FORT MYERS, Fla.,-- Nearly 40 minutes of fiery speeches from several Democratic candidates and environmental leaders to about an 50-person crowd for the People's Climate Change March in downtown Fort Myers.
“I have a hard time taking a deep breathe, I have asthma," said Marge Fessman who wore a painter's mouth mask to the march.
Fessman says there's a canal in her backyard that's full of green algae. She says the last couple months she's had to use her inhaler three times a day because of the smell.
“I cry a lot, I get depressed," said Fessman. "If they don’t do something, it’s not only going to kill the animals but it’s going to kill us.”
Dr. Parisima Taeb, Candidate for Florida State Representative for District 78, says her solution to the water crisis means adding restrictions.
“Stricter regulations on farmlands, on sugar lands, on industries that are polluting our waters,” said Taeb. “The prices were facing right now in our environment as well as our water is a nonpartisan issue… people care.”
Fessman says there is another march planned for Saturday, September 15th at 11 am on the Matlacha Bridge. The protest is hosted by the "Save Our Water" movement.