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PEER VOICES: A conversation with Caroline Lewis of The CLEO Institute!

PEER VOICES: A Conversation with Caroline Lewis – 21 July 2014

A CONVERSATION WITH CAROLINE LEWIS, FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE CLEO INSTITUTE A NON-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION BASED IN FLORIDA¹

Greetings, I am Ricardo Alvarez and I welcome you to MITIGAT.com ².

Today is Monday the 21st day of July 2014 and we have the pleasure of launching ‘PEER VOICES’, a new segment of MITIGAT.com where we plan to interview leaders, subject-matter experts and concerned members of humanity who have made or are trying to make a difference for the benefit of our communities, and the world, by addressing issues of critical importance.

Today on this warm and sunny, but soon to be muggy and stormy day in South Florida, we are graced by the presence of our good friend Caroline Lewis, an education strategist who builds capacity, promotes innovation and inspires leadership in individuals and institutions. Caroline, our first-ever guest in PEER VOICES is the founder and executive director of The CLEO Institute.

Caroline Lewis
Caroline Lewis

MITIGAT.com:       Good morning, Caroline! Welcome to MITIGAT.com!
I always enjoy meeting and having a conversation with you, because I usually learn a lot from you, and I always end up feeling motivated and ready to tackle the big challenges in front of us.
This conversation will be different; you are the first person I interview for the PEER VOICES section of Mitigat.com. So, in a sense you are a guinea pig participating in an experiment.

Are you ready?

Caroline:      VERY ready. Thanks for this opportunity, Ricardo, and for YOUR good work


For more, go to PEER VOICES ..on the MENU above..

Florida’s Coastal Vulnerability

A U.S. Senator designated the place as ground zero, in terms of its growing vulnerability to the combined hazards of storm surge and sea level rise. Scientists and experts continue to offer research findings and data confirming the high risk this region faces.

I am speaking of Southeast Florida or what many people from others states or countries simply call Miami.

I believe the photo below, taken from the International Space Station, clearly illustrates the insular nature of the area. A rather large urban environment at the water’s edge, surrounded and crisscrossed by water.

Nocturnal view of Southeast Florida from the International Space Station. The picture is looking northward. The bright island of light just left and above the center is  the Miami urban region. Beyond it the lighta od urban centers in Central Florida and on the Gulf Coast are also visible. Toward the lower left corner we see the lights of uerban centers in Cuba.
Nocturnal view of Southeast Florida from the International Space Station. The picture is looking northward. The bright island of light just left and above the center is the Miami urban region. Beyond it the lights of urban centers in Central Florida and on the Gulf Coast are also visible. Toward the lower left corner we see the lights of urban centers in Cuba. The greenish colored waters surround the Bahamas.

This is our beautiful paradise, warm, friendly, multicultural, international, a magnet for many worldwide, and oh so vulnerable to hurricanes, coastal flooding, storm surge, wave impacts and the continuously persistent, inexorable and exacerbating factor of sea level rise.

 How long can we go on enjoying this paradise by just talking  about sustainability, adaptation and resilience, but without taking action to protect it?

Think regional protection!