Ahead of the Tide: A Webinar Series

Did you enjoy our video series? Now you can view the entire webinar series too!

Ahead of the Tide’s webinar series is a platform for the general public to interact with climate and policy experts to discuss the issues people are facing every day in their communities as a result of rising seas. The series was moderated by the CLEO Institute’s esteemed founder and executive director Caroline Lewis, a White House Climate Resilience Champion of Change. Our 25 panelists embody a broad range of experience and knowledge in fields ranging from economic development, climatology, policy implementation, education, climate justice, and environmental conservation.

Why Florida Is Ground Zero For Sea Level Rise

(Live Forum)

We kick off our web series by convening with experts and concerned citizens at the University of Miami. Tune in to learn the focus of the Ahead of the Tide initiative! Following opening remarks, an eclectic panel discusses why and how Florida must flight the threat of sea level rise!

Speakers: Harold R. Wanless, Ph.D.  Professor & Chair, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Miami; David Smith Ahead of the Tide Producer/Director & Executive Director, CAVU; Caroline Lewis Founder & Executive Director, CLEO Institute; Gary Appelson Policy Coordinator, Sea Turtle Conservancy; Thomas Ruppert Coastal Planning Specialist, Florida Sea Grant & University of Florida Extension; Daniella Levine Cava Miami-Dade County Commissioner, District 8; Thomas Hudson Vice President of News & Special Correspondent for WLRN

Rising Waters: Threats to People, Beaches and Wildlife, Part 1

Our first webinar features a discussion on the impacts of sea level rise from the perspective of a geologist, an oceanographer and an economist. Join us to learn the myriad of ways in which sea level rise affects Floridians!

Speakers: Harold R. Wanless, Ph.D. Professor & Chair, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Miami; Dr. Jeff Chanton, Ph.D. Professor, The John Widmer Winchester Professor of Oceanography, Florida State University; David Letson, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Marine Ecosystems and Society, University of Miami 

The Political Climate: Public Policy and Sea Level Rise, Part 2

This installment features three Florida mayors; it occurred directly after Hurricane Matthew inundated the east coast and corresponds with chapter 2 of our video series. In this installment we discuss successful, local-level policies that address and mitigate the effects of sea level rise.

Speakers: Philip K. Stoddard, Ph.D Mayor, South Miami, FL; Daniel Dietch Mayor, Surfside, FL; Henry Briceño, Ph.D Affiliate Research Scholar, the Florida International University; Cindy Lerner Mayor, Pinecrest, FL

Managing Florida’s Beaches for the Future, Part 3

This installment in our web series combines topics from video chapters 4, 5 and 6. Hear from some of Florida’s climate leaders on how to prepare our coasts for rising tides while simultaneously combating the issues in our daily lives.

Speakers: Manley Fuller President, Florida Wildlife Federation; Jim Murley Chief Resilience Officer, Miami-Dade County; Jennifer Jurado, Ph.D. Director, Natural Resources Planning & Management Division, Broward County, FL

Sea Turtles: An Indicator Species, Part 4

Join us in this web episode as we discuss climate change and sea level rise impacts to sea turtles and ways we should protect our coastlines without negatively impacting wildlife. HINT: Sea walls are bad news!

Speakers:

David Godfrey Executive Director, Sea Turtle Conservancy; Archie “Chuck” Carr III, Ph.D. Senior Conservationist, Wildlife Conservation Society Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Sea to Shore Alliance; Mariana Fuentes, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, Florida State University  

Local Solutions and Engagement, Part 5

Part 5 in our webinar series corresponds to video chapters 8 and 9. In this episode we discuss local measures we can take to keep Florida ahead of the tide!

“Sea level rise is not just an infrastructure issue; it’s a human issue.” -Valencia Gunder

Speakers: Delaney Reynolds Founder, Sink or Swim & High School Senior; Valencia Gunder Founder, Make the Homeless Smile; James Cason Mayor, Coral Gables, FL

Staying Ahead of the Tide, Part 6

The final installment in our webinar series builds on Chapter 10 of our Ahead of the Tide video series to discuss the future of renewables and how we can make the economic and environmental benefits shine through!

Speakers: Harvey Ruvin Chairman, Miami-Dade Sea Level Rise Task Force & Miami-Dade County Clerk of the Courts; Tiffany G. Troxler, Ph.D. Director, Sea Level Solutions Center, Florida International University; Scott Healey, Senior Investment Executive, Clean Energy & Infrastructure Investments; Ann Hancock, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Center for Climate Protection

Action Items:

Live Forum 9/20/16
  • Attend the People’s Climate March on October 23, 2016 at 1:00 PM at Government Center in Miami. Don’t forget to make your signs!
  • Candidate Questionnaire: We are working on developing 10 questions to ask each candidates during the election season regarding their policies, key stances, and thoughts toward climate action.
Rising Waters 9/29/16
  • Prioritizing the adoption of a Carbon Tax or Fee to account for the true cost of carbon pollution.
  • Vote NO on Amendment #1 in November. This amendment is misleading and would limit solar energy in Florida. Florida Supreme Court Justice, Barbara Pariente explains, “Let the pro-solar energy consumers beware. Masquerading as a pro-solar energy initiative, this proposed constitutional amendment …actually seeks to constitutionalize the status quo.”

Public Policy and Sea Level Rise 10/10/16

  • “If we don’t lead by example, no one will listen:” The need to fund innovation and pursue an enterprise think tank focused on climate resilience for the greater Miami area.
  • The need to collectively support a carbon tax.
Managing Florida’s Beaches for the Future 10/13/16
  • The need for intergovernmental cooperation and resiliency investments.
  • Engaging the public in an honest, transparent conversation to develop innovative adaptation plans for vulnerable areas.
Sea Turtles: An Indicator Species 10/20/16
  • Support legislation to:
    • 1. End the construction of sea walls (it’s a losing battle with the sea!)
    • 2. End subsidies to keep rebuilding in harms way

Changing the Tides: Local Solutions and Engagement 10/27/16

  • Donate to orgs that fight SLR and CC through advocacy, outreach and education
  • As we must do with our politicians, demand that our teachers and religious leaders incorporate threats of sea level rise and climate change into their curriculums/sermons
  • Keep equity to the forefront when addressing effects to population: “SLR is not just an infrastructure issue, it’s a human issue” -Valencia Gunder
  • Vote No on 1 and for leader who will #ActOnClimate
  • Switch to renewables in our personal and daily lives: “We didn’t leave the Stone Age because we ran out of stones, so let’s leave the fossil fuels in the ground.”–Caroline Lewis
Looking to the Future: Staying Ahead of the Tide 11/3/16
  • “The cost of inaction is the greatest cost.”–Harvey Ruvin
  • “It’s always seems impossible until it is done.”  –Ann Hancock quoting Nelson Mandela
  •  Create a Federal Resiliency Partnership Fund to help finance proactive local efforts to address sea level rise
  • Invest in battery storage for renewables
  • Use California’s Community Choice Energy program as a model for Florida