The CLEO Institute, in partnership with The University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, is pleased to host its 10th annual Empowering Capable Climate Communicators Symposium virtually, welcoming speakers from across the world, for a 3-day discussion on climate and health. Our symposium will take place on November 19th, November 20th, and November 21st. Those who have already purchased tickets, your tickets will be honored. Ticket sales will go on sale on September 1st. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at


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Monday, June 08, 2020 | 6:30pm TO 7:30pm

On this 2020 World Oceans Day, ARTSail Residency and Research Initiative and The Little Haiti Cultural Complex are partnering up to bring to you a panel of climate and community activists,
artists, marine biologists, and ocean experts to discuss climate impacts from coral bleaching to climate gentrifi cation, and off er solutions.


Wednesday, June 10, 2020 | 6:00pm TO 7:00pm

Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. They make up a huge sector of the U.S. economy, so collectively, small businesses can make a big difference to the climate crisis.

Now, as we transition to a COVID-19 world, small businesses are pivoting and adapting to the new way of life. Join us in our Adapting to Change event as we provide resources, tools, and help facilitate networking relationships to create unity as we adapt together with the climate crisis in mind.

This will be a great way to network, obtain resources that could help your business and create local and long lasting business relationships.

Our Miami: People’s Forums-District 1 Candidates

Thursday, June 11, 2020 | 5:00pm TO 6:00pm

This year, Miami-Dade will choose a new Mayor and seven new county commissioners – these are the elected officials who impact our day-to-day quality of life. We have partnered with The Miami Foundation and other local non-profits to launch the “Our Miami: People’s Forums” series to connect residents to the candidates to empower and inform you come Election Day. On June 11, we will be hosting the candidates for county commission District 1. JOIN US!


Tuesday, June 16, 2020 | 12:00pm TO 1:30pm

GenCLEO invites you to our webinar event, “Climate Activism During the Pandemic”!

COVD-19 has put a pause on many of GenCLEO’s advocacy initiatives such as climate strikes and passing climate emergencies. However, many activists have still found ways to stay active and protect the future of our planet through the power of the Internet and video conferencing platforms.

Panelists consist of: Rebecca Harris, Organizing Director of The Climate Mobilization, which aims to train individuals on passing climate emergencies. Along with Katie Eder, Executive Director of the Future Coalition, which helps to organize the US Youth Climate Strike Coalition.

Join this webinar to learn how these climate activists and their organizations have continued to take climate action during a global pandemic and how you can do the same.

Civics 101 Webinar: Becoming a Powerful Constituent

Thursday, June 18, 2020 | 1:00pm TO 2:00pm

Guest, Eric Rollings (Orlando Family Magazine’s “Man of the Year 2019”, “Extraordinary Environmental Champion”) will be giving us a comprehensive overview of how our governmental systems work with a special emphasis on how to engage your elected officials and pass initiatives.

We will cover everything from City Hall to the White House, so that you can become a more powerful constituent and truly utilize your important influence over your representatives.

Taller de Preparacion para la Temporada de Huracanes

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 | 6:00pm TO 7:00pm

La temporada de huracanes esta aqui, y el Instituto CLEO esta colaborando con ministerios de fe en Hillsborough para dar un taller de preparación!

Aprenderemos sobre:

Conexión entre el cambio climatico, los huracanes, nuestro uso de energía, y cómo nos podemos preparar juntos, financieramente y con varios recursos disponibles para la comunidad.

GenCLEO Webinar Series: Florida Climate Pledge’s Storytelling Workshop

Friday, June 26, 2020 | 12:00pm TO 1:30pm

Learn how to tell your climate narrative.

Pensacola: Hurricane Preparedness Workshop

Friday, June 26, 2020 | 6:00pm TO 7:00pm

Hurricane season is right around the corner and especially in a COVID-19 world, families everywhere are struggling to prepare.

Join Unity in the Family Ministry and The CLEO Institute’s Florida Climate Pledge in our hurricane Preparedness workshop.

Through this 1 hour workshop we will discuss climate and hurricanes 101, financial literacy, and the distribution of free hurricane kits to help prepare your family for this hurricane season.

GenCLEO Virtual Organizing Meetup (State Wide)

Wednesday, July 01, 2020 | 3:30pm TO 5:00pm

The next GenCLEO virtual meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 1st, from 3:30-5:00 pm. We will be discussing updates for our upcoming student-led webinar series as well as tips on helping your family become more sustainable.

Our Miami: The People’s Forum- County Commission District 9

Thursday, July 09, 2020 | 5:00pm TO 6:30pm

This year, Miami-Dade will choose a new Mayor and seven new county commissioners – these are the elected officials who impact our day-to-day quality of life. We have partnered with The Miami Foundation and other local non-profits to launch the “Our Miami: People’s Forums” series to connect residents to the candidates to empower and inform you come Election Day. On July 9, we will be hosting the candidates for county commission District 9. JOIN US.

EPA Rollbacks – How will these changes impact my community?

