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Accra, Ghana (November 17, 2023) – Today, the founder and chairman of The Climate Reality Project, former US Vice President Al Gore, presented the Alfredo Sirkis Memorial Green Ring Award to Climate Reality Leader Michael Terungwa David, founder of the Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation (GIFSEP) at the Climate Reality Leadership Training in Accra, Ghana.

The Alfredo Sirkis Memorial Green Ring Award honors Climate Reality Leaders who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to their roles as climate communicators and activists. Trained as a Climate Reality Leader at the Johannesburg, South Africa training in 2014, Michael has devoted his life to climate action and justice in his community. A tireless advocate, Michael has delivered over 190 presentations on the climate crisis and how we work to solve it. Some of his accomplishments include spearheading a Vote for Climate campaign to educate voters about the climate crisis and build grassroots support for climate  policies, promoting the use of solar energy for displaced persons and communities in Nigeria, and authoring the book Understanding Climate Change for Schools in Nigeria.

Michael currently serves as the Africa regional coordinator for Citizens Climate International and the senior adviser for Climate Clock Africa, while pursuing a PhD in environmental management. He holds a master’s degree in environmental protection and planning, a master’s in renewable energy, and a post-graduate certificate in sustainable leadership from the University of Cambridge. Previously, Michael worked as the West African branch coordinator for the African Climate Reality Project.

“A Climate Reality Leader since 2014, Michael is a scholar, educator, author, organizer, and advocate,” said Phyllis Cuttino, president and CEO of The Climate Reality Project. “His passion, dedication, and drive for climate action are inspiring to all of us in the movement. It is an honor to recognize Michael’s many accomplishments with the Alfredo Sirkis Memorial Green Ring Award – one of just 25 recipients globally. The Climate Reality Project looks forward to his continued leadership in addressing the climate crisis and stewarding a just clean energy transition.”

The two-and-a-half-day Climate Reality Leadership training in Accra, led by former US Vice President Al Gore, gathered an esteemed lineup of scientists, activists, and experts from across the continent to focus on the potential for the people of West African nations to create a new model of sustainable development and open the door to a better life for millions in the region.

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Founded by Nobel laureate and former US Vice President Al Gore, The Climate Reality Project is working to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every sector of society. With a global movement more than three million strong and a grassroots network of trained Climate Reality Leader activists, it is spreading the truth about the climate crisis and building popular support for clean energy solutions. For more information, visit