When Al Gore decided to train regular people to give versions of his talks on his behalf, he first started in the U.S. From September 2006 to April 2007, Mr. Gore held several training sessions south of the border, reaching an initial target of 1000 Americans, although 21 Canadians managed to be included. Impressed and overwhelmed with how many talks these Canucks were being asked to do across such a vast country, they managed to convince Mr. Gore to come to Montreal and train another 250 Canadians in April 2008.
As time has gone on, Mr. Gore’s training—through his organization the Climate Reality Project—has extended to all over the world, and now there are more than 6,000 people in every corner of the globe able to help educate the general public about the truth regarding greenhouse gas emissions, global warming and climate change. More than 7.3 million people have been to one of these talks, nearly 550,000 in Canada alone.
The Climate Reality Canada group continues to work hard to make sure Canadians know about this important issue. They’ve just released some videos explaining what they do. I’m proud to be one of the Canadian Climate Leaders, having received my training in San Francisco in August 2012. So far I’ve given more than a dozen talks, reaching more than 1,800 individuals. With another four already booked, I expect to surpass 2,000 in the coming months.
If you watch the first video, you’ll notice I’m conspicuously absent. What surprises some people (myself included) is that I’m actually part of the second video—the one in French! I guess my accent was deemed good enough to help out. (Chalk that up to four years growing up in Drummondville, Québec!) Check them out and see just what we do.
“This is truly a testament of what a committed group of concerned citizens can do when confronted with a challenge, even one as daunting as climate change.”
—Al Gore, referring to Climate Leaders having reached half a million Canadians through Climate Reality Canada presentations
I’m proud to be Canadian. I’m not always proud of everything Canada does (like develop tar sands in Alberta) but I will never lose my pride for what I consider the best country in the world.
So when this past Monday Climate Reality Canada reached the important milestone of 500,000 Canadians who have heard a presentation from one of its 450 Climate Reality leaders, I was prouder still. That’s a lot of work us Climate Reality leaders have been doing. Continue reading →
Here’s a great video from the Climate Reality Project which helps explain how fake science and propaganda are used by people who spin doubt in order to confuse the public for their own commercial benefit. It started with cigarettes, but the same technique has been used to raise doubt about the ozone hole, acid rain, and now global warming.
“Together we will solve this crisis and we will seize its opportunities.” —Al Gore
You don’t need to follow my blog to know that the weather outside is different than it used to be. Just look to your own region and chances are there are major changes from just a few decades ago. Record heat waves, floods and superstorms, severe droughts and wildfires: all are fast becoming the new normal worldwide. And it’s costing us economically, something that would normally encourage those who want market forces to drive change to act.
This extreme weather is now part of our reality. Al Gore and the Climate Reality Project are calling it “Dirty Weather.” And because of man-made climate change, we can expect to see more and more of it in the coming years.
It’s being called Dirty Weather because it’s being fuelled by Dirty Energy. Carbon pollution comes from burning coal, oil, and natural gas for our energy sources; they are the main contributors to the problem. And what’s the result of adding heat-trapping greenhouse gases to our atmosphere to the tune of 90 million tonnes a day, or 35 billion tonnes a year? Obviously the planet heats up. And we expose ourselves to all of the Dirty Weather that arises from warmer air masses capable of holding onto more moisture: floods, droughts, heat waves, wildfires and superstorms.
Bad weather is nothing new, although these once-in-a-lifetime storms happening on an annual basis suggest there’s something else going on than simply Mother Nature doing her usual thing. Bad weather is one thing; Dirty Weather is something altogether different. If we make the switch from dirty to clean energy, perhaps we can stop the pollution that’s disrupting our climate and go back to the old normal of living with bad weather rather than the new normal of Dirty Weather.
Last week was my training as a Climate Leader for the Climate Reality Project in San Francisco. I’m one of about a thousand new leaders trained by Al Gore to provide versions of his talk all around the world. This was Mr. Gore’s 21st training program that he’s provided. Fifty eight countries were represented, and Canada had a strong showing with 125 Canucks present.
In fact, the Canadian branch of The Climate Reality Project is a strong group in its own right. Currently, more than 475,000 Canadians have heard a Climate Reality talk, which works out to be about one in sixty five. The training was amazing, and if you followed my brief blogs last week, you got a flavour of what it was all about. Continue reading →