EMPOWERING CAPABLE CLIMATE
FRIDAY OPENING KEYNOTE: DR. MICHAEL E. MANN
Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State, with joint appointments in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute. He is also director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center.
FRIDAY SOLUTIONS KEYNOTE: CHAD FRISCHMANN
Vice President and Research Director for Project Drawdown. Chad is the lead researcher and principal architect of the methodology and models behind Project Drawdown.
SATURDAY OPENING KEYNOTE: Noah Valenstein
Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection
SATURDAY SOLUTIONS KEYNOTE: Terry Tamminen
CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, co-founder the R20 Regions of Climate Action, and former Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency and former Cabinet Secretary, and Chief Policy Adviser to the Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Event Sponsors Include
3 BREAKOUT SESSIONS
1 SOLUTIONS CAROUSEL
We invited 7 organizations/ local businesses to present their products/ services to our attendees with the idea to motivate our guests to start taking steps to protect our environment! There are many solutions we can take as individuals, as well as a community. We just need the will to start!
Reducing Food Waste & Landfill Methane: Food Rescue (download the app on your phone and become a food rescuer today!)
Learn To Eat A Plant-Rich Diet: Not Your Mommas Vegetables
Go Solar through A Solar Co-Op: Solar United Neighbors of Florida
Sustainable Eco-Packaging for Wholesale: Lean Orb (get your local restaurant to move away from plastic and Styrofoam containers)
Reduce plastic pollution to maintain our beaches: Fill-A-Bag
I See Change Tracker (download the app on your phone and start reporting the impacts)
“We are back in school and the students had wonderful stories to tell their classmates. The conference really energized the students into taking action. During our club meeting, we called state legislators about a clean energy bill that passed in the Colorado Senate yesterday. They will also be showing your PSA at our all school meeting next Friday. I am so pleased that we attended and had such a productive time.”
“I liked the pace, slow enough to absorb content but fast enough to keep moving. The Q&A was handled well. Having massively famous keynote speakers including the video conference was fantastic. I appreciated the delicious and healthy food and time to enjoy it. Xavier Cortada’s closing moved me to tears. That was an excellent way to end the program.”
“Dr. Michael Mann, whose famous 1999 hockey stick graph sparked the first broad-scale discussions about human-caused climate change and led climate deniers to launch virulent attacks against him for years, keynoted the CLEO Institute’s Empowering Capable Climate Communicators Symposium in Miami last week. As he laid out a history of climate science that stretches back two centuries, he also emphasized the need to equip people to take action. We can’t just warn people about the problem and leave them to despair. We need to give them tools to do something about it. Think big. Yes, you should eat leftovers and change your light bulbs to LEDs. But as Susan Windmiller of the League of Women Voters Miami-Dade noted at the symposium, climate change is a big problem that needs big solutions. And that means policy change, which requires collective action. So encourage people to join something. Write their legislators. And for goodness sake, vote. [Read the full blog post here].”
THE CLEO INSTITUTE TEAM
Caroline Lewis, Yoca Arditi-Rocha, Natalia Ortiz, Julieta Rodrigo, Mia Kirn, Olivia Collins, and Claudia Sebastiani
On behalf of the whole CLEO team, we would like to give a special thank you to all the people who volunteered for our event. We couldn’t have done it without you!