- 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.
Ngiste Abebe is an international development professional focusing on political transitions in countries emerging from conflict. She was formally a national security fellow with the Truman Project, working to promote a progressive national security agenda. Abebe is a co-author of Bidding for Development, which examines how cities can benefit from the Olympic bid process. As a graduate of the University of Chicago, Abebe continues to live the life of the mind as the communications chair for the board of the University of Chicago Alumni Club in Washington, DC. After focusing on theory in her early education, Abebe sought out the eminently practical and applied to Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College for a master’s degree in public policy and management.
As Climate Reality’s senior US campaigns organizer, Jillian Adams develops campaigns and actions that allow the organization’s supporters and volunteers to make a difference. Originally from south central Pennsylvania, she grew up with a healthy appreciation for the rivers and mountains of Appalachia. Studying public health at Johns Hopkins University, Adams explored the population-level impact of policy decisions and continued to find connections between individuals, communities, and policy while pursuing her master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to joining The Climate Reality Project, she built community power in Missouri through legislative and electoral campaigns as an organizer with Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis region. A believer in civic participation and the power of communities, she is excited to continue connecting citizens with empowering ways to advocate for the world they want to inhabit.
Maddie Adkins grew up knowing the climate crisis was a major issue (her parents showed her An Inconvenient Truth when she was 7 years old), so she never understood why there wasn't more government action to stop climate change and struggled with what she could do to tackle such a big issue. When Adkins was 17, she discovered the world of public policy and knew she had found her passion. She worked with her mayor and city council on a climate change resolution, and has since given speeches at schools and universities to educate young people about climate change and their power as citizens. Adkins now works at iMatter, an international youth-led climate organization that focuses on helping young people discover who they are, take location action, and get their stories into the world.
Olena Alec is the director of Climate Reality Leadership Corps Engagement. She is originally from Maui and has a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Southern California, and a master’s degree in environmental science and policy from Columbia University. Alec also served in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua, working with her community on issues of environmental protection and teaching sustainability. She has worked for various nonprofit organizations within the environmental education world. Prior to joining The Climate Reality Project, she was working in New York City to connect teachers and administrators to resources and partners to further their sustainability goals. Alec loves working with Climate Reality Leaders to build and support a network of motivated activists to further the conversation on climate change and inspire action.
Dr. Bruce Bekkar's climate passion comes from a deep bond with the coast in Southern California, but even more from an understanding of health learned from his career as a physician. Over the last 10 years, Dr. Bekkar’s activism has included taking leadership roles in his city’s sustainability, designing review boards, and serving on the community’s sea level rise advisory committee. He is the spokesperson for Surfrider San Diego’s coastal climate action program. He represents public health for the City of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan Working Group, and has twice traveled to the state capitol with the American Lung Association to testify on behalf of health-related climate legislation. Along with Susan Pacheco, MD, he co-leads the Health Community Group on Reality Hub, posting articles and blogs promoting the connection between climate and health. He is continuously learning how to motivate people to take action on the climate crisis — the greatest threat that humanity is facing and one that we can solve if we work together.
Belinda Chin works for the City of Seattle Parks & Recreation Department as the recreation program coordinator for sustainable operations, overseeing the Good Food Program. The Good Food Program serves youth and adults through 135 community center programs, and involves more than one million square feet of gardens and orchards. She has served in a variety of positions in parks & recreation, most recently as an education program supervisor with the Environmental Education and Outdoor Learning Unit. In 2014, Chin was featured in the November-December edition of WA Trails Association magazine as a NW Explorer. Prior to parks & recreation, she was a science teacher with the Seattle School District, an educator for Seattle City Light, and an education consultant for City of Renton. Chin also served as a National Park Service ranger. She is a deeply committed environmental justice advocate. An alumni of the City of Seattle's Race & Social Justice Core Team, Chin is the co-founder of the Seattle chapter of the Environmental Professionals of Color Network.
