Empowering Capable Climate Communicators Symposium 2019

On Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27, more than 250 people gathered at Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay Campus to attend CLEO’s ninth annual Empowering Capable Climate Communicators Symposium. Held in collaboration with FIU’s Sea Level Solutions Center, this event was one of the most important climate and resilience symposiums in South Florida.

Over the course of two days, more than 30+ distinguished speakers shared their expertise in panels and breakout sessions covering the latest science and research. These speakers represented a wide range of careers, from physicians and professors to investment managers and policy advocates. During the panels, participants learned how climate change impacts health, Florida’s economy and tourism, alternative energy, climate justice, Florida’s resilience, and our natural environment. In addition, special breakout sessions provided targeted training to media professionals, youth, and health practitioners.

The four keynote addresses were by:

  • Dr. Michal Mann, Nobel Prize winner and Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State

  • Chad Frischmann, Vice President and Research Director for Project Drawdown

  • Noah Valenstein, Secretary of Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection

  • Terry Tamminen, CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

During the Solutions Carousel, local organizations and businesses gave presentations to teach attendees how they can start taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint.

To close the symposium, attendees were led in a performance piece by Xavier Cortada, a local artist. Each attendee wrote and sealed a letter to the future, with opening dates between twenty and eighty years into the future. In them, they expressed their hopes and fears for the future.

The CLEO Institute extends its great appreciation to all the panelists and speakers, community partners, sponsors, volunteers and supporters for making the 2019 ECCC a rousing success.