresh water heading south to Florida Bay and highly turbid nutrient rich fresh water inside the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Estuaries. Our once natural river of grass (Everglades) has been disturbed by a mass of roads (ie; Alligator Alley), dikes, levi’s and bustling coastal cities.
Our need to live on the coastline and near the water has not only made it harder for our watershed to flow, but also given mangroves a new challenge as they have less space to move inland and limited space for expansion. Our mission is to restore coastal ecosystems worldwide through mangrove planting. Our focus has drawn us to be advocates for clean water, a brighter future and a push for political stance that this state has not seen in decades.
This is why we have chosen to partner with Captains for Clean Water. Donating our time and energy to help fight for what is ours and the right to influence communities on what needs to be done. We will continue to educate, calling upon all citizens to stand for what’s right and join our mission to “Restore the Flow”.