ERWG Workshop #1: We Learn

On Tuesday, February 12, CLEO launched the Allapattah edition of its 2019 Empowering Resilient Women and Girls program. Hosted at the YMCA in Allapattah, this program consists of 4 workshops to teach women and girls about the causes, effects and impacts of climate change, as well as offer leadership training to empower participants to become changemakers and advocates.

The first workshop was titled “We Learn” and explored how climate change impacts the South Florida community at large and specifically women. Spanish translation was provided. 

Olivia, CLEO’s Director of Programs, and Claudia, CLEO’s new Program Manager, started with an informative Climate Change 101 presentation. The attendees learned about the safety risks caused by climate change in South Florida, including increased flooding, extreme heat, saltwater intrusion, and air pollution, and how all these changes threaten our physical and mental health. Participants also learned about what solutions they could implement in their daily lives, such as joining a local solar co-op, reducing single-use plastics, incorporating more vegetarian meals, becoming more conscious consumers, reducing food waste, and using the power of their vote and voice.

The attendees expressed much interest in purchasing alternative items to replace their single-use plastic consumption and decrease their carbon footprint, while also reducing their exposure to the chemicals in plastic products. Such items included bamboo toothbrushes and menstrual cups, which created further conversation about accessibility of environmentally-friendly items in Allapattah and Miami-Dade County at large, as many of these alternative items are only available in more affluent neighborhoods. Suggestions were made to try online platforms to access these items.

Also in attendance was the League of Women Voters, represented by Rachel Federgreen. They encouraged the participants to register to vote.