October YTF Meeting

Screen Shot 2016-10-25 at 4.37.07 PMOctober 17, 2016: The CLEO Institute hosted its second Youth Task Force (YTF) meeting for this school year. Throughout the meeting, the YTF members, along with CLEO staff, worked on poster boards and sayings for the 2016 People's Climate March the next Sunday. The 10 students brainstormed ideas about clever sayings and then worked together to create cohesive poster boards. These high school students prove that passion for the environment and passion for change start young. No matter how young or old you are, it's never too late to be a part of the solution. 

 

 

Webinar: Managing Florida's Beaches for the Future

florida-beaches-fort-lauderdale-cr-gettyOctober 13, 2016: The fourth installment of the webinar series was about Managing Florida's Beaches for the Future. As seas continue to rise, our beaches continue to grow smaller and smaller each year. To shed some light on this subject, Caroline Lewis moderated a panel that included Jim Murley from the Office of Resilience for Miami-Dade County, Manley Fuller from the Florida Wildlife Federation, and more. As per tradition, the panelists and viewers agreed on two new actionable items at the end: the need for intergovernmental cooperation and resiliency investments, and the need to engage the public in an honest, transparent conversation to develop innovative adaptation plans for vulnerable areas. 

Campaign Rally

IMG 4145October 11, 2016: Hillary Clinton and Al Gore held a campaign rally at Miami Dade College, where The CLEO Institute was invited as VIP. Delaney Reynolds, member of our Youth Task Force and founder of miamisearise.com, was honored to introduce the famous pair. Throughout the rally, both Clinton and Gore stressed the need for clean energy, discussed the Paris climate agreement, and spoke heavily about climate change and all its impacts. 

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. 

 

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