Dr. Kristie L. Ebi is the Rohm & Haas Endowed Professorship in Public Health Sciences and has been conducting research and practice on the health risks of climate variability and change for 20 years. Her research focuses on the impacts of and adaptation to climate variability and change, including on extreme events, thermal stress, foodborne safety and security, and vector-borne diseases. She has supported multiple countries in Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific in assessing their vulnerability and implementing adaptation measures, in collaboration with WHO, UNDP, USAID, and others. Dr. Ebi is co-chair with Tom Kram (PBL, The Netherlands) of the International Committee On New Integrated Climate Change Assessment Scenarios (ICONICS), facilitating development of new climate change scenarios. Her scientific training includes a Master of Science in toxicology and a Ph.D. and a Master of Public Health in epidemiology, and two years of postgraduate research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has edited fours books on aspects of climate change and has more than 180 publications.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Brian Ettling has dreamed of trying to save the world since he was a child. After graduating from college with a degree in business administration in 1992, he traveled to the Pacific Northwest for a summer job at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. He’s been returning as a summer park ranger ever since. Ettling spent the winters of 1992-2008 as a ranger at Everglades National Park in Florida, where he first learned about climate change after discovering the severity of sea level rise along the mangrove coastline. Empowered by his ability to speak to diverse audiences, Ettling channeled his skill and passion into giving presentations and educating others about the urgency of the climate crisis. An active member with Citizens Climate Lobby, he is a regular presenter with Toastmasters and still gives ranger talks at Crater Lake.
Anna Fahey is director of strategic communication at Sightline Institute, a public policy think tank in Seattle. Fahey develops research-based strategies for sustainability storytelling and shares resources for translating jargon and policy-speak into plain language and values-based messages. Her talking points memos (Flashcards), messaging workshops, and blog posts tackle tricky topics like climate change, taxes, and the role of government. Fahey has a BA from Smith College and an MA in political communication from the University of Washington. A fourth generation Seattleite, she grew up birdwatching, beachcombing, and working on her parents’ commercial fishing boats. Find Fahey’s latest research at www.sightline.org and follow her on Twitter at @afahey.
Dr. Howard Frumkin is professor of environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Washington School of Public Health. From 2005-2010, he held leadership roles at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, first as director of the National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR), and later as special assistant to the CDC director for Climate Change and Health. Dr. Frumkin currently serves on the boards of the Bullitt Foundation, the Children and Nature Network, the Seattle Parks Foundation, and the Washington Global Health Alliance. As a member of EPA’s Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee, he chaired the Smart Growth and Climate Change work groups. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Brown University, Doctor of Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania, and Master of Public Health and Doctor of Public Health from Harvard University. His internal medicine training was undertaken at the hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Cambridge Hospital, and his environmental and occupational medicine training was done at Harvard.
Jay Inslee is a fifth-generation Washingtonian and grew up in the Seattle area. Gov. Inslee was elected to Congress to serve the 1st and later the 4th Washington congressional districts until 2012. During his time in Congress, he co-wrote a book, Apollo's Fire: Igniting America's Clean-Energy Economy, about the job-creating potential of the clean tech industry. First elected governor in 2012 and reelected in 2016, Gov. Inslee has made climate change and clean energy a top priority for his administration. In April 2014, he signed Executive Order 14-04 outlining a series of next steps to reduce carbon pollution in Washington State and improve energy independence through use of clean energy. Last year, he directed the state Department of Ecology to develop a clean air rule to cap carbon emissions to continue to reduce pollution in Washington.
Jay Julius is a council member with the Lummi Indian Business Council (LIBC). In this role, he was appointed the first leader of Xwe’chi eXen Operational Team that is responsible for protecting Xwe’chi’eXen (Cherry Point) and the surrounding lands and waters. Julius has served on the council for six years. During his first three-year term as a member of the LIBC, his peers twice elected him to the office of the secretary of the LIBC. To contact Julius, please email JermeiahJ@lummi-nsn.gov.
Washington Environmental Council (WEC) is a nonprofit, statewide advocacy organization that has been driving positive change to solve Washington’s most critical environmental challenges since 1967. Becky Kelley oversees WEC’s program work advancing clean energy and fighting climate change, preventing new fossil fuel infrastructure, restoring Puget Sound, and advocating sustainable management for Washington’s 10 million acres of state and private forests. In over 20 years at WEC, she has led numerous successful campaigns on issues including climate and clean energy, forestry, and green building. Kelley has played a leadership role in building broad coalitions for action on climate change and developing an equitable clean energy economy in Washington. She serves on the board of the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy, co-chairs the Alliance Steering Committee, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Washington State Blue-Green Alliance. Kelley has a bachelor's degree in international studies from the University of Oregon and is a graduate of Leadership Tomorrow and the Center for Diversity and the Environment’s Leadership 2042 program.
Jessica Koski is an associate organizing representative for the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign and main organizer for the Carbon-Free PSE initiative. She completed a PhD in sociology in June 2015 at Northwestern University, where she focused on the use of human rights law in climate change activism. She first joined the Sierra Club as a volunteer in 2014, campaigning for Illinois' clean energy future. A love affair with the mountains brought Koski to Seattle in June 2015. She enthusiastically joined the Carbon-Free PSE campaign shortly thereafter, and is extremely excited and grateful to be a part of the movement for a just transition to a carbon-free grid.
