Climate Talks in West Little River

With hurricane season well underway, The CLEO Institute spearheaded a hurricane preparedness discussion in the Little River/West Little River neighborhood as part of a Miami-Dade County grant. On Thursday, August 8, CLEO staff kicked off the Climate Talks at Arcola Lakes Library. The workshop was facilitated by Natalie Rivas, the Program Manager, and Olivia Collins, the Director of Programs.

It began with a 30-minute Climate 101, where Natalie explained the science, impacts and solutions of the climate crisis. She highlighted impacts local to Miami like the threat of increased storm surge, sea level rise and salt water intrusion. Olivia followed with a detailed 20-minute hurricane preparedness component, expanding on what kind of items make a complete hurricane kit and what county and community resources are available to residents. She covered the importance of having a family communication plan and knowing your local evacuation centers and community action centers.

Afterwards, the attendees completed a survey giving feedback on what they learned. All attendees enjoyed a delicious vegetarian meal from Naomi’s Garden Restaurant and received a solar puff, a CLEO grocery tote bag, a reusable water bottle as well as a hurricane prep checklist and more resources provided by Catalyst Miami.

The CLEO Institute would like to thank Arcola Lakes Library and their staff for being so welcoming and the attendees for being so engaged and asking great questions. Some questions posed covered why walking in flood water is dangerous and the health benefits of a plant-rich diet and its connection to climate change. Don’t miss our next Climate Talk: Hurricane Preparedness at North Central Branch Library on September 5, 2019 at 5:30 pm or at Arcola Lakes Library on September 19, 2019 at 5:30 pm.

2019Natalia Ortiz