The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
Our Lifeguard House Statue is located outside of The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science (1101 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132).
You can visit the statue as it melts now through September 30th to see what message it reveals or follow @CLEOInstitute to see it!
Please wear a mask and practice social distancing while you are there.
If you take a photo or a video with it, please tag @cleoinstitute.org and use #FLClimateCrisis.
Climate Impacts on Miami
Scientific American published an article this year titled Miami Is the “Most Vulnerable” Coastal City Worldwide . With a population of over 2.7 million people, there are hundreds of billions of dollars in assets under assault from winds, storm surges, coastal flooding, and sea-level rise. From our health to our economy, everything is at risk. The American Lung Associations’ State of the Air Report gave Miami-Dade County a failing grade when it comes to ground-level ozone gas pollution.
As you can imagine, not everyone will feel the impacts of the climate crisis in the same way in Miami-Dade County. According to the ALICE report (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), 37% of Miami-Dade County households earn more than the Federal Poverty Level, but less than the basic cost of living for the county. 17% live at or below the Federal Poverty Level. This means that 54% of the people living here do not have the opportunity to protect their homes from hurricanes or flooding. They are not able to evacuate and are more vulnerable to extreme heat. Miami actually experienced the hottest week on record in June. Mayor Frances Suarez, of the City of Miami, actually declared a Climate Emergency this year. However, more needs to be done to protect Miami, Florida, and our planet, because we’re all connected. Miami is not alone in the climate crisis, from the wildfires in California to the ice melts in Greenland and severe flooding in the midwest, we are all facing more climate crisis-related impacts because our global warming pollution is more than our planet can handle.
We Need Your Help
We are all in this together, which is why we need your help. Florida is the most vulnerable state to climate change impacts in the U.S. Whether you live here, vacation here, or simply cherish our unique biodiversity that lives here, we would love for you to do the following pledge:
I ACKNOWLEDGE that, because of human activity and our global warming pollution, the Earth’s climate is changing.
I BELIEVE that the climate crisis is a threat multiplier to our economy, health, security, and overall well-being.
I STAND UNITED with concerned Floridians to protect our air, our water, our climate, and our communities by supporting climate mitigation and adaptation strategies throughout our great state.
TO ACHIEVE THESE STRATEGIES, I PLEDGE TO SUPPORT:
Climate resilience efforts including updated planning and zoning, increased sustainable transportation, improved access to housing, emergency preparedness, and sea-level rise adaptation.
Community involvement in decision making to ensure a just transition to a clean and sustainable future.
100% clean, renewable energy initiatives.
We also want our elected officials to know that bolder climate action is needed, which is why we ask you to sign the Florida Climate Pledge below and let them know that more needs to be done to protect the future of our state and our planet. Even though our individual actions are important, we really need the support from elected officials to pass impactful climate policies.