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    December 10, 2019 | 12:00 PM

    24 Hours of Reality: Truth in Action Most Inspiring Moments

    If you’ve kept up with Climate Reality for a while, you know that 24 Hours of Reality: Truth In Action was a whole new take on an annual tradition. This year, instead of discussing our changing climate via a live, 24-hour web and TV broadcast, we did something different — we asked our incredible Climate Reality Leaders to engage their communities in a day of climate action and education.

    The result?

    More than 1,500 Climate Reality Leaders delivered over 2,000 presentations across 82 countries, on all seven continents, and in all 50 US states. Together, they inspired audiences all across the globe to take action on the climate crisis.  

    Every single one of these presentations represented an incredible climate action, and many were incredibly unique, so we thought we’d share a few highlights from the big day!  

    24 Hours of Reality’s scheduled presentations.

    PUTTING TRUTH INTO ACTION

    What better way to start 24 hours of presentations than by watching former Vice President Al Gore do what he does best: get a crowd fired up to take climate action! That’s exactly what a packed audience experienced at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Over the next 24 hours, more than 1,700 grassroots activists around the world will bring the hopeful message about climate solutions to their communities for 24 Hours of Reality: #TruthIntoAction, a global day of climate action and education. @climatereality has always believed in the power of education and the importance of engaging directly with our friends, families, and neighbors to build a global coalition for climate action. That’s why I’m addressing my own community of Nashville, Tennessee at @vanderbiltu. I am honored to have the opportunity to share how we can work together to create a better future for ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren.

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    Not long after his kick-off, Climate Reality Leaders began presenting to audiences all across the globe.

    1. What better place to talk about the future of renewable energy than in a retired coal plant?
     


    2. Just like Vice President Gore, Jonathan and Drew Scott (AKA, the Property Brothers) spoke truth into action in Nashville, Tennessee.
     


    3. Several major companies around the world, including IBM, Sony, and Lamborghini, also joined the conversation.
     

    IBM’s London, UK office learning about the climate crisis.  


    4. It wasn’t just companies, though. Some fantastic organizations also joined.
     

    Climate Reality Leaders Okada Aya and Hirabayashi Cougar with their audience in Tokyo, Japan. 


    5. In Australia, Climate Reality Leaders described the link between our warming world and increasingly acidic oceans and coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef. 
     



    6. And speaking of Australia, thanks to Climate Reality Australia Branch Manager Linh Do, a 24 Hours presentation was even hosted in Antarctica! 


    7. David Rodwell — an extraordinarily tireless Climate Reality Leader — gave an astounding 28 presentations in the span of the event’s 24 hours.

     

    8. Meanwhile, on the opposite coast of the United States, Climate Reality Leader and Earth Uprising founder Alexandria Villaseñor gave her presentation at the University of California, Davis.

     


    9. In fact, schools around the world – like the one below in the Italian town of Melzo – took the time to join the discussion. 


    10. Climate Reality Leader Anna Badet presented to an eager crowd in Kyiv, Ukraine. 


    11. Just a few time zones away, a presentation was also hosted in the city of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 

     Presenters Sarah Alharthey and Tariq Buhilaigah with their audience in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 


    12. And in Uganda, too.


    13. As well as in cities across India…  


    14. …and back in North America at a school in Ontario, Canada. 


    15. Was a 24 Hours of Reality presentation given at a zoo? You bet!
     

     

    24 Hours of Reality: Live from the Bronx Zoo in New York City. 

    AND NOT TO BRAG

    But did a mayor declare November 21, 2019 to be “24 Hours of Climate Reality Day”? That’s also a yes! 

     

    PROMOTING NATURAL SOLUTIONS

    One of the best parts of the entire event?

    Thanks to our partners at One Tree Planted, a tree will be planted for every participant that attended a 24 Hours of Reality presentation this year.

    Long-time Climate Reality friend Calum Worthy — who joined one of our chapters for a post-24 Hours of Reality tree planting event — seems to agree that trees are incredibly important!


    These were just a handful of the thousands of presentations given around the world. Check out the event’s Zoomph page to see the full reel.

    We want to thank every single one of the incredible Climate Reality Leaders who helped make 24 Hours of Reality: Truth in Action such a powerful event. When it comes to the climate crisis, every voice makes a difference — especially when they’re united to call for the change we need.  

    YOU CAN JOIN THIS FIGHT

    Do you want to help us keep this incredible momentum going?  

    Join us at our next Leadership Corps training event and become a Climate Reality Leader.

    Just like the all-star activists who presented during 24 Hours of Reality, you’ll be given the tools and the training to spread the truth about the climate crisis in your community. Together, this worldwide network of leaders is pushing for the solutions we need to solve this crisis! 

    Learn more and apply today at Climaterealityproject.org/training.  

    Before You Go

    At Climate Reality, we work hard to create high-quality educational content like blogs, e-books, videos, and more to empower people all over the world to fight for climate solutions and stand together to drive the change we need. We are a nonprofit organization that believes there is hope in unity, and that together, we can build a safe, sustainable future.

    But we can't do it without your help.

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