Climate Lectures at Coral Gables Senior High School

On Friday, October 4, The CLEO Institute gave two climate presentations at Coral Gables Senior High School.

These lectures were part of CLEO’s new Resilient Schools program, and were facilitated by Natalia Ortiz, CLEO’s Director of Development, and Julieta Rodrigo, CLEO’s Associate Program Manager.

More than fifty students attended the lectures. Over the course of one hour, students learned about the science, seriousness, and solutions for climate change. The students asked questions about South Florida’s risk in relation to sea level rise, ocean dead zones, and how extreme heat will negatively impact low-wealth communities.

Following the climate lectures, students learned about local initiatives from Matt Anderson, Senior Sustainability Analyst at the City of Coral Gables. He shared valuable information about Coral Gables’ environmental efforts including increasing green spaces and public parks, waiving permit fees for solar panels in new constructions, and expanding public transportation options through trolleys and scooters.

At the end of the presentations, students were invited to join CLEO’s Speakers Network and to launch the Climate Leadership Information Program at their school.

The CLEO Institute would like to thank Elizabeth Kiely, a chemistry teacher and leader of Gables Earth environmental club at Coral Gables Senior High School, for inviting us to speak in her classroom. In addition, we would like to thank Matt Anderson for informing the students about the exciting environmental initiatives happening in the City of Coral Gables.