Caroline Lewis attends "Champions of Change" Reunion

15338748 1153099374745446 1144871858021432696 nMonday, December 5: On Monday, Caroline Lewis attended a Champions of Change reunion in Washington, D.C. Caroline was recognized in 2013 for being a leader and innovator working tirelessly to build community resilience by preparing for increasingly extreme weather and other costly climate-related impacts. The day-long event focused on the collective progress each Champion of Change has made. 



CLEO Judges Local Climate Art Show

Climate Art ShowFriday, December 2: Michelle Rodriguez, CLEO's Program Manager, was honored to be one of the judges at a local climate art show in Liberty City. The art show was hosted by Women in Leadership's Ms. Paulette Richards (of this summer's Climate & Me camp) and saw a total of 18 kids from schools all over the county submit art. While the art may have varied from chalk to watercolor, the theme was the same: climate change. By using an outlet such as art, the kids were able to  express their main concerns about the impacts of climate change. From pictures depicting the world falling apart at the seams to a painting of an innocent little girl in a gas mask, the principle remained the same: you're never too young to demand climate action.

2016 Annual Celebration & Leadership Circle Inductions

cleo annual 2016 189November 17, 2016: CLEO hosted our Fifth Annual Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Rusty Pelican in Key Biscayne. The event drew a diverse crowd of supporters, friends, and partners alike from all over South Florida to celebrate CLEO’s incredible year and 2016 Leadership Circle Inductees. These are individuals recognized for their significant leadership roles in assisting CLEO as we drive climate action through community education and engagement. The night also included a wide range of silent auction items ranging from two original Jim Morin cartoons to Miami Heat tickets. See event photos here. 


Climate Across the Curriculum Workshop

IMG 0162November 12, 2016: The CLEO Institute and the CLEO Teachers Network hosted its annual Climate Across the Curriculum Workshop on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the University of Miami. The workshop exposed educators and administrators to a variety of ways in which they can bring climate education and engagement into their school. Educators heard from expert climate scientists, Christian Carranza from Miami-Dade County Public Schools and from their peers. The workshop also explored how to use climate change to promote STEAM across all disciplines and gave educators the opportunity to share their own ideas and strategies. 


Miami Dade Science Teachers Association Conference

Screen Shot 2016-11-22 at 12.05.42 PMNovember 8, 2016: The Dade County Science Teacher's Association and Miami-Dade County Public Schools' Department of Science hosted their 2016 STEAM Conference. Our own Executive Director, Caroline Lewis, held a presentation to discuss the urgency of climate science, the solutions at hand, and a myriad of ways to implement climate science across all curriculums. 

Webinar: Looking to the Future

552676830November 3, 2016: The seventh and final installment of our Ahead of the Tide series was entitled Looking to the Future: Staying Ahead of the Tide. The webinar focused on looking to the future for solutions to climate change and sea level rise. Caroline Lewis moderated a panel of nationally renowned experts such as Harvey Ruvin from the Miami-Dade Sea Level Rise Task Force, Dr. Tiffany Troxler form FIU, Scott Healy form the Clean Energy & Infrastructure Investments, and Ann Hancock from the Center for Climate Protection. The panelists and viewers discussed what efforts have been made, what efforts are currently in the process of occurring, what still needs to occur. 

Mayor Lerner's Climate Action Plan Panel

Climate Action Plan FlyerNovember 2, 2016: Mayor of Pinecrest Cindy Lerner held a panel to discuss how to build resilient communities. The attendees heard from local experts about the most recent science and progress being made to combat sea level rise and extreme weather in South Florida, and what we must do to protect ourselves. The panel included Jim Murley, Miami Dade's Chief Resiliency Officer, Rachel Silverstein of Miami Water Keeper, Brian Soden from RSMAS-UM, and our own Caroline Lewis. 

Years of Living Dangerously Premiere

Years Miami Premiere Invitation FinalOctober 27, 2016: The CLEO Institute, along with Sink or Swim and the National Geographic, hosted a special screening of Season 2, Episode 2 of the Emmy-winning series Years of Living Dangeously. The episode focused on Miami and sea level rise's direct effect on our metropolitan area. Several local politicians and scientists were not only in the film but attended the premiere as well. The guest list included Mayors Cindy Lerner, Philip Stoddard, and Phil Levine. Over 200 lucky guests got to watch an early screening at the Historic Tower Theatre in Little Havana. Delaney Reynolds, of, and Adam Berg, NBC6 Meteoroligist, interviewed public officials, climate scientists, and movie producers on the global live stream red carpet. The video and more can be found here

Webinar: Changing the Tides

Screen Shot 2016-11-04 at 2.25.54 PMOctober 27, 2016: The sixth installment in our webinar series was entitled Changing the Tides: Local Solutions and Engagement. This panel included Delaney Reynolds of, Valencia Gunder from Make the Homeless Smile, and more. The purpose of this webinar was to inform the viewers and participants on what exactly they can do at a local level to try to combat climate change and all its effects. After all, "sea level rise is not just an infrastructure issue, it's a human issue," says Valencia. After the discussion, three action items were finalized: vote climate, donate to organizations that are fighting sea level rise through advocavy, outreach, and education, and demand that our politicians, teachers, religious leaders, etc incorporate the threats of climate change into their policies, curriculums, sermons, etc. 

Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board

UnknownOctober 26, 2016: CLEO's own Caroline Lewis presented at the Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board Housing and Economic Issues Committee (HEIC). The purpose of the meeting was to take an overall view of economic development, employment and housing issues and then recommend strategies for programs that promote opportunity, equity and inclusion, and reduce intergroup tension. Mrs. Lewis presented on the impacts of climate change on moderate to low income communities, and then offered ideas on how to take the next steps. She emphasized the need for: cooling centers, education and outreach on climate change causes and disruptions, and emergency preparedness. 

Miami People's Climate Rally

Screen Shot 2016-10-25 at 5.17.07 PMOctober 23, 2016: Along with 400 other fellow Miami residents, CLEO participated in the 2016 Miami People’s Climate Rally. Climate activists from different organizations and backgrounds gathered at the government center in Downtown Miami and rallied for climate action for several hours where the night concluded with words from several community leaders and CLEO Youth Task Force members. Notable marchers included county and local elected officials, and local university scientists. CLEO staff was also part of the broad group of people who organized the march.

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