Building on the momentum from COP 21, The Climate Reality Project will be conducting an intensive three-day training, led by its Chairman Al Gore, running August 16–18 in Texas. The training will bring together pioneers, change agents, and proven leaders from across business, government, and civil society sectors to enable participants to develop the skills, relationships, and connections to help implement the agreement reached in Paris.
The Texas training will be the 33rd Climate Reality Leadership Corps training, and will welcome hundreds more leaders to the network. It will address the impacts that climate change is already having on the state, from droughts to floods, as well as the intersection between climate change risk and Texas’ more vulnerable populations. Sessions will also address renewable energy in Texas, including the growth of wind energy, and the enormous potential for solar.
In December 2015, leaders from over 190 governments met in Paris for the UN’s COP 21 climate talks to create a historic agreement to limit the greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change and keep average planet-wide temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius while pursuing efforts to keep warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The conference marked a global turning point on climate change, not only for the extraordinary agreement that world leaders reached in Paris, but also for the unprecedented number of citizens speaking up all around the world, demanding bold action to address the climate crisis and making this landmark agreement possible.
Working alongside partners throughout the climate community, Climate Reality’s trained activists and supporters were instrumental in engaging and mobilizing millions worldwide to speak up for a strong agreement at COP 21 long before negotiators arrived in Paris. And at the heart of this effort were members of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, a global network of activists and influencers founded by Climate Reality Chairman and former US Vice President Al Gore. With the 2006 release of his Academy Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, Vice President Gore created a new approach to climate outreach, speaking directly to audiences – as one concerned citizen to another – about the reality of climate disruption and how we can solve it. The result was a message that inspired people everywhere to take action and launched a new global climate movement.
Today, the Climate Reality Leadership Corps builds on this legacy by taking great leaders and making them exceptional through a training program that provides world-class instruction in climate science, communications, and organizing.
• Gain an understanding of the climate policy landscape and its implications for Texas and other vulnerable regions following COP 21 in Paris;
• Learn skills and strategies for delivering cutting-edge climate science, public speaking, organizing, and media engagement in the twenty first century;
• Hear from local, regional, and international experts on strategies for implementing solutions; and
• Meet in facilitated small-group sessions to connect with the organization and our global network, subject experts, and each other.