Washington, DC (May 18, 2018) – The Climate Reality Project announced today that it will hold the largest-ever Climate Reality Leadership Corps activist training in Los Angeles, California from August 28-30.
Applications are now open for the training – Climate Reality’s 39th – where former US Vice President and Climate Reality Chairman Al Gore will join world-class scientists, communicators, and climate experts over the course of three days to train the next class of Climate Reality Leaders, a group of committed activists taking action to address the climate crisis.
California has been at the forefront of the climate fight for decades. More recently the state has been a vocal opponent of the Trump Administration’s policies affecting the climate, challenging the government’s recent attempt to roll back fuel economy standards among other efforts. The state also continues to work in partnership with neighboring states, Canada, and Mexico to advance climate action regionally and across North America. The training comes just ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit, an event convened by Governor Jerry Brown that will bring together state and local leaders, businesses, scientists, nonprofit organizations, and activists from around the world committed to supporting the goals of the Paris Agreement.
“California has been a driving force in our fight to solve the climate crisis, proving that state and local leadership are both effective and necessary, especially when the federal government has abdicated leadership,” said Al Gore. “If the Trump Administration won’t lead on climate, the American people have proven they will, and everyday activists will continue to play a critical role in making more aggressive climate action a reality in their communities. I’m thrilled to be bringing the Climate Reality Leadership Corps to Los Angeles and look forward to meeting the inspiring individuals working towards a better future for all of us.”
Without concerted climate action from the rest of the country and the world, the impacts of climate change – expansive wildfires, debilitating drought, and deadly heat waves – will only worsen in California, disproportionately affecting the frontline communities living throughout the state. Studies show the climate crisis puts an undue burden on low-income and minority populations, who frequently experience the brunt of dangerous climate impacts like heat waves. Over the course of the training, trainees will have the opportunity to explore issues related to environmental justice and learn about the crisis’ outsized impact on historically marginalized groups.
The training’s wide-ranging sessions will explore how participants can raise public awareness of the climate crisis, build support for the practical solutions available today, and strengthen climate action efforts in their communities. Participants will also learn how to give the presentation made famous by the Oscar-winning film An Inconvenient Truth and seen in the 2017 follow-up film An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. Attendees will explore the latest climate science, breakthroughs in solutions, and communications skills for twenty-first century activism.
The Climate Reality Project’s Los Angeles Training is made possible by the generous support of Climate Reality Board Member Cindy Harrell-Horn and Alan Horn.
Climate Reality has trained nearly 14,500 activists from 141 countries and will train additional activists at June’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps training in Berlin, Germany. Recent trainings have been held in Mexico City, Mexico; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Seattle, Washington; Denver, Colorado; Shenzhen, China; Manila, Philippines; Miami, Florida; Toronto, Canada; New Delhi, India; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Climate Reality also has 10 global branch offices and local chapters throughout the United States.
To learn more about the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training in Los Angeles and to apply, visit https://www.climaterealityproject.org/training.
Interested participants can direct questions about the training to firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-567-6800.
ABOUT THE CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT
Founded by Nobel Laureate and former US Vice President Al Gore, The Climate Reality Project is working to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society. With a global movement more than 5 million strong and a grassroots network of trained Climate Reality Leader activists, we are spreading the truth about the climate crisis and building popular support for clean energy solutions. For more information, visit www.climaterealityproject.org or follow us on Twitter at @ClimateReality.