- Learn from our Founder and Chairman former US Vice President Al Gore, how to communicate the urgency of the climate crisis to people everywhere
- Learn how to combine science and solutions to engage audiences
- Learn to inspire others to take action
- Hear from subject experts in such fields as strategic communications, climate science, and grassroots organizing
- Network with global leaders and influencers
- Information about the training venue and accommodations will be emailed to participants after they have been accepted to the training
There is no cost to attend the training. However, participants must pay for their own travel and accommodations.
Former Vice President Al Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management. He is a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and a member of Apple, Inc.'s board of directors. Gore spends the majority of his time as chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a non-profit organization he founded that is focused on solutions for the global climate crisis.
Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, 1978, 1980 and 1982 and to the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990. He was inaugurated as the 45th Vice President of the United States on January 20, 1993, and served eight years.
He is the author of the bestsellers Earth in the Balance, An Inconvenient Truth, The Assault on Reason, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, and most recently, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. He is the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary and was selected as the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate for "informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change."
Former Vice President Gore was born on March 31, 1948, and resides in Nashville, Tennessee.
Ken Berlin is the President and CEO of The Climate Reality Project. Ken has devoted his career to leadership on environment, energy and climate change issues. A trusted advisor to businesses, non-profits and federal and state governments, Ken has been recognized as one of the top climate change attorneys in the world and has extensive expertise on international environmental issues ranging from clean energy to biodiversity. Most recently, Ken chaired the Skadden Arps Environmental and Climate Change practices and served as the Executive Vice-President and General Counsel for the Coalition for Green Capital. He was also a leader in establishing the Climate Speakers Network. In 2012, Ken served as Chair of the Obama Energy and Environment Team.
Ngiste Abebe is an international development professional focusing on political transitions in countries emerging from conflict. She was formerly a national security fellow with the Truman National Security Project, working to promote a progressive national security agenda. Abebe is a co-author of Bidding for Development, which examines how cities can benefit from the Olympic bid process. As a graduate of the University of Chicago, Abebe continues to live the life of the mind as the communications chair for the board of the University of Chicago Alumni Club in Washington, DC. After all theory and no practice in college, Abebe sought out the eminently practical and applied to Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College for a master’s in public policy and management.
Maddie grew up knowing the climate crisis was a major issue (her parents showed her An Inconvenient Truth when she was seven years old), so she never understood why there wasn't more government action to stop the climate crisis and struggled with what to do to tackle such a big issue. When Maddie was 17, she discovered the world of public policy and knew she had found her passion, even working with her mayor and city council on a climate change resolution. Since then, she has been speaking at schools and universities to educate young people about climate change and their power as citizens. Maddie now works at iMatter, an international youth-led climate organization focusing on helping young people discover who they are, take location action, and get their stories into the world.
Olena Alec is the director of Climate Reality Leader Engagement. She is originally from Maui and has a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the Universityof Southern California, and a master’s degree in environmental science and policy from Columbia University. Olena also served in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua, working with her community on issues of environmental protection and teaching sustainability. She has worked for various nonprofit organizations within the environmental education world; prior to joining The Climate Reality Project she was working in New York City connecting teachers and administrators to resources and partners to further their sustainability goals. Olena loves working with Climate Reality Leaders to build and support a network of motivated leaders to further the conversation on the climate crisis and inspire action.
Bryn Carey founded Ski Butlers out of a single car garage in 2004 in Park City, Utah and has since led a successful expansion delivering ski and board rentals to more than 37 North American ski resorts. Born into a skiing family, skiing is both a passion and lifestyle for Carey. After noticing the impacts of climate change to the ski industry, he immediately became involved in finding solutions to stop climate change. Carey has attended two Climate Reality Leadership Corps trainings, was influential in a letter to the United Nations on behalf of the ski industry, helped organize a panel to speak at the World Climate Summit in Paris during COP 21, and recently created a grassroots movement to get Park City, Utah to commit to 100-percent clean energy by 2032. Today, Carey is pushing other towns, cities, and regions to commit to 100-percent clean energy goals prior to 2040. He lives in Park City, Utah.