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 | 6:00pm TO 7:00pm
Poder Latinx’s Environmental Equity webinar series aims to bring awareness and engage our communities to understand what is affecting their health, why this is happening, how the environment plays a role, and the steps we can take to bring solutions. Through educational and action-oriented webinars accompanied by professionals and trusted community leaders with information in English and Spanish, our goal is to grow our conversation within the Latinx community.
Join us as we discuss the Environmental Protection Agency rollbacks and how this will impact our community. What does it mean for those living directly in the shadows of polluted areas and toxic sites? And the consequences of these changes to our day to day life.

Tampa Bay Hurricane Preparedness Workshop

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 | 6:00pm TO 7:00pm
Hurricane season is here and especially in a COVID-19 world, families everywhere are struggling to prepare.
Join the CLEO Institute’s Florida Climate Pledge in our hurricane Preparedness workshop. Through this 1 hour workshop, we will discuss climate, hurricanes 101, and how to prepare your family for this hurricane season. The first 8 people to register will receive a free hurricane kit.

Hurricane Preparedness Training

Friday, July 31, 2020 | 5:00pm TO 6:30pm

CLEO will be joining the Central Florida Disaster Resilience Initiative’s Hurricane Preparedness Week on Friday, July 31. We will be leading a Hurricane Preparedness Training, followed by a Hurricane Prep Raffle.

GenCLEO Statewide Meeting

Wednesday, August 05, 2020 | 3:30pm TO 5:00pm

What: The next GenCLEO virtual meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 5th, from 3:30-5:00 pm via Zoom. We will have a special guest speaker, Dr. Maribeth Gidley, an NOAA affiliate and environmental public health physician and microbiologist,  who will be talking about climate change and health. After her presentation, Dr. Gildey will be holding a Q&A session to answer any of your questions. There will also be a discussion on how to pass a climate emergency in your city.  Finally, we will be providing updates for our GenCLEO Student Showcase on August 17th.

Florida Climate Justice Solutions

Wednesday, August 05, 2020 | 5:30pm TO 6:30pm

Florida is often considered the poster child for climate impacts, especially South Florida. However, the future of our community doesn’t have to be defined by the climate crisis. Thankfully, The U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis (SCCC) has provided a plan of action that will achieve economic growth, protect our health, and reduce the threat of climate change.

Register today to join Frances Colon-Former Deputy Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State, along with Caroline Lewis – Founder of The CLEO Institute and Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell virtually on Wednesday, August 5th at 5:30 pm to learn more about how the SCCC plans to take action on climate and what solutions we can enact in our community.

Climate Change and Systemic Racism

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 | 6:00pm TO 7:00pm
Climate change disproportionately impacts communities of color by affecting one’s health and the ability to be resilient through climatic disasters. According to Washington Post, “The United States has a deep history of reckless exploitation of natural resources — forests, topsoil, water, fish and game, minerals, coal, oil, and natural gas — all of which have been extracted for quick economic gain without regard for the ecological and human consequences. The ransacking of the planet’s assets has been perpetrated through colonialism and expropriation at the expense of indigenous people and racial minorities” Healing structural violence is actually in the best interest of all human beings, which is why we welcome individuals from diverse communities to join us for the Climate Change and Systemic Racism webinar.

Disposable City A conversation with the author about Miami’s future & current events

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 | 6:00pm TO 7:00pm

Miami is Ground Zero for the climate crisis. We need bold, equitable, and inclusive climate action now if we want to preserve it and all of its residents in a just manner. Author Mario Ariza joins us for a reading of his book, Disposable City: Miami’s Future on the Shores of the Climate Catastrophe. After reading from Disposable Cities, we will take a broader look at Miami’s future and the USACE Back Bay study’s impacts on our communities. Don’t miss this timely and important webinar moderated by Climate Change Reporter for the Miami Herald, Alex Harris- register today.

Energy Equity & Impacts of Off-Shore Drilling

Thursday, August 13, 2020 | 6:00pm TO 7:00pm

In 2020, it is projected that offshore oil will reach its peak in production. Florida’s current moratorium is at risk for a Congressional loophole so that the decision-making will be transferred to the presidentially-appointed Secretary of Defense. Sen. Rubio has offered a 10-year extension to the current protection.

This extension is currently being discussed in Congress. Off-shore drilling is both unnecessary and detrimental to coastal communities and habitats. We can recall the devastation from the BP Oil spill. A repeat of that in this current economic collapse would cause further devastation to at-risk communities along the Gulf. Continuing to drill off-shore is not worth the risk. Instead of crude oil as a main American export, we would like to explore energy independence through renewable energy innovations. This includes Solar, Wind, and Wave Power as an alternative.

GenCLEO Webinar Series: Student Showcase

Monday, August 17, 2020 | 3:30pm TO 5:00pm

Learn about projects our GenCLEO youth leaders have been involved with.

Register here

Climate Emergency Response Training

Thursday, August 20, 2020 | 6:00pm TO 7:30pm

Become A Part Of Our Growing Coalition – Help Build The Movement For A Livable Future

We are facing an existential crisis and Florida on the frontlines. Rising temperatures have made us more vulnerable to hurricanes, sea level rise, algae blooms, fish kills, fires and extreme heat. Issues like this threaten our safety, our economy, our health, our state, our country and the world as we know it.

