Posts in Q3
Youth in Miami Lead School Strike to Protest Inaction over Climate Change

On Friday, September 20, more than 500 students, teachers, and community members participated in a global climate strike at Miami Beach City Hall to raise awareness of the climate crisis, protest government inaction, and demand a renewable energy transition.

This strike was held in collaboration between The CLEO Institute and fifteen organizations across South Florida. The entire CLEO staff was present at this event.

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2019, Q3, AdvocacyNatalia Ortiz
Climate Talk at Arcola Lakes Library in 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, September 19, CLEO held its third Hurricane Preparedness and Climate Talk at Arcola Lakes Library.

The workshop was facilitated by Natalie Rivas, CLEO’s Program Manager, and Olivia Collins, CLEO’s Director of Programs.

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Climate Training, 2019, Q3Natalia Ortiz
CLEO participates in Green Latinos webinar

On Thursday, September 19, The CLEO Institute participated in a webinar hosted by Green Latinos. Yoca Arditi-Rocha, CLEO’s Executive Director, shared information about the September 20 youth climate strike in Miami Beach and how attendees could get involved. Yoca also discussed the role of Miami as a front-line community in the climate crisis.

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2019, Q3, AdvocacyNatalia Ortiz
CLEO attends "Common Ground in a Changing Climate" discussion

The Common Ground in a Changing Climate discussion took place on September 18 at the Biscayne Bay Nature Center. This discussion was rooted in science, team collaboration and strategic partnerships and highlighted the importance of climate action and resiliency in Florida. 

Natalie Rivas, CLEO’s Program Manager, was invited as a panelist to discuss positive actions that can be spearheaded at individual, local, state and federal levels.

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2019, Q3Natalia Ortiz
Local student donates art exhibition proceeds to CLEO

On Saturday, September 14, The CLEO Institute joined Michael Adams at Ethereal Gallery for the launch of his photo exhibition “Rising Seas: The Endangered Islands of Guna Yala.” The exhibition shed light on the risks that climate change and sea level rise pose on islands of Panama.

Michael Adams is a member of the GenCLEO youth advocacy group and a frequent volunteer at CLEO.

Proceeds from this event were donated to The CLEO Institute and residents of Guna Yala, Panama.

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2019, Q3Natalia Ortiz
ERW 4: We Lead

On Thursday, September 12, CLEO hosted its fourth and final workshop in the second Allapattah edition of its 2019 Empowering Resilient Women program.

Held at the Allapattah Branch Library, the workshop was titled “We Lead” and taught attendees how to use mindfulness as a leadership tool.

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2019, Climate Training, Q3Natalia Ortiz
Launch of CLEO Speakers Network 2019 Fall Cohort

On Tuesday, September 10, more than 20 individuals attended the launch of the third and final cohort of the 2019 CLEO Speaker’s Network at the Center for Social Change. This fall cohort featured people from all ages and background, including our youngest speaker to be certified, 5th grader -Christopher Lyons! 

After a brief program introduction by Olivia Collins, CLEO’s Director of Programs, the session officially launched with the formal climate training. Natalie Rivas, the CSN coach and CLEO’s Program Manager, led students through a two-hour-long training that covered the causes and effects of climate change, as well as tangible solutions.

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2019, Climate Training, Q3Natalia Ortiz
CLEO joins Green Encuentro Environmental Symposium

On Sunday, September 8, The CLEO Institute joined Alianza for Progress during their Green Encuentro Environmental Symposium at Albizu University. Yoca Arditi-Rocha, CLEO’s Executive Director, served on a panel for an in-depth analysis and conversation about the impacts of sea level rise on communities.

The audience, comprised largely of Latino residents, learned the latest statistics of sea level rise and what is being done to address it.

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2019, Q3Natalia Ortiz
Climate and Hurricane Preparedness Talk in 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, September 5, CLEO held its second Climate and Hurricane Preparedness Talk.

The workshop was facilitated by Natalie Rivas, CLEO’s Program Manager, and Julieta Rodrigo, CLEO’s Program Coordinator. 

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CLEO collaborates in STEM Saturday event

On Saturday, August 17, the CLEO Institute collaborated with Dibia Dream for their STEM Saturday event. Their STEM Saturdays initiative transforms community centers into “Incubators of Excellence” by engaging youth ages 7-16 in STEM activities on the weekends at no cost to participants and their families.

Olivia Collins, CLEO’s Director of Programs, helped the other volunteers set up and run the activities.

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2019, Q3Natalia Ortiz
ERW 2: We Prepare

On Thursday, August 15, CLEO hosted its second workshop in the second Allapattah edition of its 2019 Empowering Resilient Women program.

Held at the Allapattah Branch Library, the workshop was titled “We PREPARE” and taught attendees how to prepare for the impacts of intensified hurricanes with a focus on financial preparedness.

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Miami-Dade County Public Schools Climate Talk

Miami-Dade County Public Schools invited CLEO to their Professional Development Day that took place August 8 at Miami-Dade College North Campus. Science teachers and department heads who wanted to know more about integrating climate science into their curriculum attended 2 informational sessions led by the Director of Development, Natalia Ortiz and Program Manager, Natalie Rivas.

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CLEO contributes to Broward environmental group planning

On Saturday, August 10, River of Grass Unitarian Universalist Congregation, located in Broward County, hosted an inaugural meeting of several different South Florida environmental groups to discuss how the congregation and each group might work together moving forward. Phoenix Gonzalez, CLEO’s Faith-Based Outreach intern, represented CLEO.

At the meeting, they discussed how to expand presence, foster better communication and attendance at events, and work toward more inclusivity and diversity within organizations.

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2019, Q3Natalia Ortiz
Climate Talks in West Little River

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. 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.

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"Are You Ready?" Community Fair

On Saturday, August 3, The CLEO Institute participated in the “Are You Ready?” Community Fair. It was spearheaded by the Miami Dade Chapter of the NAACP and was held at the Arcola Lakes Branch Library. CLEO’s Program Manager, Natalie Rivas, spoke to families, parents, and students about intensified hurricanes preparedness.

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2019, Q3Natalia Ortiz