Luke Cartin is the environmental sustainability manager for Park City, Utah. He oversees Park City’s goals of achieving net-zero carbon and 100-percent renewable electricity for city operations by 2022, and then community-wide by 2032. These goals are the most ambitious in North America for any municipality, and one of the most aspiring worldwide. There are many programs underway, including the electrification of the city’s fleet and buses, the bringing on of large-scale renewables, the quantifying of open space areas as carbon sinks, and many more. Before coming to the city, he worked in ski resort sustainability for 15 years. His work has been featured in the New York Times, BBC, Outside Magazine, Newsweek, and other international outlets. He lives with his wife, two kids, and mutt in Park City, Utah.
Rani Derasary is one of Moab, Utah's five city council members. She's entering year two of her first term on the council and is excited for the opportunity to work with the mayor, fellow council members, and residents on initiatives such as committing the community to 100-percent renewable electricity. Derasary developed her commitment to social, economic, and environmental justice issues in Oakland, California, where she was born and raised. She has worked or volunteered for a wide variety of nonprofit organizations including: International Rivers Network, Friends of the River, Sierra Club, Canyonlands Community Recycling, and WabiSabi. She's currently a board member for the Moab Area Community Land Trust and does administrative work for Moab artist Serena Supplee.
David Ellenberger is the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Rocky Mountain regional outreach campaigns manager based in Denver, CO. David has more than 21 years of organizing and campaign experience, most recently as the outreach coordinator for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s North America Program out of Bozeman, Montana. In his capacity with NWF, David manages national and regional advocacy campaigns around NWF’s initiatives to combat climate change, safeguard wildlife, and get people outdoors. Previous to his work at NWF, David served as the communications director for Montana Conservation Voters, as the roadless forest organizer for the Montana Roadless Working Group, and worked on numerous regional conservation campaigns with the Sierra Club including the Lewis and Clark Wild America Campaign, Grizzly Bear Ecosystems Project, and the New Hampshire Presidential Primaries.
Nana came to her work on climate change through multiple projects in post-tsunami recovery, urban design, regional planning, and sustainability. From 2005-2008, Nana served as the program coordinator for Aceh, developing and implementing green reconstruction for post-tsunami recovery. Her work aimed to improve the quality of life for communities and affected individuals whilst minimizing the negative impacts of reconstruction on the environment and maintaining the long-term biological diversity and productivity of natural systems. Nana spent five years working at WWF-Indonesia, where she developed a Sustainable Cities Initiative for WWF's Climate and Energy Program, focusing on energy efficiency and sustainable building materials to reduce carbon emissions.
Don Henry Board Member, The Climate Reality Project Don Henry has campaigned for the protection of Moreton Island, the Great Barrier Reef islands, the rainforests of north Queensland, and Cape York. He had the honor of being the director of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland and the editor of Wildlife Australia before becoming the Australian director of the World Wide Fund for Nature. He moved to Washington, DC with the WWF, working as the director of the South Pacific Program (1992–95), the Asia-Pacific Program (1995–96), and the Global Forest Program (1996–98). As the CEO of The Australian Conservation Fund from 1998–2014, Henry worked to tackle some of the greatest environmental challenges facing Australia. The organization has played important roles in stopping destructive land clearing in Queensland, establishing the Business Roundtable on Climate Change, and securing national heritage recognition for the Kimberley, along with many other campaigns.
Emery Kiefer is a graduating senior in natural resources, policy, and administration at North Carolina State University. She is the president and founder of the North Carolina State Climate Reality Campus Corps chapter and has been one of the pioneers of the Campus Corps program. Starting with Climate Reality’s Know Tomorrow campaign in the Fall of 2015, she successfully delivered over 5,000 student signatures to President Obama prior to COP 21, demanding a strong agreement for future generations. This past summer in Washington, DC, she aided in the development of the Campus Corps program and the 100% Committed campaign. She has successfully grown her own chapter at North Carolina State to one of the largest environmental student organizations on campus, with over 100 active students in five different activism teams. In one semester, she led her chapter in changing energy standards on campus – going from no mention of renewable energy to setting a path for 100-percent renewable energy by the year 2030.
Kevin R. Klein is the director of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in the Department of Public Safety, and Governor Hickenlooper's designated homeland security advisor. Klein has been involved in public safety for over 30 years. He rose through the ranks of a Colorado fire protection district to eventually hold the position of fire chief. Klein left his position as fire chief to pursue a graduate degree at Harvard University. After receiving his graduate degree, Klein began a career in consulting for international, state, and local public safety agencies. In 1998, he became the executive director of the Colorado State Fire Chiefs’ Association. In 2006, he was appointed to the Colorado Department of Public Safety as the director of the Division of Fire Safety. In 2011 he was appointed director of the Colorado Division of Homeland Security, where he became a Colorado peace officer. Klein has a strong background in working with and coordinating efforts among different levels of government and is well versed in the homeland security and emergency management issues facing the nation.
