Washington, DC (February 4, 2021) – Beginning on April 22, The Climate Reality Project will host the 46th Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training, an online program to train the next generation of climate champions.
Led by Climate Reality’s founder and chairman, former US Vice President Al Gore, the training connects activists and change-makers across the country and equips them with practical tools to contribute to a powerful, diverse, and equitable movement for climate action, led by young people and communities of color. Registration for the virtual training is now open until March 17.
“We enter 2021 with a renewed sense of hope and optimism, thanks to new leadership in the Senate and a White House committed to confronting the climate crisis,” said Al Gore. “This November, the American people demanded climate action at the ballot box, and now, we must seize this opportunity for meaningful federal action that addresses the climate crisis, COVID-19, economic insecurity, and racial injustice. Citizen activists must be equipped with knowledge and prepared to mobilize their communities in support of clean solutions at every level of government. The fate of our country, and our planet, depends on it.”
Last year marked a turning point in the climate crisis. According to NASA, 2020 effectively tied 2016 as the warmest year on record globally, and in the United States, we witnessed unprecedented climate-related extreme weather events. From the wildfires that scorched the West to hurricanes that battered the Atlantic Coast, the US experienced a record 22 weather or climate disasters costing $1 billion in damages.
With new leadership in the White House and the United States Senate, we have a historic opportunity to turn the page. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have outlined an ambitious climate agenda focused on re-establishing US climate leadership, protecting frontline communities, and placing the country on a path to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. At this critical moment, we must come together to demand urgent action across all levels of government and ensure that racial, economic, and climate justice is at the forefront of federal, state, and local climate policies.
Participants in the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training will take part in a rigorous virtual program, which can be tailored to fit their personal schedules. The training is designed to teach attendees how to effectively mobilize their communities and networks in support of US climate action and includes live, pre-scheduled, and on-demand sessions led by Al Gore and renowned scientists, policymakers, communicators, activists, and organizers. Trainees will learn about the climate solutions at hand today and explore how our elected leaders can create jobs and address racial and economic inequality by accelerating a just transition to clean energy.
Created in 2006, following the release of An Inconvenient Truth, the Climate Reality Leadership Corps program started by training activists on Vice President Gore’s farm in Carthage, Tennessee. Since then, the program has trained more than 31,000 Climate Reality Leaders from 170 countries around the world. This will be Climate Reality’s third virtual training. Past in-person trainings have been held in in Tokyo, Japan; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Brisbane, Australia; Atlanta, Georgia; Los Angeles, California; Berlin, Germany; Mexico City, Mexico; Manila, Philippines; Miami, Florida; Toronto, Canada; New Delhi, India; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Climate Reality also has 10 branch offices around the world and approximately 130 local chapters throughout the United States.
Later this year, Climate Reality plans to host two additional virtual trainings for the global community to mobilize action on climate around the world: a Latin American-focused training this summer and a worldwide training in the fall.
To register for the training or to learn more about the Climate Reality Leadership Corps program, visit https://www.climaterealityproject.org/apply/virtual-us-training. Please contact email@example.com or +1-202-567-6800 with any questions.