Community Leaders Unite at Anti-Poverty Summit How can South Florida better improve its communities and address the environmental and economic issues affecting the region? And how can city and county leaders encourage local residents to get involved? These were the questions discussed by more than 150 activists, international speakers, local politicians and volunteers this summer at Catalyst Miami’s third Anti-Poverty Summit, which was sponsored by Miami Dade College’s Earth Ethics Institute and Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy, The Nature Conservancy and the Health Foundation of South Florida. The summit, titled “Building Resilience in a Changing Climate,” centered on measures to improve the overall health of the South Florida community, with a focus on three specific issues: sea level rise, affordable housing and transportation. “We need to work with elected leadership, but more than that we need to work with young leaders in these problem fields to increase civic engagement,” said Jim Murley, Miami-Dade County’s chief resilience officer. Housing costs eat up 36 percent of the median Miami income, according to a 2017 analysis by Forbes. The city is also infamous for its heavy traffic congestion, caused in part by the region’s lack of public transportation options.
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