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- 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.
The new Administration signals an era of uncertainty for the climate movement. At our Denver training, we will review any actions that the new Administration or Congress takes to weaken climate crisis laws and regulations. We will outline how we could respond powerfully and effectively to any such measures and how we can act for maximum impact. We know that the reaction to any measures to weaken the response to the climate crisis will be nothing less than inspiring, with millions of Americans standing up for climate solutions at home while business and world leaders will, if necessary, call on the president-elect to honor the country’s commitment to action in the Paris Agreement.
The Climate Reality Leadership Corps Colorado training is where we take the next step in fighting denial at every level and building the movement that will solve the climate crisis. It’s our chance to show that Americans and citizens around the world will not stand by if actions threaten US climate leadership on the world stage, our clean air and water, clean energy jobs, and the protection of our public lands. The climate movement and our planet need you now more than ever. In Denver, you’ll gain the knowledge, skills, and tools to answer that call and become a true leader in the fight for a sustainable future.
The training will explore several of the key climate challenges ahead in Colorado and Western US states, drawing on the experience of these local battles to offer key insights activists everywhere can learn from and apply in their work at home. Focus sessions will highlight the link between the conservation of public lands and the climate crisis, the need to quickly transition to a clean energy economy, and the unique threats the West faces from the climate crisis. Sessions will also celebrate the incredible local leadership from activists, policymakers, and business influencers in the region, discussing how their victories can offer blueprints to win for activists everywhere.
In recent years, the US has made tremendous strides towards protecting public lands and reducing fossil fuel extraction. However, with a team of oil insiders now in key cabinet positions, that progress now faces uncertainty. The American West is home to culturally rich tribal lands, vibrant forests, and diverse national monuments. Continued extraction of fossil fuels, especially through hydraulic fracturing, is deeply harmful to the health and integrity of these settings and exacerbates the climate crisis. In addition to playing a pivotal role in providing vital habitat for endangered plants and animals, public lands attract innovative businesses, employ community workers, and draw visitors who fuel local economies.(1),(2) For these benefits to continue, it is crucial that public lands stay public.
As just one example of many, public lands support a wide variety of activities, from recreational pursuits such as camping, hunting, fishing, and hiking to skiing, snowboarding, and rafting. Millions of people participate in outdoor recreation in each year and contribute $256 billion to the Western economy annually while supporting over 2.3 million jobs.(3)
Still, large tracts of public land are leased for oil, gas, and coal extraction, both accelerating the climate crisis and devastating the region’s extraordinary environment. Countering this trend by encouraging greater clean energy development on public lands, however, offers the opportunity to reduce US emissions while preserving this extraordinary natural environment for humans and wildlife. The need for action has never been clearer, with mountains experiencing below average snowpack since 2000 and peak snowmelt shifting weeks earlier over the past 30 years offering just one indicator of how the climate crisis is changing the region.(4) It’s time to bring energy development in the West into the twenty-first century to preserve not only our public lands but also the quality of life they support.
States in the West have lead the way towards a clean renewable future, with potential for more leadership in the years to come. After passing the country’s first voter-approved renewable portfolio standard in 2004, Colorado is well-positioned to implement the Clean Power Plan’s goal of reducing emissions by 38 percent from 2012 to 2030.(5) New Mexico — which currently can provide an estimated 1,000 times more electricity with renewables than the state’s Public Service Company needs — sends much of its wind energy to California.(6)
The momentum shows little sign of slowing. Continued innovation has made wind and solar competitive players in the Western energy market, with cheaper integration costs and higher savings for ratepayers.(7) At the same time, 2017 promises to be a breakthrough year for energy storage, with improving technology enabling clean energy providers to better meet market and consumer demands.