Jules Kortenhorst is a recognized leader on global energy issues and climate change. His background spans business, government, entrepreneurial, and nonprofit leadership. Prior to RMI, Jules was the founding CEO of the European Climate Foundation (ECF), the largest philanthropic organization dedicated to policy development and advocacy on climate change in Europe. Before launching ECF, he served as a member of the Dutch parliament for the Christian Democratic Party. During the first 20 years of his career, Jules worked in the business world. He was the CEO for International Operations of ClientLogic Corporation, a global leader in outsourced customer relationship management (CRM) solutions. He worked for almost 10 years for Royal Dutch / Shell, among others as managing director of Shell Bulgaria, and he began his career as an analyst at McKinsey & Co. He received his Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and his Masters in Economics from Erasmus University in the Netherlands.
Xiuhtezcatl and his sister Isa are eco hip-hop artists and activists who write and produce music to educate their generation about the global environmental and climate crisis and to inspire people of all ages to connect with their passions and move into positive, creative action. They have spoken and performed in the United Nations and at schools, colleges, conferences, and music festivals worldwide. HBO recently produced a music video of their original song, "Be the Change." Their album "Generation RYSE" will wake you up, get you on your feet, and inspire you to take action to create a better world for future generations.
Mario joined The Climate Reality Project in April of 2013. With his international project management experience and a strong background in metrics, analytics, and data visualization, Mario is driving the program towards an engagement strategy across multiple sectors and demographics. Prior to joining The Climate Reality Project, Mario was responsible for creating a climate education program that reached more than 1.5 million students across the United States, and several sustainability and conservation programs in Australia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Peru.
Hilda Nucete grew up in Caracas, Venezuela. In 2007 she moved to Colorado due to the difficult political situation in Venezuela. Shortly after arriving in America, Hilda became greatly interested in social justice issues. She was the logistics and registration coordinator for the “Ya es hora ciudadania” citizenship workshop, where she helped over 1,000 legal permanent residents complete their citizenship document with no cost. Hilda was also part of the first class of Latinas Increasing Political Strength (LIPS), which empowered young Latina women to become leaders in their communities. In January of 2014, she went to study international business and French at the Université Blaise Pascal in Vichy, France. Currently, she is the Protégete Program Director for “Protégete: Our Air, Our Health,” a program of Conservation Colorado. She graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in international studies, with emphasis in Latin America and Europe, and a minor in French language and culture.
Dr. Henry Pollack is a professor of geophysics (emeritus) at the University of Michigan, where he served as chairman of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and associate dean for research in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. He has taught at every level of the curriculum, from introductory courses for non-scientists to advanced graduate seminars. His recent research focuses on the record of climate change as recorded by the temperatures in the rocks beneath the Earth’s surface. Dr. Pollack has served on many advisory panels for the National Science Foundation, testified before the National Academy of Science and US Senate committees, and provided briefings about climate change to congress and the White House. He is published widely in scientific journals, is a science advisor to The Climate Reality Project, and was a contributing author to the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report.
Governor Bill Ritter was elected Colorado's 41st governor in 2006. During his four-year term, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in clean energy by building a new energy economy. After leaving the governor’s office, Ritter founded the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University, which works with state and federal policy makers to create clean energy policy throughout the country. Governor Ritter has authored a book that was recently published, titled Powering Forward – What Everyone Should Know About America’s Energy Revolution.
Monica Mayotte is Climate Reality regional lead for the South Florida regional group, and is a Climate Reality mentor. After seeing An Inconvenient Truth for the first time with her family, Monica got involved as a founding member of her city's Green Living Advisory Board. She currently works as an environmental specialist at one of the largest privately held companies in the state of Florida, assisting in the management of environmental data and publishing yearly reports. Through her leadership of the South Florida Regional Group, Monica has supported her fellow Climate Reality Leaders in taking powerful action to defend and advance solar power statewide. She can't wait to have another group of Climate Reality Leaders that can join in the fight and ensure our nation's commitment to the Paris Agreement and renewable energy technologies.
