The CLEO Institute, focused on climate change science education and advocacy, will implement 'Empowering Resilient Women', a pilot program based in South Florida to help women & girls of under-served communities connect the dots between climate change, public health risks, & emergency preparedness. Miami/South Florida ranks among the top US cities for income inequality. As the heads of their households, these women are in urgent need of this education, to become more resilient.
Miami ranks 1st among the 10 largest US metropolitan areas for income inequality (Bloomberg, 2016). Florida is the most vulnerable state to climate change in the US. Our most vulnerable communities lack funds & time to adequately prepare for heat waves, health risks, food & fresh water vulnerability, or hurricanes. There is an urgent need to more effectively disseminate information & provide resources for residents to prepare. Women & girls are at the front lines of this crisis.
The CLEO Institute will implement a pilot program to help 750+ women & girls of under-served communities to connect the dots between climate change, health risks, and emergency preparedness. Through a series of workshops, participants will receive information and tools on how to best care for their families as climate change exacerbates other existing stresses. It will help them better prepare for emergency situations such as storms, heat waves, flooding, etc.
Education is power. Women are at the heart of their family & community. They are, in most cases, the head of their household, the strength in their children, and the decision makers in their finances. There have been studies that have shown a direct link between an increase in domestic violence & extreme weather events. This program will empower these women to better prepare themselves for these situations, helping them reduce the mental, physical, financial impacts of these extreme events.