It’s a wrap. After a full day of conversations, presentations, reports from the field, and some deeply compelling stories, the lights went down on the set of 24 Hours of Reality: 24 Reasons for Hope at noon this past Wednesday. And despite the feeling of sleep being a distant memory for many of us here at Climate Reality, there’s also an incredible energy and sense of real belief that this is our time to solve climate change. After all, we just had millions of people around the world tune in to learn more about solutions and nearly 150,000 (and counting) have pledged to dedicate a day to climate action in the next 12 months (and if you haven’t done so already, you can join them here).
It’s not just what’s happening at Climate Reality that gives us this conviction. What’s different now is that we actually have the tools and technology we need to make the shift to clean energy and stop climate change. As our chairman, former Vice President Gore, said during 24 Reasons for Hope, “All around the world, we are witnessing a profound transition to clean, renewable sources of energy.”
At the same time technology is changing, so is popular will for action. Witness the fact that this Sunday, thousands will fill the streets of New York for the People’s Climate March, demanding the world leaders attending the United Nations Climate Summit on September 23 take bold steps to address the crisis. And with these leaders beginning the process of creating a new global agreement on climate action, culminating with a critical U.N. conference in Paris in December 2015, they have the opportunity to do just that. Now it’s up to us to make sure they do.
In the meantime, if you’re like most people, chances are you weren’t able to catch all of 24 Hours of Reality: 24 Reasons for Hope (there was a lot to watch, after all). While there’s no way to cover everything, we wanted to share some of our own highlights from the broadcast.
- Hour 1: Vice President Gore shares his first reason for hope, outlining the incredible growth of renewable energy around the world.
- Hour 1: Actor and activist Mark Ruffalo talks with Weather Channel anchor Sam Champion about how changes in technology are creating new possibilities for solar and other clean energy sources.
- Hour 3: Actor Ian Somerhalder is the man on the street in the Green Apple, interviewing New Yorkers about climate solutions and making the day of more than one teenager.
- Hour 10: A field report shows how Interfaith Power and Light is bringing faith communities together to tackle climate change.
- Hour 14: Activist and filmmaker Vanessa Black exposes the Dark Money donors subverting our democracy in a compelling episode of YOUTHFUEL.
- Hour 18: We profile Patrick Ngowi, the CEO of Helvetic Solar, a Tanzanian company working to bridge the energy gap in East Africa with solar.
- Hour 23: Univision anchor and journalist Vanessa Hauc explores the smart solutions happening in forward-looking cities around the world with White House advisor John Podesta.
- Hour 24: YouTuber Tyler Oakley previews the upcoming U.N. Climate Summit and what it means in 24 Seconds of Reality.
These are only some of the great parts of 24 Hours of Reality: 24 Reasons for Hope and there’s plenty more to see, including illuminating conversations with Chris Hayes, Maggie Grace, Bradley Whitford, and Lieutenant General Russel Honore, to name only a few, not to mention more reports from the field and eye-opening episodes of YOUTHFUEL. To see these and more, just visit 24hoursofreality.org.
Most importantly, while you’re there, pledge to do your part to advance the clean-energy revolution and dedicate a day to working for climate solutions.
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