January 26, 2017: Now, more than ever, The CLEO Institute is calling on the community to drive climate action. Thus, the millennial movement was formed. On Thursday, a group of 15 young adults met and brainstormed different ideas and strategies on how to continue our fight against climate change. From finance experts to elementary art teachers, the group of motivated adults came up with innovative ideas such as a wall mural, a video contest, or even a documentary in order to keep educating the public on the science, seriousness, and solutions of climate change. If you, or anyone you know, might be interested in joining the movement to resist climate denial, please contact
for more information. Read the report from their CC101 here.
January 12, 2017: The CLEO Institute held its first ever Leadership Circle brainstorm session! As inducted Leadership Circle members, CLEO values the input and opinion of all of our inductees. Serving as our CLEO Advisors, about 15 inducted members spent a few hours together brainstorming several strategies and ideas that CLEO can take on this year. Now more than ever, we're calling on the community to continue and scale our outreach. Attending members ranged from our own Board Member and Mayor of Surfside Daniel Dietch to Miami Dade County's Office of Resilience Sustainibility Officer Katie Hagemann. After a productive meeting, two action items were created and CLEO will move forward with implementing them with the help of our Leadership Circle members.
Thursday, December 15: Caroline Lewis moderated a panel hosted by New America Media. The panel focused on climate impacts and justice in Miami's communities, especially communities of color. Among the panelists were Dr. John Van Leer from UM, Zelalem Adefris from Catalyst Miami, Karina Castillo from Moms Clean Air Force, and John Morales from NBC6. After the panel, the 30 attendees, who were mostly journalists, brainstormed strategies for covering climate change in a way to get key information to audiences.
Monday, 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.
Friday, 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.
November 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.
November 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.
November 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.
November 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.
November 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.
October 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.
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