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  • August 23: Save the date for a celebration to honor FL elected officials who support climate action. See the invite for more information and RSVP here.
  • August 24: Join The Root for a panel discussing climate gentrification and other impacts on the most vulnerable communities at the Light Box Theatre.
  • September 6: CLEO will be offering our signature Climate 101 presentation at the Cushman School's Innovation Center at 6 pm. 

Food and Water Vulnerability Forum

FullSizeRender-4July 27, 2017: As part of Venture Cafe's Thursday Gathering series, The CLEO Institute convened a Food and Water Forum for over 30 guests on July 27. The interactive panel discussion focused on how the effects of climate change will impact our food and water supply. The attendees heard from three guest panelists: Dr. Virginia Walsh from Miami Dade County Water and Sewer, Yashi Dadhich, a Masters student at Harvard University, and Lela Schlenker, a PhD student at University of Miami. Lela spoke on the impacts of fossil fuel extraction on our fish supply while Yashi presented on the impacts climate change will have on our food supply, such as increased vulnerability and malnourishment in various places around the world. Dr. Walsh gave the crowd an update on Miami Dade County's efforts to keep our drinking water clean and safe. Couldn't make it to the forum? Read the most important takeaways here!

A Century of Sea Level Rise

IMG 1524July 19, 2017: Over 80 people joined The CLEO Institute at Vizcaya for an interactive panel on sea level rise. Recognizing that sea level rise has implications for more than just Vizcaya and its visitors, a varied group of speakers joined the panel to share how they are addressing SLR in their own lives and work. The panelists included our own Caroline Lewis, artist Lucinda Linderman, Vizcaya's Dr. Mark Osterman, and fellow CLEO Leadership Circle members Ricardo Alvarez, mitigation specialist, and Dr. Tiffany Troxler from FIU's Sea Level Solutions Center. Moderated by Katie Hagemann from Miami Dade County's Office of Resilience, the panel provided various perspectives on both the impacts and solutions of sea level rise. The panel also encouraged the crowd to consider what they can do, collectively and individually, to respond to sea level rise specifically and influence what those in the next 100 years will find when we're gone.

Sunrise for Solar

MB medium closeJune 23, 2017: Friday morning, over 120 volunteers gathered at Miami Beach to show the U.S. Conference of Mayors that the United States demands clean energy NOW! The conference was occurring across the street and the mayors were set to vote on a resolution to convert their municipalities to 100% clean energy. The aerial art event not only featured the guests, but also 140 beach chairs and 60 umbrellas to spell out "100+ mayors <3 100% clean energy." Our human text message to the mayors was receieved! The 100% Renewable Energy in American Cities Resolution passed the Energy Committee unanimously. Check out pictures from the event and read an article in the Miami New Times

SoFla Climate Change Equity Solutions Summit

IMG 1307June 10, 2017: Along with our partners at Center for American Progress and Catalyst Miami, The CLEO Institute held The South Florida Climate Change Equity Solutions Summit on Saturday, June 10th from 9:30 am until 3 pm. The summit focused on producing actionable policy ideas to reduce the vulnerability of under-resourced communities to the effects of climate change through the revision of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action plan, or RCAP 2.0. The RCAP 2.0 will be used through Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe county as a guideline to reduce the region's contribution to climate change pollution and to build resilient communities. The over 50 attendees ranged from engaged residents and activists, to college students, to community and elected leaders, such as former Mayor Cindy Lerner, and Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava. Maggie Fernandez moderated the event which included speakers such as our own Caroline Lewis, former Senator Dwight Bullard, Miami Beach's Susy Torriente, Zelalem Adefris of Catalyst, and more. After four breakout sessions focusing on transportation, emergency preparedness, sustainably developed communities, and clean energy, the guests identified and prioritized the most impactful solutions to climate change; a final report with the top priorities will be sent to the creators of the RCAP 2.0 as they take community comments and recommendations. 

GenCLEO Meetup and CC101

Screen Shot 2017-05-31 at 12.43.58 PMMay 23, 2017: The CLEO Instituted hosted a joint Climate 101 Workshop and a GenCLEO meetup at the CIC Miami on Tuesday, May 23rd. Caroline opened with CLEO's famous CC101 where she simplified the science, seriousness, and solutions of climate change for an audience of about 50. After spending some time focusing on the solutions, such as renewable energy, the GenCLEO meetup followed with a renewable energy agenda. The crowd heard from FL Sun's Jody Finver on joining a local solar co-op, which you can read about here, and from Sierra Club's Emily Gorman, who spoke about the FPL franchise agreement renewal with the County and the Mayors For 100% Clean Energy campaign to ask your Mayor to endorse 100% clean energy. 

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

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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. 

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