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    August 16-18



    • Learn from our Founder and Chairman former US Vice President Al Gore, how to communicate the urgency of the climate crisis to people everywhere
    • Learn how to combine science and solutions to engage audiences
    • Learn to inspire others to take action
    • Hear from subject experts in such fields as strategic communications, climate science, and grassroots organizing
    • Network with global leaders and influencers
    • Information about the training venue and accommodations will be emailed to participants after they have been accepted to the training

    There is no cost to attend the training. However, participants must pay for their own travel and accommodations.






    Former Vice President Al Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management. He is a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and a member of Apple, Inc.'s board of directors. Gore spends the majority of his time as chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a non-profit organization he founded that is focused on solutions for the global climate crisis.
    Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, 1978, 1980 and 1982 and to the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990. He was inaugurated as the 45th Vice President of the United States on January 20, 1993, and served eight years. 
    He is the author of the bestsellers Earth in the Balance, An Inconvenient Truth, The Assault on Reason, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, and most recently, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. He is the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary and was selected as the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate for "informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change."
    Former Vice President Gore was born on March 31, 1948, and resides in Nashville, Tennessee.



    Ken Berlin is the President and CEO of The Climate Reality Project. Ken has devoted his career to leadership on environment, energy and climate change issues. A trusted advisor to businesses, non-profits and federal and state governments, Ken has been recognized as one of the top climate change attorneys in the world and has extensive expertise on international environmental issues ranging from clean energy to biodiversity. Most recently, Ken chaired the Skadden Arps Environmental and Climate Change practices and served as the Executive Vice-President and General Counsel for the Coalition for Green Capital. He was also a leader in establishing the Climate Speakers Network. In 2012, Ken served as Chair of the Obama Energy and Environment Team.



    As a Climate Reality Leader in training, you’ll learn about the science of climate change and clean energy solutions and gain the storytelling and media skills needed to inspire audiences everywhere to take action. Plus, you’ll join a global network of influencers just like you who are already building a powerful movement for solutions in over 130 countries.

    Why are we training hundreds of new Climate Reality Leaders in Houston, Texas? Read on to find out about the topics the training will cover and see why we believe Texas is an important place to grow the movement.

    Renewable Energy – Everything’s Bigger in Texas

    Give us three days. We’ll give you the tools to change the world.

    Texas is already first in the nation in terms of installed wind capacity and generates over 10 percent of its electricity with wind. And with some of the US’ best wind energy potential still largely untapped and more capacity under construction, the growth potential for wind in Texas is enormous. A smaller fraction of Texas’ electricity comes from solar, but that’s likely to change soon. With the largest solar potential of any state, Texas is home to numerous cities leading the way in new solar installations. Houston is known for its oil and gas companies, of course, but after decades of contributing to climate change, these companies now have an enormous opportunity to be part of the solution. While celebrating how Texas has embraced renewables, we also want to discuss how the traditional oil and gas sector can play an important and even essential role in tackling the climate crisis.

    Extreme Weather

    From multi-year, billion-dollar drought and wildfires to recurring billion-dollar, deadly floods, Texas has been hit by more climate-related disasters than any other state since 1980. Just last April, parts of the state, including the Houston metro area, received up to a foot of rain over just a three-day period, leading to deadly flooding and costing billions of dollars in damages. These events could be just a taste of what is to come, given the scientific analyses showing that the heaviest downpours are becoming increasingly more common in the state. Add in rising seas and higher and potentially more frequent storm surge flooding along the state’s coastline, and it’s easy to see why Texas faces extremely serious risks from climate change. We’ll explore how climate change is already impacting the state and what’s projected into the future.

    Climate and Environmental Justice

    The impacts of climate change disproportionally affect society’s most vulnerable, and Texas is uniquely challenged in this regard. The state has large minority and low-income populations exposed to extreme heat – particularly in urban areas – and flooding. As sea levels rise and storm surges increase, the risk of flooding and the potential release of oil and other hazardous petrochemicals is a growing concern – especially in areas like Galveston Bay and the Houston Ship Channel, home to billions of dollars’ worth of oil and gas infrastructure. We’ll discuss the intersection of climate change risk and social justice, what is already being done, and what more can be done to address these complicated issues.





    Q. How do I apply to attend the upcoming Climate Reality Leadership Corps training?

    A. You can fill out an application here to attend our next training in Houston, Texas, August 16–18, 2016.

    Q. How can I stay updated on upcoming Climate Reality Leaderships Corps trainings?

    A. If you are unable to join us in Texas, you can sign up here for email updates about additional future trainings as information becomes available.

    Q. What language will the training be held in?

    A. All sessions and materials will be in English

    Q. How much does a training cost?

    A. There is no fee to attend the training, but you will need to pay for your own travel and lodging. Click here for some ideas and tips on how to fundraise for your trip. During the training, The Climate Reality Project will provide morning coffee/tea, lunch, light snacks, and all training materials.

    Q. Do you offer scholarships?

    A. Climate Reality typically offers a merit-base scholarship to two-five individuals at a 750-person training. We encourage applicants to seek funding elsewhere whenever possible. Attendees in the past have found funding and sponsorship through other organizations, businesses, or community groups. Click here for additional ideas and tips on how to fundraise for your trip.

    Q. Do I need a visa to attend the training in Texas?

    A. If you are coming from outside of the US, it is your responsibility to determine whether or not you will need a visa and, if so, obtain the visa to travel to the US to attend the training. Check with your local US embassy or consulate to determine whether or not you will need a visa to visit the US. Once you are accepted to attend the training, Climate Reality will provide an official letter of invitation that can be used to apply for a visa for those who need one. We strongly recommend applying for your visa as soon as possible after receiving notification from Climate Reality that your application has been accepted.

