In 2018, CLEO carried out the “Creating Climate Connections” program in four different communities: Allapattah, Hialeah, Overtown and Little Haiti.
After the 2017 hurricane season, CLEO realized that many communities were adversely affected by Hurricane Irma. As a result, CLEO convened groups of concerned community leaders to discuss how to better prepare their community for the following:
· Emergency Preparedness
· Climate Gentrification
· King Tide Flooding
· Heat and Health
Over the course of 2018, CLEO hosted listening sessions in each community, followed by a climate change workshop and then a community forum. The picture above highlights our community workshop conducted in Little Haiti.
In 2018, CLEO developed a pilot program called Empowering Resilient Women and Girls, The Power of WE’ – a program for women and adolescent girls to connect the dots between climate change, health risks, economy, emergency preparedness, and civic engagement. The photo above highlights our first workshop, focused on climate change science, solutions and the urgency to take action.
Every year, CLEO hosts a 2-day symposium that focuses on the science and solutions of climate change. In 2018, CLEO's event was a success, covering topics such as sea level rise, ocean acidification, food and fresh water vulnerability, biodiversity, climate equity, climate policy, solar and alternative energy and community engagement.
In collaboration with the Van Allen Institute, CLEO hosted a 3-week summer Climate Design Lab, designed for high school students, to help them better understand the impacts and solutions to the climate crisis. The program was a huge success, culminating in a presentation in front of a panel of judges, where the students showcased their final projects and their biggest takeaways.
In collaboration with Climate Nexus, CLEO hosted and moderated a panel at Vizcaya Museum and Garden for the Freedom to Breathe Bus Tour. This national tour bus crossed the country, to highlight climate change impacts in communities that are getting hit the hardest. We heard from scientists, elected officials, community residents, cultural centers, and business leaders, on what is happening, and what we need to do to make Miami resilient.