Ken Lans practiced medicine as a general practitioner for eight years, before going to work as the communications manager and magazine editor of The Mountaineers, a 15,000 member non-profit, conservation and outdoor activity organization based in Seattle. In 1978, about two months before the Three-Mile Island nuclear accident, he co-founded the Arbor Alliance in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a non-profit that educated on concerns about nuclear power and promoted alternative energies. After moving to Seattle in 1979, he co-founded Citizens for a Solar Washington, an organization that worked on alternative energy legislation, bringing together grassroots organizations from around the state involved in promoting alternative energy use. He also co-founded the Washington (Seattle area) chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, an organization of doctors dedicated to educating the public and world leaders about the medical consequences of nuclear war. He served as vice president of the chapter and on the national board of directors and house of delegates for six years.
Jaime Nack is the president of Three Squares Inc., a cutting-edge sustainability consulting firm specializing in developing comprehensive sustainability plans for corporate, government, and nonprofit entities. Nack also founded One Drop Interactive – an employee engagement platform maximizing sustainability management and cost savings. She has a master’s in public policy from UCLA, where she also earned her bachelor’s in international economics with a minor in urban planning. She serves as a Climate Reality Leader and as a federal appointee to the National Women’s Business Council. Nack was named the 2013 Environmental Conservator of the Year by the US SBA. She was also named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Kunoor Ojha is a political organizer who was born and raised in Illinois. She has a background in candidate and issue-campaigns at the state and federal level. Ojha was Hillary for America's campus and student organizing director, acting a guide to youth vote directors in 13 battleground states, assisting in planning, creating resources for national distribution, and acting as an advocate for state teams. She worked in a similar capacity for Bernie Sanders as Bernie 2016's national campus director, writing statewide voter registration plans and student organizing plans for primary and caucuses nationwide after creating the Bernie 2016 New Hampshire Campus Program. Her work in the 2016 election cycle took her to 15 different states. Previously, she led field efforts on a congressional campaign in NJ and worked for an effort to pass an anti-gerrymandering amendment in Illinois. Ojha cut her teeth in organizing as a grassroots feminist organizer at a majority-male university, eventually going on to organize for Obama for America 2012. Early in April 2017, she joined the team at Indivisible as an organizing manager, where her work covers most of the West, Midwest, and the South.
Dr. Henry Pollack is a professor emeritus of geophysics at the University of Michigan, where he served as chairman of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and associate dean for research in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. He has taught at every level of the curriculum, from introductory courses for non-scientists to advanced graduate seminars. His recent research focuses on the record of climate change as recorded by temperatures in the rocks beneath the Earth's surface. Dr. Pollack has served on many advisory panels for the National Sciences Foundation, testified before the National Academy of Science and US Senate committees, and provided briefings about climate change to Congress and the White House. He is published widely in scientific journals, is a science advisor to The Climate Reality Project, and was a contributing author to the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report.
Steve Richard is the founder and former president of Sustainable Lafayette, a grassroots sustainability non-profit offering a wide array of programs for the local community. Projects include community recycling campaigns, community education opportunities, film screenings, events, greening schools, promoting biking and green transportation, community gardening and other activities. Prior to his advocacy for community-led sustainability, Steve was the founder of a VC-funded software company after many years as a product marketing executive in Silicon Valley working for Hewlett-Packard, Lotus, Netscape, and various startups. Steve has been a leading member of the Northern California Regional Group, and works alongside fellow Climate Reality Leader Wei-Tai Kwok to organize “presentation bootcamps” for their peers in the Bay area. Most recently, Steve has been working on creating a customizable, 30-minute starter presentation from Mr. Gore’s slides, specifically to share with novice Climate Reality Leaders who are beginning to get familiarized with the content.
