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Florida Students Said They Weren’t Learning About Climate Change. Now They’re Teaching Each Other

CLIP group at MAST@FIU High School in Miami, Florida, pose for a group photo with CLEO Program Manager Natalie Rivas (middle), after their Climate Speakers Network training, where they learned how to give a presentation about the climate crisis to their peers. (Photo by Enith Hernandez, courtesy CLEO)

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 less 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 […]

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