Washington, DC (February 5, 2019) – Former U.S. Vice President and Climate Reality Chairman Al Gore will be in San Antonio from April 14-16 to train several hundred local activists to raise awareness of the climate crisis and organize their communities for action. This three-day Climate Reality Leadership Corps training is the 45th such event that Vice President Gore and The Climate Reality Project have hosted in communities around the world. Participants from the training will join a global network of more than 21,000 activists from 152 countries helping build a diverse, equitable, and inclusive movement for climate solutions.
At the San Antonio training, attendees will not only learn the practical tools, knowledge, and networks to mobilize communities and catalyze real climate solutions, but will also explore the climate challenges facing Texas and the solutions that exist there. As part of the training, participants will also learn how to give an up-to-date version of the presentation made famous in the Academy Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth.
“This is a pivotal year for climate action, and we need every voice speaking out together and demanding that our leaders act on climate,” said Vice President Gore. “Regardless of background or political leaning, we all benefit from a global transition to clean energy. I am looking forward to traveling to Texas to meet some of the passionate activists working to build an inclusive clean energy future.”
This year comes on the heels of the second-warmest year on record. Unless greenhouse gas emissions are cut in half by 2030, deadly heat waves, extreme drought, raging wildfires, and damage from increasingly powerful storms could become the new normal. Texans are already experiencing these effects firsthand: from a crippling drought that cost the agricultural sector billions of dollars to record rainfalls that prompt deadly flash floods to some of the highest temperatures in the country.
Despite these impacts, Texas also represents great promise when it comes to straightforward climate solutions. Texas is the largest producer of wind power in the United States, accounting for about one-quarter of the national total. In 2020, the state is projected to get more of its electricity from wind than coal. Texas also ranks fourth in the country in solar potential, and the solar industry there is growing, with new large-scale solar projects coming online – even as recently as December 2019. All of this progress on renewables also represents huge potential for job growth in the clean energy economy.
Texas is also home to a dedicated group of Climate Reality Leaders working with other activists through Climate Reality chapters to bring practical solutions to their communities. These include the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter, which is pushing a campaign to bring solar power to local public schools.
The training will include sessions on how activists can build on this success through grassroots organizing, using digital advocacy tools to move public opinion, and communicating about the urgency of the climate crisis and the abundant solutions in our hands today with diverse audiences throughout their communities.
Along with the San Antonio training, Climate Reality is hosting an upcoming training in Las Vegas March 8-10. Additional trainings will also take place this year in Raleigh, North Carolina; Detroit, Michigan; and Orlando, Florida.
Previous Climate Reality Leadership Corps trainings have been held in Tokyo, Japan; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Brisbane, Australia; Atlanta, Georgia; Los Angeles, California; Berlin, Germany; Mexico City, Mexico; Manila, Philippines; Miami, Florida; Toronto, Canada; New Delhi, India; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Climate Reality also has 10 global branch programs and approximately 140 local chapters throughout the United States. To learn more about Climate Reality Leadership Corps trainings, visit https://www.climaterealityproject.org/training.
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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.