Jaime Nack is the president of Three Squares Inc., a cutting-edge sustainability consulting firm specializing in developing comprehensive sustainability plans for corporate, government, and nonprofit entities. Nack also founded One Drop Interactive – an employee engagement platform maximizing sustainability management and cost savings. Nack has a master’s in public policy from UCLA, where she also earned her bachelor’s in international economics with a minor in urban planning. She serves as a Climate Reality Leader and as a federal appointee to the National Women’s Business Council. Nack was named the “2013 Environmental Conservator of the Year” by the US SBA. She was also named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Jon Shenk has directed and photographed many award-winning films. Most recently, Jon co-directed and photographed An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, which was selected to be the opening night film of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and will be released by Paramount in summer, 2017. In 2016, Jon co-directed and photographed Audrie & Daisy, which premiered in competition at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and was picked up as a Netflix Original film. In 2011, Jon directed The Island President, winner of the 2011 TIFF’s People’s Choice Award and IDA’s Pare Lorentz Award. Jon was awarded the 2004 Independent Spirit Award for directing Lost Boys of Sudan. Shenk was the director of photography for the 2008 Academy Award-winning Smile Pinki, and was awarded an Emmy for Blame Somebody Else in 2007.
Harriet is the executive director and founder of Climate Mama and a mentor and past district manager for The Climate Reality Project. Speaker, writer, presenter, and activist, Harriet travels the country educating and informing audiences about the realities of the climate crisis and how people can feel empowered to take individual and collective action – in their homes, businesses, and communities. Harriet has worn many hats over the course of her life: ski instructor, orchard worker, and even one-time skydiver! She spent most of her professional life working as an economist and policy analyst, including 13 years spent as a representative for the International Monetary Fund at the United Nations. She chairs numerous regional and local environmental committees and works regularly with national, state, and local organizations to lobby for legislative change on environmental issues.
Talya Tavor manages the I AM PRO SNOW program at Climate Reality. A Chicago native, Talya grew up surrounded by coal plants and poor air quality. It was what inspired her to first start organizing at her alma mater, Michigan State University (MSU), when she found out that it was home to the largest on-campus coal plant in the country. After years of hard work, her campaign convinced the administration to completely transition off of coal by 2016. After graduating from MSU, Talya honed her organizing skills by joining Green Corps, where she successfully launched four different campaigns across the country. Before joining Climate Reality, she worked with Environment Maryland, where she ran the statewide nonprofit’s renewable energy campaign and helped pass legislation to bring more solar energy to Maryland.
Dr. Kevin E. Trenberth is a distinguished senior scientist in the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. From New Zealand, he obtained his Sc. D. in meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been prominent in most of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scientific assessments of climate change and has also served the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) in numerous ways, most recently as chair of the WCRP Global Energy and Water Exchanges (GEWEX) project. In 2000 he received the Jule G. Charney award from the AMS and in 2003 he was given the NCAR Distinguished Achievement Award. In 2013 he received the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water and the AGU Climate Communication Prize. He has published over 543 scientific articles or papers, including 62 books or book chapters, and over 257 refereed journal articles. He has given many scientific talks and has appeared in a number of television programs, radio programs, and newspaper articles. In his spare time he plays golf. He was previously employed as a research scientist in the New Zealand Meteorological Service and was a professor at the University of Illinois for nearly 7 years prior to joining NCAR.
As executive vice president of documentary films, Diane Weyermann is responsible for the documentary feature film slate of Participant Media, a company dedicated to entertainment that inspires and compels social change. Prior to joining Participant in 2005, Weyermann was the director of the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program. During her tenure at Sundance, she was responsible for the Sundance Documentary Fund, a program supporting documentary films dealing with contemporary human rights, social justice, civil liberties, and freedom of expression from around the world. She launched two annual documentary film labs, focusing on the creative process – one dealing with editing and storytelling, and the other with music. Weyermann’s work in the documentary field extends many years prior to Sundance. For seven years, Weyermann was the director of the Open Society Institute New York’s arts and culture program. In addition to her work with contemporary art centers and culture programs in the Soros Foundation network, she launched the Soros Documentary Fund (which later became the Sundance Documentary Fund) in 1996.
A recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, Lucia has worked on issues of sustainability and environment throughout her academic and extracurricular activities. As a student, she studied the health impacts of agricultural runoff on the Great Lakes and gentrification implications of remediation and development along the Chicago River. In her final semester, Lucia analyzed the rhetoric used around climate change, focusing specifically on the presidential debates during 2016. Lucia's other activities include an internship at the UIC Heritage Garden, serving as a student leader in the UIC Office of Sustainability, working with a community organization in Chicago's southside neighborhood of Bronzeville on their urban farm, and helping to develop education programs on smart grid metering.