Jonathan Scott is co-founder of Scott Brothers Entertainment and Scott Living. He and his twin brother, Drew, star in multiple HGTV series seen in over 150 countries by millions of fans. Born and raised in Canada, Scott’s love of all things entrepreneurial began at age seven when he and Drew started their first business. He originally attended the University of Calgary for business, eventually transferring to Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and the Home Builders Institute of Alberta where he studied construction and design. Early in 2013, they expanded their brand and reach with the creation of Scott Living, which includes extensive indoor and outdoor furniture lines as well as home décor collections available at multiple national retailers. In December of 2016, Scott co-hosted 24 Hours of Reality with former Vice President Al Gore, which brought in more than 100 million views globally. As a longtime advocate for environmental responsibility and renewable energy, it was a monumental achievement for Scott and a perfect complement to the documentary series he has written and produced about solar and the energy landscape in North America. Based in Las Vegas, Scott enjoys exotic travel, performing magic, and spending time with his girlfriend and dogs, Stewie and Gracie. He is passionate about the many charitable organizations he works with, including World Vision, Habitat for Humanity, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Growing up outdoors in the Pacific Northwest, Nancy Shimeall has always felt deeply connected to the forests, native wildlife, and the Salish Sea. As an elementary educator teaching about the region's indigenous people and environment, she loves connecting young people to their role in protecting and preserving nature. She became involved in the Sierra Club’s Coal-Free PSE campaign to help retire Puget Sound Energy’s dirty coal plants about a year ago and helps to lead the Coal Task Force, a group of volunteers working to push PSE to make the switch to renewables. Since being trained in 2016, Shimeall has become a full-time volunteer activist with many groups and causes. In addition to her work on the Coal-Free PSE campaign, she has supported the water protectors at Standing Rock, fasted on the steps of the state capitol for the Climate Kids and Clean Air Rule, joined with 350 Seattle at Break Free, and campaigned for Citizen's Climate Lobby carbon-fee initiative. She is a member of Washington Environmental Women's Alliance, a hub for local legislative action and information.
Dr. Amy Snover connects science and decision-making to tackle today’s pressing environmental challenges, as assistant dean for applied research in the University of Washington’s College of the Environment, director of the UW Climate Impacts Group, and affiliate associate professor in the UW School of Marine and Environmental Affairs. She leads the Climate Impacts Group’s efforts to provide the fundamental scientific understanding, data, tools, and guidance necessary for managing the climate risks facing the people, communities, and ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest. She works with a broad range of stakeholders to develop guidance for science-based climate risk management, identify research priorities, and evaluate response alternatives. Dr. Snover was recognized as a White House Champion of Change for Climate Education and Literacy in 2015, and served as co-convening lead author for the Third US National Climate Assessment and lead author of the groundbreaking 2007 guidebook, Preparing for Climate Change: A Guidebook for Local, Regional, and State Governments. Current areas of research include defining successful climate change adaptation, exploring the role of cities in climate resilience and identifying the time of emergence of management-relevant aspects of climate change. Dr. Snover has a BA in chemistry from Carleton College and a PhD in analytical/environmental chemistry from the University of Washington.
Laura Tucker has worked in science education her entire career. Initially training as a wildlife biologist, she went on to found a non-profit summer camp and resident outdoor school that served 60,000 students focused on environmental education. In 1992, Tucker became the professional development coordinator for Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS), a nationally acclaimed resource for activity-based science and mathematics at UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science. Currently, she wears two hats: one as the waste reduction outreach coordinator for Jefferson County Public Health, and another as a consultant providing custom professional development for formal and informal educational programs in hands-on, inquiry-based environmental and STEM education. Tucker was trained as a Climate Reality Leader in 2012. She attended COP21, connecting students in her small town of Port Townsend, Washington to young adults working in climate science and activism through live video interviews. She serves on Jefferson County’s Climate Action Committee and Local 20/20’s Climate Outreach Group. She mentors a wonderful student-led group, Students for Sustainability, in Port Townsend.
Jill MacIntyre Witt has made it her lifelong passion to connect others to the natural world and to care for and protect our planet. She just completed a Master in Environmental Studies at Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment. Her master’s project is a climate justice field manual, where she documents social movement building strategies, effective climate communication tips, and gives a detailed account of incorporating climate justice into the ways we address the climate crisis. The manual can be downloaded at climatejusticenow.earth. MacIntyre Witt also works at Western Washington University as a physical education instructor and Peace Corps campus representative. She serves as the faculty advisor for the Students for Renewable Energy club, which works on the Divest Western Now campaign. In addition to her own accomplishments as a Climate Reality Leader, MacIntyre Witt helps organize the Pacific Northwest Regional Group of fellow leaders and volunteers with 350 Bellingham. She credits her two daughters as her source of motivation, saying, “I don’t want them asking me why I didn’t do anything about climate change when I had the chance.”
Born and raised in Seattle, Ken Workman is the fourth generation great-grandson of Chief Seattle. In his native language (Lushootseed) “Workman” translates into “Ya’yusTu’bsh.” He is a Duwamish Tribe council member and president of Duwamish Tribal Services, a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Workman sits on both Duwamish tribal services and Duwamish River cleanup coalition, as well as Southwest Seattle Historical Society in a technical advisory role. A retired systems/data analyst at Boeing, his hobbies include native language, computer programming, motor racing, and data analytics.
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.
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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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