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.
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.
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?
24 Hours of Reality: #TruthIntoAction in a historic coal mine in Silesia, Poland.
The green future and fair transition of Silesia needs real political action. @ClimateReality #24HoursofReality pic.twitter.com/vFcCks0i2x
— Climate Reality EU (@ClimateCEE) November 21, 2019
2. Just like Vice President Gore, Jonathan and Drew Scott (AKA, the Property Brothers) spoke truth into action in Nashville, Tennessee.
Our @sbentertainment team’s desire to make change is inspiring. Today we joined thousands of eco-conscious leaders from around the world to present #24HoursOfReality to our production team pic.twitter.com/nxpQN7jdHS
— Drew Scott (@MrDrewScott) November 21, 2019
3. Several major companies around the world, including IBM, Sony, and Lamborghini, also joined the conversation.
Great to see the preparation come off for the #THINKClimate event tonight! One of the first events in @algore’s 24 hours of @ClimateReality #TruthIntoAction One of 1,700 events around the world in 24hrs! #ClimateAction #ClimateChange #VotesVoicesChoices pic.twitter.com/kp2yn35NSL
— Anthony Huntley (@AntHuntley) November 20, 2019
IBM’s London, UK office learning about the climate crisis.
4. It wasn’t just companies, though. Some fantastic organizations also joined.
Today we are joining #24HoursofReality with the @ClimateReality Project! We kicked off the morning with a staff conversation on the truth of the #ClimateCrisis and how we can be part of the solution.
More: https://t.co/Rac6cEpM9K#TruthinAction #ClimateActionNow pic.twitter.com/oapLr8neJH
— Peace Boat (@peace_boat) November 21, 2019
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!
Here's the team setting sail for #Antarctica as part of @homewardboundprojects. Excited to be presenting for @ClimateReality's 24 Hours of Reality #TruthIntoAction initiative. #LeadOnClimate #BeAmbitious #TakeYourPlace @DrCLanglais @juliacmaybe @AnikaMolesworth @Ranger_Lily_HB4 pic.twitter.com/SvgDa5CqdJ
— Linh Do (@lmdo) November 20, 2019
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.
We're doing #24HoursofReality with the @ClimateReality @ucdavis chapter!
24 hours...24 speakers. The #ClimateCrisis doesn't sleep, and neither do we!
I was honored to speak alongside @BenHoulton @nickbuxton and so many others tonight. pic.twitter.com/ADTgsZGVmH
— Alexandria Villaseñor (@AlexandriaV2005) November 21, 2019
9. In fact, schools around the world – like the one below in the Italian town of Melzo – took the time to join the discussion.
— Climate Reality EU (@ClimateCEE) November 21, 2019
10. Climate Reality Leader Anna Badet presented to an eager crowd in Kyiv, Ukraine.
In this pic people are still coming in the room and more chairs are being put up. #24hoursofreality Presentation to superinterested crowd in Kyiv, Ukraine was well received! Lovely to be here! #ClimateAction is fun! pic.twitter.com/txw50uhOeL
— Yanna Badet (@YannaBadet) November 20, 2019
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.
Africa has had 24 hours of discussing the #ClimateCrisis and finding solutions in Uganda. We've put #TruthIntoAction #24hoursofreality. Thanks to @ClimateReality and @AfricaCRP. I'm proud to be one of the Climate Reality Leaders trained by @algore. #LeadOnClimate pic.twitter.com/Oq7A7LP5L6
— Tim Mugerwa (@TimMugerwa) November 21, 2019
13. As well as in cities across India…
— Ashok Pandey, FRSA (@ashokkp) November 21, 2019
14. …and back in North America at a school in Ontario, Canada.
Presenting #ClimateChange, health and #climateaction to engaged students at Weldon Secondary School. Thanks to Robyn James of Kawartha Climate Club for organizing. @ClimateReality @Reality_Canada @algore #24hoursofreality #TruthIntoAction #leadonclimate @kawarthalakes pic.twitter.com/hBwP35XOKk
— truthonclimate (@truthonclimate) November 21, 2019
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!
.@MayorCarter declares today 24 Hours of Climate Reality Day in the @cityofsaintpaul. Mayor Carter will speak at 6 p.m. tonight at the @sciencemuseummn to discuss how the City is taking bold action on #OurClimateCrisis. #24HoursOfReality #ReadBrave pic.twitter.com/yN1cGjAfpR
— Saint Paul Public Library (@stpaullibrary) November 21, 2019
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!
— Calum Worthy (@CalumWorthy) November 22, 2019
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?
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.
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