Locals take future in their own hands at Climate Action event during Miami Climate Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 24, 2019

Contact: Charlotte Donn, charlotte.donn@vizcaya.org, 305-860-8451

Locals take future in their own hands at Climate Action event during
Miami Climate Month

June 26 event takes place at historic Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

MIAMI – June 14, 2019 – Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is hosting Climate Action: Inform and Empower on Wednesday, June 26 at 6:00 p.m. Climate Action a community discussion with hands-on activities designed to inform and empower locals around climate action.

The night begins with a keynote by Dr. Andrea Dutton from the University of Florida, followed by a panel discussion on the state of our climate, the urgency for climate action, and potential solutions. Moderated by Dawn Shirreffs of The Miami Foundation, the panel will feature Caroline Lewis (The CLEO Institute), Susan Glickman (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy) and Dr. Andrea Dutton (University of Florida). All guests are welcome to submit questions for the panel during registration as well as talk with experts one-on-one after the panel.

Before the panel, guests will enjoy a screening of a segment of South Florida PBS’ Your South Florida, inspired by the groundbreaking Sinking Cities series,that features Vizcaya’s commitment to addressing issues surrounding climate change. Preservation has long been at the center of Vizcaya’s mission, and in the context of the effects of climate changes facing this community, environmental sustainability has become a logical priority. Vizcaya has elevated environmental sustainability to the position of an organizational core value and it is a key part of its community-facing vision for the future.

The Miami chapter of the United Nations Association, The CLEO Institute and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens have come together for this very special evening. Additional partners include: Results.org, Hungry Harvest, Baptist Hospital’s Grow2Heal project, Junior Achievement, Miami Waterkeeper, Solar United Neighbors, New Florida Majority, Underline, Florida Plastic Free Coalition, Citizens Climate Lobby, The CLEO Institute, Biscayne National Park, NOAA, Third Wave Volunteers, United Nations Association – Miami Chapter, League of Women Voters, The Miami Foundation, Miami-Dade County’s Office of Resilience, and South Florida PBS.

Climate Action: Inform and Empower will be held on Wednesday, June 26 at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are free but online pre-registration is required. Snacks will be provided by Hungry Harvest and beer is courtesy of Saltwater Brewery. Guests should either bring their own reusable cup or may purchase a new stainless steel reusable cup for $7 in advance when registering. Vizcaya’s gardens will be open for guests to enjoy throughout the event.

To register online visit vizcayatickets.org. To learn more about Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, visit vizcaya.org.

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About Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a National Historic Landmark that preserves its cultural and environmental resources to engage people in connecting with the past, understanding the present and shaping the future. Built between 1914 and 1922 as the winter home of farming manufacturer James Deering, Vizcaya is one of the most intact remaining examples from this era in United States history, when the nation’s most successful entrepreneurs built estates inspired by the stately homes of Europe. Vizcaya features a Main House filled with a decorative art collection, 10 acres of formal gardens, a rockland hammock (native forest), mangrove shore, and a historic village that is being restored to tell Vizcaya’s full story and provide additional spaces for programs and community outreach, including those on agriculture. Vizcaya has been a community hub since it opened to the public in 1953; it currently welcomes about 320,000 visitors annually.

Located on Biscayne Bay at 3251 South Miami Avenue, Vizcaya is open Wednesday through Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Tuesdays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. For more information, visit www.vizcaya.org, connect via social media, or call 305-250-9133.

Natalia Ortiz