We are also seeing massive injustices in our systems, while the world is being rocked by the Covid-19 crisis, which has affected black and poor communities the most.

As overwhelming as all of this can be, recent events with Covid-19 have shown us that the government has the ability to take massive action in response to a crisis, and that the sooner we act, the more chance we have to avoid major disaster. We have never faced so many simultaneous threats, but we have also never met a greater opportunity to create a healthier, more just world. We must create a system that brings people together, supports racial and social justice, and helps all of us thrive.

It’s time for our leaders to act now to save us from climate disaster before it’s too late. Because massive action is needed but it’s up to all of us to mobilize to force the political will to make that happen.

Come share your vision for the future you want to create while learning more about how we can do it together. Join us to demand that our leaders support the Climate Emergency Declaration which would help address climate justice while also mobilizing the massive actions that can turn this around.

Victory is possible. It’s time for all of us to demand the political will needed to achieve it.

Register here

CLIMATE RESTORATION: What Is It Exactly – And Is It Even Possible?

Thursday, August 27, 2020 | 5:00pm TO 6:00pm

“We all want to restore the climate, if it’s possible.
It is possible – It’s only impossible if we don’t try. And we haven’t tried because we thought it was impossible.”
-Peter Fiekowsky

The current fight for a sustainable future is usually framed around the extreme challenge of limiting our planetary warming to 1.5 to 2°C, the goal set forth by the Paris climate accord.

This goal accepts that continued global warming is inescapable and will inevitably create ever worsening massive disruptions to all of our ecosystems, including continued and worsening fires, floods, snow bombs, continued extinction of many species, food shortages, bigger, more intense hurricanes and flooded coastlines.

While 350 ppm is widely agreed to be the maximum possibly safe level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, CO2 was actually at 280 ppm before the industrial age, and humans have never lived long-term with CO2 above 300 ppm. That is why we are seeing so much disruption now the CO2 levels 50% higher than any time in human history.

In light of the current world-wide struggle to achieve the 450 ppm goals set by the Paris climate accord, which we are unlikely to survive– is it even possible to imagine that we could do far better than that by bringing levels all the way down below 300 ppm again?

Join us as we discuss what exactly it could take to draw down a trillion tons of carbon dioxide by the year 2050 and restore the climate. How is it even possible to meet this audacious goal and what systemic changes, new technology, and governmental support would we need to get there?

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GenCLEO Monthly Virtual Meetup- September

Wednesday, September 02, 2020 | 4:00pm TO 5:00pm

Please join us for GenCLEO Monthly Virtual Meetup. Come share your ideas and make friends throughout the state of Florida. GenCLEO welcomes middle school, high school, and university students.


September 2020: Increasing youth civic engagement for the 2020 elections and beyond; what causes youth voter apathy and how to overcome it
October 2020: Using the power of your voice through climate conversations; finding common ground; activating your circle of influence
November 2020: Debriefing the results of the 2020 elections; identifying opportunities for climate advocacy with new elected officials
December 2020: Creating a climate action strategy for 2021

Any questions about GenCLEO or our youth advocacy work? Contact or (305) 573-5251.

GenCLEO Tampa Bay: Climate Declaration Meeting

Friday, September 04, 2020 | 4:00pm TO 5:00pm

Join us as we discuss, organize, and mobilize to pass a climate emergency declaration in the Tampa Bay area.

Killer Heat: The Urgency of Rising Temperatures

Thursday, September 10, 2020 | 12:00pm TO 1:00pm
Join us for a discussion about the impacts of climate and heat with Dr. Rachel Licker from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Dr. Licker will be presenting the UCS Killer Heat maps and discussing current heat, what 2050 holds, and how heat impacts us personally. We will be looking at bold and rapid climate solutions we can implement now to reduce emissions and prevent the worst from becoming reality.

Climate Crisis Impacts in Florida with John Morales

Thursday, September 17, 2020 | 12:00pm TO 1:00pm
Record-breaking temperatures, intensifies hurricanes, rising sea levels- join us for a look at what climate change means for Florida with NBC-6’s Chief Meteorologist, John Morales.

Surviving Florida Summers: Heat Stress on Outdoor Workers

Thursday, September 24, 2020 | 5:00pm TO 6:00pm

Heat is a significant and growing public health problem in Florida.

Florida has one of the highest rates of heat-related hospitalizations in the nation, and in 2016 Florida had 1112 hospitalizations. Heat is the leading weather-related killer in the U.S., and the problem will only get worse due to climate change.  Excessive heat can harm anyone, but some populations are at greater risk, including outdoor workers. Jurisdictions must work to mitigate climate change and begin protecting the people most vulnerable to its harms.

In this webinar, we will hear from Juley Fulcher from Public Citizen and Jeannie Economos of the Farmworker Association as they discuss the intersection between heat and outdoor worker heath, and the ways COVID-19 has impacted these concerns

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