The basic needs of humans for food, water, and shelter are the same for birds and other wildlife. Because of population growth, the needs of birds and other wildlife are often discounted. Population growth has contributed to the fragmentation of forests, encroachment on wetlands, crowded parks, and destroyed wildlife habitat.
Since 1900 the population growth in the United States has tripled and by 2050 it could double the current number again. Population growth is determined for the most part by the number of new births, increased longevity of residents, and governmental policies regarding immigration. Increasing numbers of people need more housing, more day care and schools, more vehicles, more roads, more sewage lines, more water treatment facilities, more trash collection and waste management facilities as well as expansion of other governmental resources.
The distribution of population is not evenly spaced across the country and some regions become more heavily populated than others. Florida is one of the faster growing states and its resources are becoming stretched. Land is being swept up by developers to construct more housing units. Limited water supplies for current residents will be challenged more and more. As population grows, more drivers mean more cars on the road that devour limited gas and oil supplies, pollute the air, and slow traffic. Fast traveling traffic on roadways near bird and other wildlife habitats kill and maims. Florida's ecosystems that support wildlife are being continually threatened despite the Florida Forever environmental protection momentum that had been built up since the late 1990s.
Broward County's Department of Environmental Protection and Growth Management is active in educating its citizens about environmental awareness and environmental health.
The Broward County 2016–2025 Transit Development Plan (TDP) Annual Update, known as BCT Connected, serves as the strategic guide for public transportation plans in Broward County for the next 10 years. The update is the second annual progress report to BCT Connected and provides a comprehensive documentation of BCT's capital and operating needs for the next ten years. In addition, the update identifies achievements within the past year (2015), future plans and services for the coming year (2016) and provides recommendations for the new tenth year (2025).
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Join -- If you are not already a member of Audubon, join. Increased membership is important when recommending policies to congressional leaders. Also you will be joining other nature lovers who care about conserving and protecting wildlife habitats.
Donate -- If you can contribute over and beyond the small introductory membership fee, do so to help Audubon fund its campaigns to conserve and protect wildlife habitats.
Learn more -- Read, attend meetings, and discuss environmental issues.
Participate -- Become a "take action" member of Audubon. Sign up to receive emails with details of pending issues that need letters or calls to your representative in Congress.
Promote growth management and public transportation -- In your discussions with friends and neighbors, inform them of the consequences of uncontrolled growth and lack of adequate public transportation.
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