Gore in Seattle to train next batch of climate reality leaders
Former Vice President Al Gore will be in the Pacific Northwest next week to train hundreds of new climate reality leaders, a movement he's been building since his 2006 documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth."
Now, he's rolling out his next film, "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power," releasing to the public on July 28.
He'll be in Bellevue, Wash. the week of June 27-29 to lead the 35th of his Climate Reality Leadership Corps, featured in the new film. About 700 trainees will attend, from across the Pacific Northwest as well as across the U.S. and around the world.
The Climate Reality Project, the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit hosting the event, says they received about twice as many applications for the training but had to cap it for space constraints.
Gore has helped lead a few climate reality trainings per year since 2006, all over the U.S. and world. There are about 11,000 indivuduals on six continents and 136 countries who've been trained as climate leaders.
The topics at this year's event include: Climate change and health; understanding the changing political landscape; how to reach influencers; how to build a coalition; how to translate skills to action; and a special localized session on the Coal-Free Puget Sound Energy campaign, which is aiming to replace units at the Colstrip Power Station in Montana with 100-percent renewable sources of electricity.
Those presenting at this year's training include: Ken Berlin, president and chief executive officer of The Climate Reality Project; former Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury, who was trained in 2006 as a climate leader; and Washington Governor Jay Inslee.
New climate reality leaders have access to what's called a Reality Hub, which enables them to share resources and connect with each other.
Newly trained leaders are also encouraged to give presentations to their peers and communities, and have found that active engagement has been a way to breakthrough with people who express doubt or denial.
For more: climaterealityproject.org.