Listening Session: July 26, 2018
- The listening session was held at the JFK Library in Hialeah. This listening session was led by CLEO as well as two community organizers and partners, Salome Garcia and David Riera. The idea was to start a conversation around 4 climate change topics: heat and health, climate, flooding and emergency preparedness. This event highlighted that Hialeans are very interested in learning more about climate issues, and definitely see a need for improvement on topics that are directly linked to climate change impacts. There is a drive to be more involved in their community and to help improve education and resilience within the community. All those present expressed interested in knowing more and participating in the next climate workshop, as well as partnering with CLEO to expand efforts in Hialeah
Climate Workshop: August 9, 2018
- On august 9th, CLEO held a community workshop to discuss the impacts of climate change and help participants understand the urgency of taking action. Joining our conversation was Ariel Rodriguez, meteorologist from Telemundo 51 and Henry Briceno, professor at FIU's Center for Aquatic Chemistry and Environment and Southeast Environmental Research Center. Between the three presenters, many topics were discussed: such as the difference between climate and weather; climate change impacts on health, economy and Florida's environment; salt water intrusion; heat and health and so on.
- On August 25th, CLEO held a community forum to follow up from the community workshop. Invited guests were Aimee Bojorquez from Miami Dade County's Office of Emergency Management; James Murley from Miami Dade County's Office of Resilience; and David Riera, a local teacher, activist, student and environmental steward. The main topics discussed were emergency preparedness and what that looks like for different communities; how the Office of Resilience is helping the county to be more prepared for the expected changes from climate change; and what the community's role is in all this.
- One of the main takeaways from the audience was that preparation meant much more than having supplies and a plan. It also means getting to know your neighbors; becoming a more active community member; and creating those relationships in the community to ensure resilience at all levels. We has a full house for this event and once again, the public library proved to be a great venue to welcome our guests, and share with them our knowledge and answer questions.