Climate Reality Leadership Training - Brazil
Organized by: Rebekah Morris
EVENT DATE Oct 31, 2014
Recently I was accepted into the Climate Reality Leadership Training Corps, the training arm of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project. For those of you who don’t know what that organization is – it’s a training program that “takes great leaders and makes them exceptional, providing the training in climate science, communications, and organizing to tell the story of climate change and inspire communities everywhere to take action.”
The organization has been instrumental in educating communities to have a voice in shifting policies around dirty fossil fuels, clean energy and carbon emissions regulations. They are leaders in building the conversation about climate change.
So the Climate Reality Project was started to give tools to individuals such as myself to be the change I want to see in this world.
This training is free, but it takes place in Rio de Janiero and I have to cover my flight, lodging, visas and food. That’s why I’m writing you for support. Some people run marathons or ride bikes to raise money for causes they care about. My approach is a little different, but I hope you’ll find that it’s a worthwhile cause.
Every day I get up and go to work at a non-profit in the field of energy efficiency and the clean energy economy. I work with industrial businesses and help them work to become better energy consumers. This work has many positive impacts on our New York City community and the larger global community – but above all else – the greatest impact is the reduction of their carbon footprint. This means I get to fight climate change in a very real, yet small way every day.
However, If we really want to change the future we face, it requires so much more than just myself and my colleagues. It requires doctors and accountants and teachers and restaurant owners and truck drivers understanding that climate issues are connected to all of us and we all can have a positive impact on tackling these challenges. Even when it doesn’t immediately seem obvious as to how.
Being able to attend this training will help me learn how to teach my friends, family, and community to think bigger – to see their impact and realize that it doesn’t have to be so large a problem that it’s impossible to fight or do nothing about. I am inspired in my own life, but I can’t speak the science to the larger outside world and help make the macro seem more manageable. By attending, I will learn the communication and organizing skills that can help truly engage others. I will be taught by Al Gore and world class scientists at the forefront of climate science.
When the training ends, I then commit to 10 presentations to groups of people or individuals who want to learn. I already have many ideas for who these groups are, but first and foremost – I will come and speak with you, or your neighbors, your church or your workplace about climate change and how it affects your community and how you can make a difference.
I love my planet. I love my city. Above all else, I love my community, my friends and family and colleagues and all their future babies. I am committed to helping fight climate change because I want to save this beautiful place we all call home.
Can you help me get to Brazil?