february 25, 2016: In collaboration with the office of Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava and the Village of Palmetto Bay hosted two Climate Change 101 workshops for area residents. The workshops introduced basic climate science and concluded with information on Citizens Climate Lobby letter writing campaign.
february 24, 2016: CLEO’s Executive Director met with representatives from the Talcolcy Center to discuss synergies between the two organization’s work and opportunities for partnerships. The Talcolcy center is partnering with CLEO to host the upcoming Liberty City Climate Community Forum on March 19th. See flyer here.
february 18, 2016: CLEO’s Executive Director presented at the Northshore Democratic Club meeting at the Shorecrest Community Center on February 18th. Those in attendees had an opportunity to ask questions and get clarifications on the latest scientific findings and projections and on what is happening in the South Florida region.
february 17, 2016: In collaboration with the Village of Pinecrest, CLEO co-hosted a film screening and panel discussion of the documentary Merchants of Doubt, based on the book of the same name by Naomi Oreskes. Following the screening, attendees heard from various panelists including: Alan Farago, Loren Parra, Luiz Rodrigues, Laura Reynolds, and CLEO Youth Task Force member, Matt Barocas.
february 13, 2016: CLEO continued its Climate Change 101 project by holding climate conversations in Liberty City and Little Haiti on Saturday, February 13th. The Liberty City residents meeting yielded a strong local planning group who is moving forward with CLEO to plan and host a town hall on March 19th. Further conversations with Little Haiti are pending scheduling of town hall in their community. In each community, CLEO will host: community conversation, a climate town hall, and a climate 101 training session. This work is being supported in part by The Miami Foundation.
february 8, 2016: In collaboration with the City of Miami Beach, CLEO trained an additional 120 municipal employees. During the training, employees received Climate Change 101 training. Following this, group discussions on Miami Beach’s efforts compelling insights on what Miami Beach is doing well, what it should be doing more of, and why Miami Beach is so resilient were facilitated by CLEO. The training was well-received and the City looks forward to collaborating with CLEO in the future.
february 4, 2016: CLEO Institute in collaboration with the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Florida International University held a town hall meeting with residents of Shorecrest and surrounding communities. It is heartening to have that mix of residents, advocates, scientists, educators, and city and county staff addressing real concerns. This will be on going and important. This and other Climate Change 101 community work was sponsored in part by The Miami Foundation.
January 30, 2016: In partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, CLEO offered its third Climate Across the Curriculum workshop for educators across disciplines and grade levels on Saturday, January 30th at the University of Miami. In addition to receiving CC101 training, teachers also heard from climate research and education specialists: Lauren Barth-Cohen from the University of Miami School of Education, Dr. Jack Parker, Florida International University; Dr. Ben Kirtman, University of Miami School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, and Amy Leonard, Biology teacher at Miami Palmetto Sr. High and CLEO Youth Task Force advisor. Furthermore, teachers enjoyed brainstorming sessions that allowed them to create strategies to address climate issues and to explore community partners to scale these efforts in their schools and classrooms. Attending the Climate across the Curriculum workshop was incredibly beneficial. As an AP Environmental Science teacher, I felt that I left the workshop more informed on the true science of the issues. Having university faculty and leading scientists in the field present their most recent research was highly stimulating.”
January 25, 2016: 15 South Florda mayors representing more than 920,000 South Florida residents released a letter sent to Senator Marco Rubio requesting a meeting to discuss the risks facing Florida communities due to climate change. A similar letter was also sent to Governor Jeb Bush's campaign office. The bipartisan group of 15 signatories included Tomas Regalado, mayor of the City of Miami, Jack Seiler, mayor of Fort Lauderdale, and Jeri Muoio, mayor of West Palm Beach. The letter was organized as a joint initiative of The CLEO Institute and ClimateTruth.org. See letter here. See press release here.
January 22, 2016: The CLEO Institute partnered with Miami Shores Village to train approximately 60 municipal employees as part of the CLEO Climate Change 101 Municipality Training Program. Employees were taught about climate science, seriousness, and solutions. Miami Shores is now the 6th municipality to train employees as part of CLEO’s training program.
January 20, 2016: The CLEO Institute co-hosted a film screening and panel discussion of This Changes Everything. The film, based on Naomi Klein’s best-selling book, is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Panelists for the discussion included: Kamalah Fletcher, Catalyst Miami & Moms Clean Air Force, Caroline Lewis, The CLEO Institute, Shalla Sorensen, CLEO Youth Task Force member and John Van Leer, Ph.D, University of Miami & Citizens Climate Lobby. Approximately 100 community members were present.
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