“I don’t really consider this a political issue, I consider it to be a moral issue.”
Many people do their best to educate the public about global warming and climate change. Some are famous (David Suzuki is Canada’s best-known example), and some aren’t so well known (like me). But every one of us is doing his or her part to make sure that people are aware of the facts and not just the ideologies attached to this very important issue for our planet.
One group hard at work in this regard consists of those connected to The Climate Reality Project. Founded by Nobel Laureate and former US Vice President Al Gore, it now has more than five million members worldwide. From its website, it points out its simple mission: “The climate crisis is real and we know how to solve it.”
All told, the organization has over four thousand dedicated volunteers who have been personally trained by Mr. Gore “to educate the public about the science and impacts of climate change as well as solutions to address the climate crisis.” So far, 7.3 million people have heard talks through this non-profit organization from the 4,000 dedicated volunteers who have been personally trained by Mr. Gore to deliver these presentations.
The Canadian segment of this organization is known as The Climate Reality Project Canada. Their particular mission is as follows:
- Train a diverse range of citizens from numerous geographic regions and walks of life, who will then communicate to the public about the urgency and impact of climate change.
- Engage the public through presentations, news media and individual conversations as well as grassroots advocacy and activism so that they will make informed choices about public policy matters related to climate change.
- Promote personal, local, domestic and international initiatives to solve the climate crisis.
Between 2006 and 2007, Mr. Gore met an initial goal of training about 1,000 Americans (and 21 Canadians thrown in for good measure!) to go out and give an adapted version of his talk which which was the basis of the Oscar-winning film titled “An Inconvenient Truth.” In May 2007, five of those Canadians from the initial training session formed The Climate Reality Project Canada and it has been growing strong ever since.
Their first goal was to bring Mr. Gore to Canada specifically to train Canadians. This happened in April 2008 when Mr. Gore came to Montreal to train the first 250 Canucks. David Suzuki—well known for his long-standing commitment to the environment and global warming—was also on hand to help with the education for that initial training session.
Those who are trained are asked to commit to giving ten climate talks within the first year of their training. To date, 440,000 Canadians have participated in Climate Reality Project presentations.
If any of you have followed my blog for any length of time, you might anticipate that I would love to be part of such an organization and its efforts, since we’re definitely on the same page. And you’d be absolutely right. Which is why I’m very happy to let you know that on August 21-23, I’ll be in San Francisco gaining this valuable training from Mr. Gore and other Climate Reality Project staff.
I’ll be one of about a thousand new trainees, so I don’t expect there will be much opportunity to hang out with Al and shoot the breeze about all things climatic, but I feel very fortunate that my efforts to help educate the public have been recognized, and that I’ll be able to continue these efforts in a new and different platform, hopefully one that is on a much larger personal scale than those I have experienced so far.