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Climate Reality Leadership Training - FAQs

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Q. HOW DO I APPLY TO ATTEND THE UPCOMING CLIMATE REALITY LEADERSHIP TRAINING?

A. The application to attend the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training is now open. Applications will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis. If you are accepted to attend the training, you will receive more information via email to confirm your spot.

Q. HOW MUCH DOES A TRAINING COST?

A. The Climate Reality Leadership Corps training is offered free of charge and The Climate Reality Project will provide some meals during the event. However, if selected to attend, you will need to arrange for your own travel, lodging, and meals that are not covered during the event.

Q. CAN MINORS ATTEND THE TRAINING?

A. You need to be at least 13 years of age if you live in the US–or 16 years of age if you live outside the US–to apply to the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training. If accepted to the training, any applicant under the age of 18 must be supervised and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Both the minor and their parent/guardian must apply and be accepted into the program in order for the minor to attend the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training.

Q. MY PARTNER OR FAMILY MEMBER WOULD LIKE TO TRAVEL WITH ME. CAN THEY ATTEND THE TRAINING?

A. Each person who would like to attend the training must apply and be accepted separately. Please know that attending both days in full is required in order to become a certified Climate Reality Leader.  Unfortunately, Climate Reality cannot provide any assistance with childcare.

Q. WHAT LANGUAGE WILL THIS TRAINING BE IN?

A. This training will be conducted in English. American Sign Language interpreting services will also be provided and Spanish simultaneous interpretation will be made available for some sessions. Habrá interpretación simultánea en español en algunas sesiones.

Q. CAN I ATTEND THE TRAINING IF I LIVE IN A DIFFERENT COUNTRY?

The Climate Reality Leadership Corps training will have a focus on climate issues specific to the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. However, the training is open to anyone interested in learning about the climate crisis. Those living outside the US must be at least 16 years of age, and any applicant under the age of 18 must be supervised and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Q. DO I NEED TO STAY FOR THE WHOLE TRAINING?

A. Anyone who is applying to the training must be able to commit to the full length of the training. Each part of the training plays an important role in your journey to becoming a fully trained Climate Reality Leader! You can expect the training to run from the afternoon of April 12 to the evening of April 14. Specific start and end times for each day will be sent to accepted and confirmed participants.

Q. WHAT IS THE ADDRESS OF THE TRAINING LOCATION AND WHERE SHOULD I STAY?

A. Training locations and accommodations vary by city. We’ll send an email with the address of the training location and accommodation recommendations to all accepted and confirmed participants so they can arrange and pay for their own travel and lodging.

Q: CAN I PARTICIPATE VIRTUALLY IF I CAN’T MAKE IT TO THE TRAINING LOCATION? 

A: Unfortunately, we are not offering a virtual option for this training. We host both in person and virtual trainings each year. Sign up for our email updates to receive information on future trainings as it is announced. 

Q. What is the climate reality leadership CORPS?

A. By attending this training with our founder and chairman, former US Vice President Al Gore, you will become a member of our Climate Reality Leadership Corps and join nearly 50,000 advocates from 190 countries who are fighting to solve the climate crisis. Climate Reality Leaders inspire action on practical climate solutions and fight for a sustainable, just, and equitable future.

Q. WHAT IS A CLIMATE REALITY CHAPTER?

A. A Climate Reality chapter is a democratically led, local group of climate activists and community leaders within the United States that share Climate Reality’s mission of advocating for action to combat the climate crisis and supporting the transition to a clean energy economy. Chapters enable members to network with fellow leaders; recruit additional volunteers; take action at the local, state, and federal levels; and become a powerful force for climate action in their communities. You can learn more about chapters and find one to join near you here.

Q. WHAT IS A CLIMATE ACTION?

A. Climate actions are any actions you take to help address the climate crisis.  We encourage and support all kinds of climate action and focus our global campaign work around four topics that we feel are particularly important this century to slashing emissions and leading a just transition to clean energy. These four campaign areas are:

  • Reducing Emissions
  • Reforming Global Climate Finance
  • Combatting Greenwashing
  • Strengthening International Cooperation on Climate


If we transition away from fossil fuels and towards clean energy solutions, we can mitigate catastrophic climate change and ensure a safer, healthier, and happier life for communities around the world. The Climate Reality Project will help you get started in climate advocacy opportunities that help build the political will to drive change through education, mobilization, and organizing.  

Q. AREN’T WE PRODUCING ADDITIONAL CO2 IN THE ATMOSPHERE BY FLYING OUT TO THE TRAINING?

A. As an international organization committed to fighting the climate crisis on a global scale, Climate Reality holds trainings in many different locations around the world so people everywhere can join us in working to solve the climate crisis. Climate Reality is aware that the trainings may be distant from some attendees’ homes and that event-related air travel is a contributor to carbon 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 that 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.

Q: WHO CAN I CONTACT FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT ACCESSIBILITY AT THE TRAINING?

A: The Climate Reality Project strives to make our trainings accessible to all. Please contact  accessibility@climatereality.com  with any questions around accessibility at the training.

Q. HOW CAN I STAY UPDATED ON THE NEXT CLIMATE REALITY LEADERSHIP TRAINING?

A. Sign up for email updates about our upcoming trainings.

Do you have a question that is not addressed here? Please contact us at training@climatereality.com and we will respond as soon as possible.