What is Eco-voice?
The Environmental Voice of Southwest Florida also known as Eco-voice, combines the power of a web-site with the simplicity of a Yahoo messaging list.
What does Eco-Voice do?
Their objective is to provide a practical method of communication between environmentalists in SW Florida. Any member of Eco-Voice can send a single e-mail and the information in that e-mail will be delivered to over 3,800 other environmentalists in SW Florida and displayed on the web-site for everyone else to read. Eco-Voice’s members have a common cause; saving the local environment. However they belong to many different organizations, each with its own rules, objectives and methods of communication.
Eco-voice clears away these obstacles and allows the exchange of information between members, freely and without restriction. That is what Eco-Voice does and does so well.
Eco-voice allows us to speak with a very strong voice.
A decision maker can ignore one voice or even the voice of one organization, but the more voices they hear the harder it is to ignore them, and when every organization speaks together with one voice, it is almost impossible to ignore that voice.
Used properly, Eco-voice gives us that power, and in the fight to save the environment of SW Florida, it can become a powerful communication tool.
However a simple Yahoo list such as Eco-voice has limitations. To overcome these and make it more useful, several local organizations, including the Rivers Coalition have joined with Eco-Voice to provide a web-site designed to operate in conjunction with the e-mail list, www.eco-voice.org. The web-site has an urgent action facility which allows members to sign-on to letters to policy makers and also communicate with them on an individual basis. An interactive event calendar and map display enables one to easily track environmental events in the neighborhood, and around SW Florida.
In the Picture library there are several hundred pictures, all available copyright free for other environmentalists to use to spice up meetings and newsletters, while the literature section give one a chance to browse local writers literary efforts.
Last year Eco-voice was presented with the Kabler Award for Environmental communication by the members of the Everglades Coalition.
How to Become a Member?
Membership is free! If you are interested in helping save the environment of SW Florida, you may join Eco-voice by going to www.eco-voice.org and selecting subscribe.