Don Whittemore is a retired assistant chief of the Rocky Mountain Fire District and a former incident commander with the Rocky Mountain Interagency Incident Management Team. He has fought fires from Alaska to Florida, and was involved in response efforts to Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, and the Colorado floods of 2013. Don now teaches leadership, critical thinking, and resiliency to fire and emergency response agencies across the US and Australia. Don holds a master’s of environmental studies from the Yale School of Forestry and was featured in the recent film, Unacceptable Risk: Firefighters on the Front Lines of Climate Change.
The new Administration signals an era of uncertainty for the climate movement. At our Denver training, we will review any actions that the new Administration or Congress takes to weaken climate crisis laws and regulations. We will outline how we could respond powerfully and effectively to any such measures and how we can act for maximum impact. We know that the reaction to any measures to weaken the response to the climate crisis will be nothing less than inspiring, with millions of Americans standing up for climate solutions at home while business and world leaders will, if necessary, call on the president-elect to honor the country’s commitment to action in the Paris Agreement.
The Climate Reality Leadership Corps Colorado training is where we take the next step in fighting denial at every level and building the movement that will solve the climate crisis. It’s our chance to show that Americans and citizens around the world will not stand by if actions threaten US climate leadership on the world stage, our clean air and water, clean energy jobs, and the protection of our public lands. The climate movement and our planet need you now more than ever. In Denver, you’ll gain the knowledge, skills, and tools to answer that call and become a true leader in the fight for a sustainable future.
The training will explore several of the key climate challenges ahead in Colorado and Western US states, drawing on the experience of these local battles to offer key insights activists everywhere can learn from and apply in their work at home. Focus sessions will highlight the link between the conservation of public lands and the climate crisis, the need to quickly transition to a clean energy economy, and the unique threats the West faces from the climate crisis. Sessions will also celebrate the incredible local leadership from activists, policymakers, and business influencers in the region, discussing how their victories can offer blueprints to win for activists everywhere.
In recent years, the US has made tremendous strides towards protecting public lands and reducing fossil fuel extraction. However, with a team of oil insiders now in key cabinet positions, that progress now faces uncertainty. The American West is home to culturally rich tribal lands, vibrant forests, and diverse national monuments. Continued extraction of fossil fuels, especially through hydraulic fracturing, is deeply harmful to the health and integrity of these settings and exacerbates the climate crisis. In addition to playing a pivotal role in providing vital habitat for endangered plants and animals, public lands attract innovative businesses, employ community workers, and draw visitors who fuel local economies.(1),(2) For these benefits to continue, it is crucial that public lands stay public.
As just one example of many, public lands support a wide variety of activities, from recreational pursuits such as camping, hunting, fishing, and hiking to skiing, snowboarding, and rafting. Millions of people participate in outdoor recreation in each year and contribute $256 billion to the Western economy annually while supporting over 2.3 million jobs.(3)
Still, large tracts of public land are leased for oil, gas, and coal extraction, both accelerating the climate crisis and devastating the region’s extraordinary environment. Countering this trend by encouraging greater clean energy development on public lands, however, offers the opportunity to reduce US emissions while preserving this extraordinary natural environment for humans and wildlife. The need for action has never been clearer, with mountains experiencing below average snowpack since 2000 and peak snowmelt shifting weeks earlier over the past 30 years offering just one indicator of how the climate crisis is changing the region.(4) It’s time to bring energy development in the West into the twenty-first century to preserve not only our public lands but also the quality of life they support.
States in the West have lead the way towards a clean renewable future, with potential for more leadership in the years to come. After passing the country’s first voter-approved renewable portfolio standard in 2004, Colorado is well-positioned to implement the Clean Power Plan’s goal of reducing emissions by 38 percent from 2012 to 2030.(5) New Mexico — which currently can provide an estimated 1,000 times more electricity with renewables than the state’s Public Service Company needs — sends much of its wind energy to California.(6)
The momentum shows little sign of slowing. Continued innovation has made wind and solar competitive players in the Western energy market, with cheaper integration costs and higher savings for ratepayers.(7) At the same time, 2017 promises to be a breakthrough year for energy storage, with improving technology enabling clean energy providers to better meet market and consumer demands.
