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Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and other experts train more than 450 new Climate Reality Leaders in New Delhi.


New Delhi, India (February 23, 2015) – The Climate Reality Project announced today that high-profile leaders in renewable energy are joining former U.S. Vice President Al Gore in New Delhi to train more than 450 new Climate Reality Leaders. The event – which takes place February 22-24 –marks the 27th Climate Reality Leadership Corps training, and will focus on the renewable energy potential for India, as well as the key role the country plays in the lead up to the highly anticipated COP 21 climate negotiations in Paris at the end of the year.

Participants in the training learn about the science of climate change and solutions for the climate crisis while developing skills to effectively communicate about both the challenges and opportunities.

World-class experts will speak on a variety of topics relevant to India and climate change, including its effects on the country, opportunities for renewable solutions, and how grassroots engagement can benefit people across India.

Speakers include:

  • Ken Berlin, President & CEO, The Climate Reality Project
  • Sanjit Bunker Roy, Founder, Barefoot College
  • Mahesh Vipradas, Sr. GM & Head, Regulatory Affairs
  • Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, Bureau of Energy Efficiency Harish Hande, Managing Director, SELCO India
  • Dr. Henry Pollack, Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan
  • Dr. Ram Boojh, Program Specialist, UNESCO
  • Angela Rutter, Director of Strategic Engagement, Australian Conservation Foundation
  • Arunabha Ghosh, Chief Executive Officer, Council on Energy, Environment, and Water
  • Ramapati Kumar, Founder, Centre for Environment and Energy Development
  • Chinmaya Acharya, Chief of Programs, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation
  • Ramesh Kumar Jalan, PhD, Resource Person and Moderator, Climate Change Community, Solution Exchange, United Nations Development Program
  • T.S. Panwar, PhD, Director, Climate Change and Energy Program, WWF-India
  • Mr. Kamal Meattle, CEO, Paharpur Business Centre (PBC) and GreenSpacesTM & Board of Trustees, The Climate Reality Project, India
  • Krishan Kalra, Trustee, The Climate Reality Project, India

A full list of speakers is available here.

“There are many reasons to be optimistic about our ability to solve the climate crisis,” said Al Gore, Chairman and Founder of The Climate Reality Project. “The Climate Reality Leadership Corps training in New Delhi, which will bring together committed activists and citizens from all over India and from several others nations, gives me yet another reason to be hopeful. After completing this training, these leaders will be empowered with the best tools possible to communicate this message of hope to their own communities.”

India is an important country when it comes to climate action, as it is already experiencing negative effects of climate change, including extreme rainfall, flooding and significant changes to agricultural patterns without the infrastructure to easily adapt. While the country has a low per-capita historical responsibility for emissions, India also has the opportunity to pursue an inclusive and sustainable development pathway, to secure a healthy, safe and prosperous future for its citizens and the world. 

Thus far, The Climate Reality Project has trained over 7,000 Climate Reality Leaders from more than 100 countries, including recent trainings held in Istanbul, Chicago, Johannesburg, Melbourne and Rio de Janeiro.

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About The Climate Reality Project

The Climate Reality Project is one of the world’s leading organizations dedicated to mobilizing action around climate change. With a global movement more than 5 million strong and a grassroots network of trained Climate Reality Leaders, we are spreading the truth and unleashing the cultural momentum to solve the climate crisis. Former U.S. Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore is the Founder and Chairman of The Climate Reality Project. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at @ClimateReality.

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