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    May 18, 2021 | 1:43 PM

    Al Gore to lead online, English and Spanish-language training for Latin American climate activists

    May 17, 2021 — From July 10-18, The Climate Reality Project will host the 47th Climate Reality Leadership Corps training, an online program for aspiring climate champions in Latin America.  

    Led by former US Vice President Al Gore, the virtual training will connect climate activists across Latin America and equip them with the knowledge and tools needed to build an inclusive and equitable movement for climate action. The training will be offered in both Spanish and English, and registration is now open through June 13.  

    “The climate crisis is already impacting the people of Latin America, but the promise of climate action and the transition to a sustainable economy in the region is enormous,” said Al Gore. “I’m excited to bring together activists and advocates at the Climate Reality Project’s Latin America Virtual Training and to grow our community of leaders who are driving change across this critically important region.”

    While Latin America is responsible for less than 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions, the region is among the most vulnerable to the climate crisis. With rising temperatures contributing to devastating wildfires in the Amazon, threatening Indigenous peoples, and exacerbating other political, economic, and social challenges, the need for urgent action couldn’t be clearer. 

    The good news is that leaders and advocates across Latin America are already proving climate solutions are critical to building a healthier, more prosperous future. The dynamic growth of wind and solar power in Chile is an important example of the economic power of clean energy. Innovation in urban infrastructure, sustainable agriculture, and conservation is a transformative force in cities and communities across the region. As voters look ahead towards nine national elections later this year, they will have a critical opportunity to chart a new course and push leaders for bold policies to accelerate a green recovery, protect frontline communities, and create an equitable and inclusive future for all. 

    Through live, pre-scheduled, and on-demand sessions, the Latin America Virtual Training will examine topics such as forests and regeneration, land defenders, the perspectives of indigenous peoples, and climate solutions in our hands today. Participants will learn how they can effectively mobilize their communities in support of climate action and make a difference in the fight for a healthy, just, and sustainable future. 

    “Climate Reality is thrilled to build upon the success of 2018’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps training in Mexico City by bringing our movement to communities across Latin America,” said Natalia Lever, director of The Climate Reality Project in Latin America. “The climate crisis is one of the greatest threats we face, and it’s up to us to work together to solve this challenge. We encourage anyone who cares about protecting our environment, ensuring the health and safety of families, friends, and neighbors, and building more equitable communities to join us at this training.”
     
    Upon completion of the training, participants will join Climate Reality’s global network of more than 33,000 activists around the world, including artists, businesspeople, opinion leaders, entrepreneurs, citizens, and students dedicated to bold, ambitious climate action.  Later this year, Climate Reality plans to host a virtual training for the global community to mobilize action ahead of the COP26 summit. 

    Registration for the Latin America Virtual Training is now open to those over the age of 16 with an interest in climate activism. While the training will focus on issues specifically relevant to Latin America and the Caribbean, anyone from anywhere in the world is welcome to attend. All attendees will need a device with Internet access to participate. 

    To apply, please visit climaterealityproject.org/latam.

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    ABOUT THE CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT
    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 level of society. With a global movement more than 5 million strong and a grassroots network of trained Climate Reality Leader activists, we are spreading the truth about the climate crisis and building popular support for clean energy solutions. For more information, visit www.climaterealityproject.org or follow us on Twitter at @ClimateReality.