Tokyo / Washington, DC (August 20, 2019) - Today, The Climate Reality Project announced that former US Vice President Al Gore will host the 43rd Climate Reality Leadership Community training in Tokyo, Japan on October 2-3, 2019. Applications are now open for the event, which will mark Climate Reality’s first-ever Climate Reality Leadership Community training in Japan.
Over the course of two days, participants will learn directly from Climate Reality Chairman Al Gore and field-leading experts about strategies for strengthening collective action on the climate crisis. The training will feature presentations, panel discussions, and skill-building workshops focusing on the science of the climate crisis, ways for citizens and groups to communicate key climate-related concepts and issues to various stakeholders, and how citizens can support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“The climate crisis is the most urgent challenge humanity has ever faced and requires everyone from across society – government officials, business leaders, and citizens – to work together to support and implement solutions,” said Al Gore. “I’m thrilled to be bringing the Climate Reality Leadership Community to Japan to engage with a new group of changemakers committed to solving this crisis.” Like so many nations around the world, Japan is already experiencing the dangerous reality of a changing climate. Rising temperatures have fueled deadly heatwaves and stronger typhoons that claimed the lives of Japanese citizens and pose a significant threat to the economy, with the country’s infrastructure and agricultural sector in particular danger.
The good news is that Japan is poised to reduce emissions to protect its people and society from this crisis. Japan is already demonstrating its ability to leave fossil fuels behind and transition to a clean energy economy. Major companies, corporations, and investors have recognized that responding to the climate crisis is good for business and are moving capital to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investments that benefit society at large and help accelerate achievement of the United Nations SDGs. Businesses in particular are using their influence and impact to develop innovative solutions, while also helping to build the political will and public support for change. However, despite this incredible progress, more must be done in Japan to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions driving the climate crisis. As other countries transition away from fossil fuels, Japan’s planned development of new coal-fired power plants at home and abroad threatens the nation’s Japan’s standing as a global innovator and wise investor. The training will examine how citizens, business leaders, and government officials can work together to bring about the positive economic and social outcomes of a clean energy economy and ensure that Japan does not get left behind in the global energy transition.
Climate Reality has trained more than 20,000 individuals from 154 countries. Recent trainings have been held in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota; Brisbane, Australia; Atlanta, Georgia; Los Angeles, California; Berlin, Germany; Mexico City, Mexico; Shenzhen, China; Manila, Philippines; 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 Community training in Tokyo and to apply before the deadline, https://www.climaterealityproject.org/apply/tokyo.
Additional information about The Climate Reality Project can also be found here.
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.
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