The results of these trends are especially clear in Colorado where annual home solar installations more than doubled between 2012 and 2014 to 42 megawatts while wind power grew from 1.5 percent to 13.6 percent of electricity generated in the state between 2005 and 2014.(8),(9) Additionally, Colorado’s renewable energy job market has been ranked one of the top 10 in the nation, having added over 11,000 jobs in the past decade – a number that continues to grow.(10),(11)
The West faces its own threats from the climate crisis — some of which are already being felt. Changing weather patterns have been linked to record-breaking and dangerous flood events in Colorado and beyond, damaging homes, destroying infrastructure, and costing communities billions of dollars. Climate change also threatens the loss of Western forests on an unprecedented scale and magnitude, as the threat of drought and bark-eating beetles continues to grow. As a result, the area hit by forest fires in the West has nearly doubled since 1984.(12) In the past six years, the record for costliest and most destructive wildfire in Colorado has been broken four times.(13)
Meanwhile, shorter, less reliable snow seasons are affecting winter recreation and water resources. From California to Colorado, worsening drought and water scarcity jeopardize water planning and can lead to water rights skirmishes. Reduced water availability also forces greater tradeoffs between competing water users – including agriculture, ecosystems, and urban areas – which could place particular strain on farmers and ranchers — a $24 billion industry in Colorado.(14) Transitioning away from water-intensive coal plants and fracking operations can help alleviate pressure on water demand and divert precious supply back to communities and the environment.
The investments of cities, counties, and communities in clean energy and climate-friendly economies will be more important than ever as we look to the future. Local officials, looking to bolster economic benefits and job creation, are committing to change. In 2016, Boulder, Colorado became the 17th US city to pledge to reach 100 percent renewable electricity, joining fellow Colorado city Aspen and Salt Lake City and Park City in Utah.(15) Albuquerque and Denver have been consistently ranked as some of the greenest cities in America due to energy efficiency policies and sustainability initiatives.(16) In addition to inspiring work from municipal leaders, businesses have stepped up to fight against the climate crisis, coming together to remove barriers to growth within the renewable energy sector.(17) Entrepreneurs and innovators in the West continue to provide new solutions to help former mining and fossil fuel communities diversify and adapt to the realities of the twenty-first century. The outdoor tourism industry has been recognized nationally for initiatives to curb greenhouse gas emissions and promote environmental stewardship.(18) These acts of leadership will be vital to ensuring that progress in the West continues in the years to come. Borrowing from Colorado’s official slogan, it’s time for the next generation of activists and problem solvers to “come to life” and cement the American West’s role as a climate leader of the twenty-first century.
Q. How do I apply to attend the upcoming Climate Reality Leadership Corps training?
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A. If you are unable to join us in the Philippines, you can sign up here for email updates about additional future trainings as information becomes available.
Q. What language will the training be held in?
A. All sessions and materials will be given in English
Q. How much does a training cost?
A. There is no fee to attend the training, but you will need to pay for your own travel and lodging. Click here for some ideas and tips on how to fundraise for your trip. During the training, The Climate Reality Project will provide morning coffee, lunch, light snacks, and all training materials.
Q. Do you offer scholarships?
A. Climate Reality typically offers a merit-base scholarship to 2-5 individuals at a 750-person training. We encourage applicants to seek funding elsewhere whenever possible. Attendees in the past have found funding and sponsorship through other organizations, businesses, or community groups. Click here for additional ideas and tips on how to fundraise for your trip.
Q. Do I need a visa to attend the training in Philippines?
A. If you are coming from outside of the Philippines, it is your responsibility to determine whether or not you will need a visa and, if so, obtain the visa to travel to the Philippines to attend the training. Check with your local Philippines embassy or consulate to determine whether or not you will need a visa to visit the Philippines. Once you are accepted to attend the training, Climate Reality will provide an official letter of invitation that can be used to apply for a visa for those who need one. We strongly recommend applying for your visa as soon as possible after receiving notification from Climate Reality that your application has been accepted.
Q. Can minors attend the training?
A. If a person between the ages of 13 and 18 applies and is accepted to attend the training, a parent or legal guardian must give permission for the minor to attend the training through the RSVP form, which will be sent by email upon acceptance. If a person under the age of 13 applies* and is accepted to attend the training, then a parent or legal guardian must accompany the minor to the training. Both parties (minor and parent/guardian) must be accepted to the program in order to attend the Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training. Climate Reality cannot provide any assistance with childcare. Due to limited space, only accepted applicants are allowed to attend the training.
