Webinar: Public Policy & Sea Level Rise

post1October 10, 2016: The third episode of our Ahead of the Tide webinar series concentrated on Public Policy and Sea Level Rise. The panel of experts included Mayor Stoddard from South Miami, Mayor Dietch from Surfside, Dr. Henry Briceno from FIU, and many more. At the conclusion, Caroline Lewis demanded all of the participants agree on two action items: the need to fund innovation and pursue an enterprise think tank focused on climate resilience for the greater Miami area, and the need to collectively support a carbon tax. After all, Mrs. Lewis says, "if we don't lead by example, no one will listen."

Webinar: Rising Waters

20120626-floating-worldSeptember 29, 2016: As part of our partnership with CAVU, the second installment of the Ahead of the Tide webinar series focused on Rising Waters: Threats to People, Beaches, and Wildlife. Caroline Lewis moderated the panel which included guests like Dr. Hal Wanless from UM, Dr. Jeff Chanton from FSU, and David Letson from UM. After the webinar, Caroline, the panelists, and the viewers came together to come up with two actionable items we can all do to help this fight against climate change: prioritizing the adoption of a carbon tax or inducting a fee to account for the cost of carbon pollution, and to vote NO on Amendment 1 in November to avoid limiting solar energy in Florida. 

100 Resilient Cities Agenda Setting Workshop

IMG 9975September 29, 2016: CLEO's Executive Director, Caroline Lewis, attended the Greater Miami and the Beaches Resilience Workshop as part of an effort to prepare for our role as one of 100 Resilient Cities. The City of Miami, the City of Miami Beach, and Miami-Dade County have all been selected as part of 100 Resilient Cities, a program pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. The workshop brought together diverse representatives from all across the county in order to set an agenda to launch our commitment to help Miami become more resilient to physical, social, and economic challenges. Mayors like Tomas Regalado, Philip Levine, and Carlos Gimenez were all in attendance. 

September Youth Task Force (YTF) Meeting

YTF SeptSeptember 26, 2016: The CLEO Institute held its first Youth Task Force (YTF) meeting for this school year. Our YTF is comprised of high school students who recognize the urgency of climate change and are motivated to do what they can to mitigate. This first planning meeting had 15 attendees who promised to not only meet monthly to spearhead climate-related initiatives, but to also bring a friend for our meeting next month! With the help of our staff and CLEO Speakers Network, YTF members can be trained to be climate speakers. Join our YTF now!




Ahead of the Tide Live Premiere!

IMG 9854September 20, 2016: The CLEO Institute and CAVU kicked off the Ahead of the Tide webinar series with a live video premiere and an interactive panel discussion. Caroline Lewis moderated the panel which included guests like Dr. Harold Wanless from the University of Miami, County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, and more. We ended the first forum with two actionable tasks that the audience can take part in to make a difference: attend the People's Climate March on October 23 and create a canditate questionnaire to ask local politicians their stances on key climate policies. The event was broadcast live online and has received almost 3,000 views so far.

CLEO Demands A Climate Action Budget

14292289 669753756511642 8043621927956888841 nSeptember 8, 2016: CLEO's Executive Director, Caroline Lewis, along with the Miami Climate Alliance (MCA), flooded the Miami-Dade County Budget Hearing to speak in favor of a budget designated specifically for climate action. The CLEO Institute is working with the MCA to demand a budget that meaningfully addresses sea level rise, climate change, and environmental justice for all our communities. Several MCA members, including Caroline, created pitches to convince the county, while others simply attended to show support for providing the funds necessary to combat climate change.



Gifford Arboretum Climate 101

Screen Shot 2016-09-22 at 11.28.10 AMSeptember 7, 2016: The CLEO Institute presented an overview of climate science, seriousness, and solutions for the University of Miami's Gifford Arboretum members. The 40 attendees felt moved and motivated to demand climate action and the excitement in the room was palpable. There is momentum going on in regards to climate change action and the more we can engage, the better. After all, change stars locally. 

Sea Level Solutions Center Opening

Screen Shot 2016-09-22 at 11.45.44 AMAugust 30, 2016: Florida International University invited The CLEO Institute to the Sea Level Solutions Community Opening at the Miami Beach Urban Studios. To celebrate the opening, there was a Solutions Expo with displays and presentations by sea level experts and speakers. Some of these included FIU President and Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Chairman Mark B. Rosenberg, City of Miami Sea Level Rise Committee Chairman Wayne Pathman, and Miami-Dade County Chief Resilience Officer James Murley. Congratulations to our partner and friend, Dr. Tiffany Troxler, who had a huge role in the opening of the Sea Level Solutions Center. 


CLEO Meets with Bangladesh Climate Leaders

IMG 3871August 11, 2016: The CLEO Institute held a meeting with Global Ties Miami and Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner. Global Ties Miami is an organization that was hosting a delegation from Bangladesh that was interested in exploring resilience to climate change and sea level rise. These Bangladesh leaders were selected by U.S. Embassies to participate due to their exceptional work in their fields. The CLEO Institute was highlighted as an organization they'd like to meet with to learn about our work informing and engaging the public on the realities of climate change. The group discussed climate change adaptation, mitigation, education, and outreach. 

CLEO Co-Hosts Second Session of Little Haiti Town Hall

FullSizeRenderAugust 11, 2016: The CLEO Institute, along with FANM and New Florida Majority, held the second session of our Little Haiti Climate Town Hall. Building on the conversation from the first town hall, Valencia Gunder from New Florida Majority opened the discussion. The residents agreed that climate change was not just about sea level rise or heat, but the health disruptions that come with it as well. Our executive director, Caroline Lewis, is currently trying to work with Miami-Dade County to ensure every under-resourced house in Little Haiti and Liberty City has one funtctioning central air conditioning unit, along with a stipend to help pay the growing electricity bills. While climate change affects all of us, CLEO is making efforts to ensure underprivileged communities have access to the same resources. Read an article from the Miami New Times about our meeting here. 

Climate Change 101 Training for Sweetwater

Screen Shot 2016-07-20 at 2.29.29 PMJULY 12, 2016: CLEO’s Executive Director, Caroline Lewis, trained a group of Sweetwater residents on the basics of climate science, seriousness, and solutions. The 25 attendees learned exactly what's causing climate change and how they can drive climate action by finding and acting on solutions. You can see the flyer here and see some pictures here.


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