September 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!
September 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.
September 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.
September 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.
August 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.
August 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.
August 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.
JULY 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.
June 30, 2016: The CLEO Institute, along with FANM and other community partners, held a town hall meeting at the New Florida Majority office in Little Haiti. The residents and city/county officials discussed hurricane preparedness, sustainability programs, and a joint community effort to address climate-related issues. Because low-income communities are more vulnerable, the discussion was important to creating a more climate-resilient future. You can read the report here and see pictures from the event here.
June 27: CLEO’s Executive Director, Caroline Lewis, helped fundraise money in order to support a week-long summer camp in Liberty City focused on climate science and climate justice. The camp was spearheaded by Paulette Richards of Women in Leadership Miami and hosted about 20 children, ages 6-13. Caroline presented the basics of climate science to the kids and our dear Lynne Hudgins, of The CLEO Teachers' Network, also gave a detailed presentation on the causes and effects of climate change. Overall, the camp was a huge success and a great step towards educating the children who will grow up to one day change the world. You can see pictures from the camp here.
June 23, 2016: CLEO Institute in collaboration with Sweetwater officials held a town hall meeting with residents of Sweetwater, and both city and county officials. The attendees received a basic climate science run-down by FIU Professor Dr. Henry Briceno. The residents and officials discussed flooding plans, sustainability programs, and an overall community effort to mitigate climate-related issues. Bringing together the community and Sweetwater staff is imperative to finding a solution and is a great beginning to a new Sweetwater. See the flyer here and pictures here. You can also read the report here.
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