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 miamisearise.com, 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 miamisearise.com, 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.

Webinar: Sea Turtles

green-sea-turtle-closeup-underwater.jpg.adapt.945.1October 20, 2016: The fifth chapter in our webinar series focused on Sea Turtles: An Indicator Species. Unfortunately, climate change is a threat multiplier and has profound effects on land, species, and entire ecosystems. Sea Turtles are indicator species, meaning they can show us the levels of the effects climate change has had on us already. Several expert panelist weighed in on the matter including Dr. Mariana Fuentes from FSU, Chuck Carr from the Wildlife Conservation Society, and more. Key action items included supporting legistlation to: end the construction of sea walls and end subsidies to keep rebuilding in harm's way. 

Climate Change 101 Training for The Women's Club of Coconut Grove

Screen Shot 2016-10-25 at 4.53.39 PMOctober 18, 2016: CLEO’s Executive Director, Caroline Lewis, gave an excellent presentation on the basics of climate science, seriousness, and solutions at The Woman's Club of Coconut Grove on Tuesday night. Throughout the audience of about 60 people, Miami City Commissioner Ken Russell was in attendance. The attendees felt moved by Caroline's presentation and many of them asked to be a part of CLEO's volunteer staff and a part of our CLEO Speakers Network. 


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