- 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.
Seattle Training Themes
Few places are as defined by extraordinary natural beauty and environmental passion as the Pacific Northwest. With the stakes of the climate crisis abundantly clear from every window and a flourishing community of citizen activists, the region has become a laboratory for climate solutions at every level and an epicenter of resistance to the fossil fuel agenda.
Now, as the US president and his administration work to roll back critical federal environmental protections across the board, the Northwest has become a symbol of hope for the nation with citizens joining forward-looking businesses and local and state leaders to fight for a sustainable future and accelerate the clean energy revolution.
In this pivotal time, the Climate Reality Leadership Corps Seattle Training will bring together activists from throughout the region, across the US, and around the world to draw a line in the sand and prepare for the fight ahead.
The training will explore key climate challenges in Washington, drawing on the lessons of recent history to inform how local action can move us closer to solving the climate crisis. Sessions will explore how climate is changing the West Coast, how citizens and businesses can accelerate the development of renewable energy sources, and how together we can stop the fossil fuel agenda in its tracks.
Waters of the West: From Snow to Sea
Nothing shapes the Northwest like water, from the region’s famous rainy days to the snow-capped Cascades to the wonders of the Olympic rainforest to the stunning Washington coast. And as the climate crisis transforms the water cycle, it’s also transforming the landscape.
Increasingly, rising temperatures mean winter precipitation is falling as rain instead of snow, leading to decreasing snowpack and shrinking reservoirs over the last few decades. Significantly reduced late spring and summer runoff and stream flow could also have devastating impacts for agriculture as well as indigenous communities, who rely on strong river flow to support culturally important species such as salmon and trout.
Changing rainfall, rising temperatures, and the potential for more extreme weather will also alter Washington’s iconic forests. The combined impacts of increasing wildfire, insect outbreaks, and tree diseases are already causing widespread tree die-off and are virtually certain to cause long-term transformation of forest landscapes.
Sea-level rise along the West Coast poses a major threat to human communities, natural environments, and cultural resources. The sea level could rise as much as 19 inches in Seattle by 2050. When paired with potentially stronger El Niño/La Niña events and more extreme weather, sea level rise could do major damage in the form of increased erosion and flooding.
Ocean acidification presents another major threat. As more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere enters the ocean, waters become increasingly acidic, doing great harm to marine environments and the coastal fisheries and aquaculture that depend on healthy ecosystems for survival. Particularly at risk is the Pacific Northwest shellfish industry, a $270 million enterprise that supports thousands of rural jobs. Additionally, warmer ocean temperatures caused by climate change could result in more frequent algal blooms of a harmful and deadly nature, such as the toxic algal bloom that shut down fisheries on the West Coast in 2015. To prevent further degradation, it is imperative that Washington and its neighbors take a stand against dirty fossil fuels and embrace a clean energy future.
Accelerating the Clean Energy Transition
The Northwest has taken bold steps to lead the transition to renewable energy. However, there is still much important work to be done. While Washington’s recent carbon tax initiative ended in defeat, discussions in the state’s legislature signal a readiness to revisit solutions and refocus efforts. Meanwhile, between two-thirds and four-fifths of electricity in Washington comes from hydropower, resulting in some of the most affordable electricity rates in the country. However, with the climate crisis threatening water resources, hydropower’s impacts on fish populations, and recent studies calling into question the carbon-neutrality of hydropower, it’s crucial that the region diversify its energy mix and economy by embracing alternate sources such as solar, wind, and others.
Perhaps the West Coast’s most important role in the fight to solve the climate crisis lies in limiting fossil fuel exports. Positioned between the sizable fossil fuel deposits of the interior US and Canada and the voracious energy markets in Asia and other markets abroad, Washington, and its neighbors have enormous influence in stemming the rising tide of North American coal, oil, and gas production. Indigenous communities and citizen activists—including some Climate Reality Leaders—have played a large part in recent grassroots victories resulting in the delay and cancellation of proposed coal export terminals and oil-by-rail facilities. It’s essential that we reinforce this “Thin Green Line” to keep dirty fossil fuels from reaching markets abroad and thus exacerbating the climate crisis.
Strengthening West Coast Leadership
Leadership from West Coast states and provinces is more important now than ever before. As the US federal government pushes to undo the Clean Power Plan and undermine US climate leadership abroad, it falls to states and local governments to step up and bear the standard. Governor Inslee, who made climate change a signature issue for his administration, has vowed to strengthen Washington climate action despite rollbacks in DC. With a state legislature lending its support to vital climate legislation, Washington can set the standard for effective and collective state climate action. Additionally, strong partnerships, such as the transnational Pacific Coast Collaborative, demonstrate a region-wide commitment to align climate strategies for real results, while providing a blueprint for other regions looking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, expand renewable energy, and create thousands of new green jobs.
At a time when US national action is stalled, cities and communities are driving ambitious local efforts to combat the crisis. Vancouver, Portland, and Seattle, have all developed comprehensive climate action plans. The Swinomish Indian Tribe of Washington released a climate action and implementation plan, just one example of how indigenous communities are stepping up to lead in the climate fight. More cities, counties, and municipalities must rise to the challenge to ensure that North American climate action continues to progress.
Last, it’s critical that leaders of industry and partners from the business community reinforce their commitment to a low carbon economy to protect prosperity. High-profile West Coast companies have added their voices to the hundreds of business leaders calling for stronger climate policy and investment in renewable energy. Through enhanced partnership and collaboration, climate activists along the West Coast can send a powerful message to the White House that the Pacific Northwest stands united in the fight to solve the climate crisis and will keep moving forward – with or without support from DC.
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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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.”
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“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.”