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  • May 29: Happy Memorial Day! CLEO is closed for the holiday.
  • June 10: Don't miss out on CLEO's Climate Justice Solutions Summit. More details to follow.

Climate Change Town Hall

18423884 10155107968545498 1120369661492872319 nMay 10, 2017: Caroline Lewis attended and spoke at a town hall focused on Climate Change in the new Administration: Why South Florida Should Care organized by Impact Strategies. At the Urban League of Broward County, Caroline was joined by moderator Angela Rye, and fellow panelists Fl. Rep. Alcee Hastings, Fl. Sen. Oscar Braynon, and Karina Castillo of Moms Clean Air Force. The town hall was focused on an open and lively discussion addressing the pressing issues of climate change in South Florida. The 75 attendees were urged by the panelists to mobilize politically and demand climate action from not only the new administration, but local governments as well. Read an article in the SunSentinel about the town hall here.

Miami People's Climate March

IMG 1086April 29, 2017: Along with hundreds of other fellow Miami residents, scientists, community leaders, and activists, CLEO participated in the Miami People’s Climate March on Saturday, April 29th. Marchers gathered and rallied at Jose Marti Park and marched toward the Government Center and the historic Lyric Theater where the night concluded with words from our own Caroline Lewis. Notable marchers included county and local elected officials, and local university scientists. However, the guest of honor was former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, who marched alongside The CLEO Institute. After speaking to the marchers at Jose Marti Park, Gina concluded the rally and began the march from the park to the Government Center. 

CLEO Hosts Community Climate Forum

IMG 5840April 25, 2017: CLEO and the City of Miami hosted a Community Climate Forum on Thursday, April 25th where Miami residents, City of Miami representatives (including Jane Gilbert, Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Miami), County representatives (like Jim Murley from the Miami Dade County Office of Resilience), activists, and community leaders gathered to discuss Miami's greatest weaknesses and greatest strengths in terms of resilience, community, and efficiency. The over 50 attendees shared their mutual concerns with the City of Miami and how climate change acts as a threat multiplier. The City will now take the resident's concerns into consideration as they draft future plans to continue building a  resilient Miami. 

March for Science Miami


April 22: On Saturday, CLEO's Caroline Lewis gave the closing speech to thousands of marchers at Miami's March for Science. After inspiring speeches from several speakers at the rally, Caroline incited the crowd and quoted Jane Goodall, saying "the greatest danger to our future is apathy." After a boisterous applause, the march began from Museum Park to the Government Center! Thousands of Miami residents, ranging from toddlers to seniors, marched over a mile, holding signs, chanting, and demanding that the goverment take science seriously.

BITL: Before It's Too Late

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April 15: Caroline Lewis is on the steering committee for a new initiative called BITL: Before It's Too late and has been announced as a senior advisor! This group is made up of university students from MIT, Harvard, FIU, and UM who want to create a collective effort to use virtual reality to engage all audiences in understanding sea level rise. Their goal is to get the public to see both versions of our future: one where we, as a community and nation, commit to taking climate action, and another version where we continue on the path we're on. Stay tuned to see the results and just how BITL can impact the way we all see climate change and its impacts. 

Climate Change Salon Juste

aa83b50c-98d4-413f-bf9e-48e93c4966f2April 5: In conjuction with the Community Justice Project, Caroline Lewis moderated a panel which included fellow activists such as Valencia Gunder from New Florida Majority, Ajani Stewart from the City of Miami Office of Resilience, and Michael Clarkson. Caroline led an energetic discussion about the impacts of climate change and the challenges Miami will continue to face. The attendees got to take a tour of the Miami Science Barge and hear from Ajani about what the City of Miami is doing to address these issues. 

Stand Up! Rise up! Film Festival

Screen Shot 2017-03-28 at 1.08.30 PMMarch 22: As part of ECOMB's Cinema Green, CLEO co-hosted the final movie screening of the Stand Up! Rise Up! Film Festival at Miami Dade College on Wednesday, March 22. Over 100 attendees got to watch the documentary Revolution, followed by a panel moderated by our own Caroline Lewis. The panelists included Captain Dan Kipnis (Climate Reality Project speaker), Dr. John Van Leer (Citizens Climate Lobby), Daniella Levine Cava (MDC Commissioner), Jim Murley (MDC Chief Resilience Officer), and Salua Rivero (Miami Dade College's "Yes Club" Student President). Each panelist spoke briefly about their work and what they thought needed to be done, in terms of climate resilience, throughout the next couple of years. After being asked what actions we can take to help drive climate action, Commissioner Cava had one response, "Run for office."

MDC's Spring into Sustainability Symposium

IMG 0780March 21: Caroline Lewis presented her famous Climate Change 101 presentation to an audience of over 150 people at Miami Dade College's Spring into Sustainability Symposium on Tuesday, March 21. Varying from students to professors to administrators, the audience was extremely attentive and had several questions at the end, ranging from how plastic plays a part in the changing climate to what we can do immediately to stop the effects 30-40 years from now. After learning about the science, seriousness, and solutions of climate change, several attendees reached out to CLEO to become more involved and take climate action. CLEO's CC101s aim to do just that: to educate and empower the masses. 


CLEO Speakers Network Meeting

Screen Shot 2017-03-28 at 12.28.58 PMMarch 16: The CLEO Institute held its first CLEO Speakers Network Planning meeting on Thursday, March 16th at The Cushman School. This meeting was an initial step into creating a large coalition of trained volunteer climate speakers. Phil Chapman, our CSN (CLEO Speakers Network) manager, spearheaded the meeting with his own climate 101 presentation, with tips on how to effectively communicate the information along the way. The attendees were able to not only learn more about climate science through Phil's presentation, but also gain a new understanding on how to relay the daunting information to their circles of influence. The goal of the CSN is to create a cohort of climate speakers/leaders who spread the information and knowledge about climate change to all who want to listen. If you're interested in being trained to become a CLEO certified climate speaker, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more details. 


GenCLEO Meet-Up with Dr. Kirtman

UnknownMarch 6: On Monday, March 6th, GenCLEO hosted their monthly meet-up at The Grove Spot. The GenCLEO members discussed upcoming dates, such as the marches, and how this group of young professionals can stand up and make their voices heard. To inspire and motivate, we had Dr. Ben Kirtman from University of Miami come to speak to the group. He spoke briefly about his work and the ways he's found success in communicating this polarizing topic. He emphasized that cutting carbon emissions is our only hope and we need to act locally before we can act globally. After the meetup, the GenCLEO group left with a new sense of urgency and a drive to create some change. 


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