The results of these trends are especially clear in Colorado where annual home solar installations more than doubled between 2012 and 2014 to 42 megawatts while wind power grew from 1.5 percent to 13.6 percent of electricity generated in the state between 2005 and 2014.(8),(9) Additionally, Colorado’s renewable energy job market has been ranked one of the top 10 in the nation, having added over 11,000 jobs in the past decade – a number that continues to grow.(10),(11)
The West faces its own threats from the climate crisis — some of which are already being felt. Changing weather patterns have been linked to record-breaking and dangerous flood events in Colorado and beyond, damaging homes, destroying infrastructure, and costing communities billions of dollars. Climate change also threatens the loss of Western forests on an unprecedented scale and magnitude, as the threat of drought and bark-eating beetles continues to grow. As a result, the area hit by forest fires in the West has nearly doubled since 1984.(12) In the past six years, the record for costliest and most destructive wildfire in Colorado has been broken four times.(13)
Meanwhile, shorter, less reliable snow seasons are affecting winter recreation and water resources. From California to Colorado, worsening drought and water scarcity jeopardize water planning and can lead to water rights skirmishes. Reduced water availability also forces greater tradeoffs between competing water users – including agriculture, ecosystems, and urban areas – which could place particular strain on farmers and ranchers — a $24 billion industry in Colorado.(14) Transitioning away from water-intensive coal plants and fracking operations can help alleviate pressure on water demand and divert precious supply back to communities and the environment.
The investments of cities, counties, and communities in clean energy and climate-friendly economies will be more important than ever as we look to the future. Local officials, looking to bolster economic benefits and job creation, are committing to change. In 2016, Boulder, Colorado became the 17th US city to pledge to reach 100 percent renewable electricity, joining fellow Colorado city Aspen and Salt Lake City and Park City in Utah.(15) Albuquerque and Denver have been consistently ranked as some of the greenest cities in America due to energy efficiency policies and sustainability initiatives.(16) In addition to inspiring work from municipal leaders, businesses have stepped up to fight against the climate crisis, coming together to remove barriers to growth within the renewable energy sector.(17) Entrepreneurs and innovators in the West continue to provide new solutions to help former mining and fossil fuel communities diversify and adapt to the realities of the twenty-first century. The outdoor tourism industry has been recognized nationally for initiatives to curb greenhouse gas emissions and promote environmental stewardship.(18) These acts of leadership will be vital to ensuring that progress in the West continues in the years to come. Borrowing from Colorado’s official slogan, it’s time for the next generation of activists and problem solvers to “come to life” and cement the American West’s role as a climate leader of the twenty-first century.
Q. How do I apply to attend the upcoming Climate Reality Leadership Corps training?
A. Applications are now closed for the next training, taking place in the Philippines. Sign up for more information on future trainings.
Q. How can I stay updated on upcoming Climate Reality Leaderships Corps trainings?
A. If you are unable to join us in the Philippines, 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 given 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, lunch, light snacks, and all training materials.
Q. Do you offer scholarships?
A. Climate Reality typically offers a merit-base scholarship to 2-5 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 Philippines?
A. If you are coming from outside of the Philippines, it is your responsibility to determine whether or not you will need a visa and, if so, obtain the visa to travel to the Philippines to attend the training. Check with your local Philippines embassy or consulate to determine whether or not you will need a visa to visit the Philippines. 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 email@example.com
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.
Q. What are the ten activities that I have to complete and where and when must I complete them by?
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 through 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.
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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.
Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time. Join the citizen leaders with the courage and commitment to meet it.
When you speak, your friends and family members listen. Learn how to turn this respect into results and lead your community in working for climate solutions.
Climate Reality Leaders are spreading the word about the truth of climate change and the solutions we have today in over 100 countries, making a global challenge a personal issue for citizens on every continent.
WHO COMES TO A CLIMATE REALITY LEADER TRAINING?
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.
WHY YOU SHOULD COME
- 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
“This training provides the groundwork for sharing the facts and educating others about the climate crisis in a respectable, fun, digestible, and educational way. … It leaves you with a sense of hope.”
Jill MacIntyre Witt
“Wanting to make a difference is one thing. Knowing how and having the skills to really pull it off is another. That's why training to become a Climate Reality Leader was an inspiring moment for me.”
“What impressed me most about the training is that from word one, the emphasis was on human connections.”
“To me, Climate Leadership is about personal responsibility. In 20, 30 or 40 years I want to be able to look my kids and grandkids in the eye and say that I helped to make their world a better and safer place. There is nothing more important to our children’s futures then working to protect the climate system that they depend on.”