When Nicole Gazo took environmental science as a sophomore at Miami Palmetto Senior High, that was the first time she had been taught about climate change. “I started realizing that the material we were learning was actually life or death — like critical,” she says.
After discovering that the climate crisis by and large, and its human causes specifically — much fewer climate solutions — are not required teaching in Florida public schools, she set out to change that. “I went to my teacher and said, ‘Listen, I’m so scared. How are you teaching us about the climate crisis and not giving us things that we can do to help?’ All she said was to call CLEO,” she recalls. And that’s exactly what she did.
Gazo’s teacher was referring to The CLEO Institute, a Florida non-profit dedicated to cultivating an informed public that supports climate action. In 2019, Gazo partnered with CLEO to form its Climate Leadership Information Program (CLIP) — an after-school program that trains students as climate speakers. Students then give presentations on climate to their classmates and families and participate in public service and social media campaigns that highlight specific climate issues they care about.
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