The training will be the first to follow the Sundance premiere of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, a follow-up to the groundbreaking 2006 documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. Applications to be trained as a Climate Reality Leader by former US Vice President Al Gore are now open until January 24.
Washington, DC (January 19, 2016) — The Climate Reality Project announced today that the application period is open for the 34th Climate Reality Leadership Corps training, which will be held March 2-4 in Denver, CO.
Al Gore, former vice president of the United States and chairman of The Climate Reality Project, will lead the Denver training for hundreds of new Climate Reality Leaders. This will be the 34th training since An Inconvenient Truth and the first to be held after the world premiere of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power at Sundance Film Festival. From Participant Media, and directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, the sequel follows Vice President Gore as he continues his decades long fight to build a more sustainable future for our planet.
Joining Vice President Gore will be an impressive list of world class scientists, communicators, and climate experts discussing the impact of the climate crisis around the world and particularly in the Western US. Climate Reality Leaders will emerge from the training equipped with the knowledge and tools to build public awareness of global climate challenges, communicate confidently about the solutions we can implement, and offer public support for leaders at all levels of society working toward climate action.
Colorado and the American West are home to some of the country’s largest areas of public land, as well as a booming renewable energy industry and several highly ambitious local and state actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The training will highlight the opportunities and challenges Western US states will face with regards to the climate crisis and its solutions.
“Colorado and other states in the West have demonstrated an inspiring commitment to clean energy, especially at the local level, with several cities, towns, and businesses leading the transition to 100 percent renewable energy,” said Ken Berlin, president and CEO of The Climate Reality Project. “Grassroots activism is the bedrock of the climate action movement, and we’re thrilled to hold this training in Denver to highlight the amazing work of the activists and citizens working to protect such a beautiful, historic region of the United States.”
In addition to showcasing the inspiring work of local climate champions and the region’s momentum in deploying renewable energy, the training will highlight some of the climate impacts Colorado and other states have suffered in recent years and may encounter in the future. Rising temperatures and increasingly unpredictable snowpack threaten the region’s vibrant winter sports and tourism industries; rampant and more-frequent wildfires threaten some of the country’s most breathtaking landscapes; and increasingly intense drought could compromise water availability for both private citizens and some of the region’s most important industries. These challenges require a powerful, unified response, and the training will equip new Climate Reality Leaders to mobilize their communities around viable, clean energy solutions.
The Climate Reality Project has trained thousands of Climate Reality Leaders from more than 130 countries, with recent trainings held in Houston, Texas; Shenzhen, China; Manila, Philippines; Miami, Florida; Toronto, Canada; New Delhi, India; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Apply before January 24 at www.climaterealitytraining.org.
ABOUT THE CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT
Founded by Nobel Laureate and former US Vice President Al Gore, The Climate Reality Project is one of the world’s leading organizations dedicated to mobilizing action on climate change. 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.