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Q. My spouse or family member would like to travel with me. Can they attend the training?
A. Guests will not be allowed to attend the training sessions. However, there is no limitation on who can travel with you. Please understand that the majority of the three days will be occupied with the training and that your attendance at the whole training is mandatory.
Q. What is the address of the training location and where should I stay?
A. You are responsible for making your own hotel reservations at your own expense. We will send an accommodation recommendation email to all accepted and confirmed participants.
Q. What are the ten activities that I have to complete and where and when must I complete them by?
A. Within a year of completing the training with the Climate Reality Leadership Corps you are required to perform ten “Acts of Leadership.” Acts of Leadership come in a variety of forms and can be completed in your local community. Examples of Acts of Leadership include giving a presentation, writing a blog, writing a letter to the editor, organizing a film screening, organizing a climate change-related campaign, meeting with government leaders, and organizing a day of action. Most Acts of Leadership will come from giving presentations, including speaking events you arrange yourself and events arranged for you through requests that come in through Climate Reality. The Climate Reality Leadership Corps will offer as much support as possible but you will be responsible for seeking out opportunities to take action.
Q. Do I need to stay for the whole training?
A. Anyone who is applying to the Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training must be able to commit to the full length of the training. We require attendees to be present for all three days of the training. You can expect the training to begin in the morning of the first day and end in the late afternoon or early evening of the third day. Specific start times for each training will be sent once your application has been accepted and you have confirmed your attendance.
Q. Can I complete the training online if I can’t make it to the location?
A. Unfortunately, we do not provide remote trainings at this time. All attendees must be present at the training location.
Q. Aren’t we producing additional CO2 in the atmosphere by flying out to the training?
A. As a global organization fighting climate change on a global scale, Climate Reality holds trainings across continents so people everywhere can join us in working to solve the climate crisis.
Climate Reality is aware that the trainings are distant from some attendees’ homes and that event-related air travel is a contributor to CO2 pollution. In addition to implementing an event-sustainability strategy to reduce the emissions from the event, we measure event-related emissions (including air travel) and neutralize those emissions via verifiable carbon offsets.
We have seen firsthand the value of in-person trainings and how the community grows from the connections Climate Reality Leaders make during the training days. After the in-person training, attendees are invited to connect, share, and engage in an online platform that reduces or eliminates the need for any further long-distance travel in their work as Climate Reality Leaders.
Q. How does the Climate Reality Project account for event-related emissions?
A. In planning our events, Climate Reality employs sustainable event practices in accordance with the event industry’s leading standards: ISO 20121 and APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Meeting Standards. We also implement a comprehensive plan to divert as much waste as possible from the event to recycling centers and local compost facilities. Once onsite energy conservation and emission reduction strategies are exhausted, Climate Reality selects verifiable carbon offset projects to cover any remaining emissions impacts. By supporting these projects, we are able to offset and neutralize all event-related emissions, including those from air travel, energy use, vehicle use, etc.
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Climate Reality Leaders are spreading the word about the truth of climate change and the solutions we have today in over 100 countries, making a global challenge a personal issue for citizens on every continent.
WHO COMES TO A CLIMATE REALITY LEADER TRAINING?
Everyone. Whether you're a seasoned community leader, a concerned parent, a business executive, or a nine-year-old student, you can help create a healthy future for the planet. Climate Reality Leaders come from all walks of life, but all come with the same deep desire to make a difference and help solve the climate crisis.
WHY YOU SHOULD COME
- The science of climate change
- How it’s transforming daily life for communities around the world
- The solutions that are available today
- Powerful storytelling, public speaking, and social media networking techniques
- Media engagement strategies
- Best practices in grassroots organizing
- How activists like you are building momentum for solutions around the world
“This training provides the groundwork for sharing the facts and educating others about the climate crisis in a respectable, fun, digestible, and educational way. … It leaves you with a sense of hope.”
Jill MacIntyre Witt
“Wanting to make a difference is one thing. Knowing how and having the skills to really pull it off is another. That's why training to become a Climate Reality Leader was an inspiring moment for me.”
“What impressed me most about the training is that from word one, the emphasis was on human connections.”
“To me, Climate Leadership is about personal responsibility. In 20, 30 or 40 years I want to be able to look my kids and grandkids in the eye and say that I helped to make their world a better and safer place. There is nothing more important to our children’s futures then working to protect the climate system that they depend on.”