    Q. Can minors attend the training?

    A. If a person between the ages of 13 and 18 applies and is accepted to attend the training, a parent or legal guardian must give permission for the minor to attend the training through the RSVP form, which will be sent by email upon acceptance. If a person under the age of 13 applies* and is accepted to attend the training, then a parent or legal guardian must accompany the minor to the training. Both parties (minor and parent/guardian) must be accepted to the program in order to attend the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training. Climate Reality cannot provide any assistance with childcare. Due to limited space, only accepted applicants are allowed to attend the training.

    *Please note that by law, Climate Reality cannot collect personally identifiable information from children under 13 years of age online. Those who are under 13 years of age who wish to apply for the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training should not submit any personally identifying information about themselves on the application and should have their parent or legal guardian contact our team at

    Q. My spouse or family member would like to travel with me. Can they attend the training?

    A. Guests will not be allowed to attend the training sessions. However, there is no limitation on who can travel with you. Please understand that the majority of the three days will be occupied with the training and that your attendance at the whole training is mandatory.

    Q. What is the address of the training location and where should I stay?

    A. You are responsible for making your own hotel reservations at your own expense. We will send an accommodation recommendation email to all accepted and confirmed participants as soon as that information becomes available.

    Q. What are the ten activities that I have to complete and where and when must I complete them?

    A. Within a year of completing the training with the Climate Reality Leadership Corps you are required to perform ten “Acts of Leadership.” Acts of Leadership come in a variety of forms and can be completed in your local community. Examples of Acts of Leadership include giving a presentation, writing a blog, writing a letter to the editor, organizing a film screening, organizing a climate change-related campaign, meeting with government leaders, and organizing a day of action. Most Acts of Leadership will come from giving presentations, including speaking events you arrange yourself and events arranged for you through requests that come in to Climate Reality. The Climate Reality Leadership Corps will offer as much support as possible but you will be responsible for seeking out opportunities to take action.

    Q. Do I need to stay for the whole training?

    A. Anyone who is applying to the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training must be able to commit to the full length of the training. We require attendees to be present for all three days of the training. You can expect the training to begin in the morning of the first day and end in the late afternoon or early evening of the third day. Specific start times for each training will be sent once your application has been accepted and you have confirmed your attendance.

    Q. Can I complete the training online if I can’t make it to the location?

    A. Unfortunately, we do not provide remote trainings at this time. All attendees must be present at the training location.

    Q. Aren’t we producing additional CO2 in the atmosphere by flying out to the training?

    A. As a global organization fighting climate change on a global scale, Climate Reality holds trainings across continents so people everywhere can join us in working to solve the climate crisis.

    Climate Reality is aware that the trainings are distant from some attendees’ homes and that event-related air travel is a contributor to CO2 pollution. In addition to implementing an event-sustainability strategy to reduce the emissions from the event, we measure event-related emissions (including air travel) and neutralize those emissions via verifiable carbon offsets.

    We have seen firsthand the value of in-person trainings and how the community grows from the connections Climate Reality Leaders make during the training days. After the in-person training, attendees are invited to connect, share, and engage in an online platform that reduces or eliminates the need for any further long-distance travel in their work as Climate Reality Leaders.

    Q. How does the Climate Reality Project account for event-related emissions?

    A. In planning our events, Climate Reality employs sustainable event practices in accordance with the event industry’s leading standards: ISO 20121 and APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Meeting Standards. We also implement a comprehensive plan to divert as much waste as possible from the event to recycling centers and local compost facilities. Once onsite energy conservation and emission reduction strategies are exhausted, Climate Reality selects verifiable carbon offset projects to cover any remaining emissions impacts. By supporting these projects, we are able to offset and neutralize all event-related emissions, including those from air travel, energy use, vehicle use, etc.


    Do you have a question that is not addressed here? Please contact us at or call us at 202-567-6829 and we'll respond as soon as possible.


    You know our climate is changing. You want to make a difference. We’ll show you how. Join us for a Climate Reality Leadership Corps training and work with former US Vice President Al Gore and renowned climate scientists and communicators to learn about what’s happening to our planet and how you can use social media, powerful storytelling, and personal outreach to inspire audiences to take action. Give us three days. We’ll give you the tools to change the world.


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    Everyone. Whether you're a seasoned community leader, a concerned parent, a business executive, or a nine-year-old student, you can help create a healthy future for the planet. Climate Reality Leaders come from all walks of life, but all come with the same deep desire to make a difference and help solve the climate crisis.



    You'll learn

    • The science of climate change
    • How it’s transforming daily life for communities around the world
    • The solutions that are available today
    • Powerful storytelling, public speaking, and social media networking techniques
    • Media engagement strategies
    • Best practices in grassroots organizing
    • How activists like you are building momentum for solutions around the world



    Past Speakers

    Sanjit Bunker Roy Founder, Barefoot College
    Mayalu Kokometi Waurá Txucarramãe Indigenous Leader, Mebêngôkrê Nyre Movement
    Premier Kathleen Wynne Premier of Ontario
    Larry Schweiger Former President and CEO, National Wildlife Federation
    Senator Rob Hogg Iowa Senator
    Dr. Robin Gunning Principal Research Scientist, New South Wales Department of Primary Industries
    Atossa Soltani Founder and Executive Director, Amazon Watch
    Carlos Zegarra Executive Director, Sachamama
    Ajay Mathur Director General, Bureau of Energy Efficiency, India
    Vanessa Hauc Journalist, Telemundo Network
    Merran Smith Executive Director, Clean Energy Canada
    Kumi Nadoo Executive Director, Greenpeace International

    "Solving the climate crisis is within our grasp, but we need people like you to stand up and act."

    Al Gore
    Founder and Chairman,
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