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The historic divestment of women, especially women of color, results in exposing women to higher risks and greater burdens from the impacts of climate change. This story was no different when Miami faced Hurricane Irma in 2017. CLEO’s Empowering Resilient Women was created in its aftermath as a response to the visible gaps that left marginalized communities under-represented and under-supported in emergency preparedness. Women build community cohesion by often playing the role of first responders and caretakers at home. In this way, when women are impacted by the climate crisis, whether through extreme heat, intensified hurricanes, or asthma exacerbated by air pollution… our communities feel the ripple effects.
In 2020, CLEO launched a new version of Empowering Resilient Women (ERW) program in Miami, Orlando, and Tallahassee with food security as an added component after COVID-19 made evident how fragile our food systems truly are.
ERW is based on 4 pillars explored in each of the online workshops: We LEARN, We CONNECT, We PREPARE and We LEAD. Supplementing group discussions online, the cohort meets 2-3 times in person at a local garden to build capacity in their urban gardening skills.
2021 Summer/ Fall workshops
All online workshops are from 6:00 – 8:00 pm (ET)
Wednesday, August 11th – WE LEARN: Program Orientation & basics of the climate crisis
Wednesday, August 18th – WE CONNECT: Understanding the climate crisis as a threat multiplier
Wednesday, August 25th – WE PREPARE: Resilience in the face of extreme weather
Wednesday, September 1st – WE LEAD: Leadership through civic engagement & mindfulness
IN THE GARDEN
All garden field trips are from 5:00 – 7:30 pm (ET), located in Little Haiti
Sunday, September 5th – Intro to South Florida gardening & preparing for summer
Sunday- September 12th – Building soil & starting your own seedlings
The Miami program beings August 11. Find out more info and register here.