Rising temperatures across the globe, increasing intensity of storms, drought conditions proliferating, rising sea levels—the evidence of global climate change is clear for all to see. The good news, though, is that the global community is not content to merely read the statistics. They have geared up for action. An example is the Climate Reality Project, founded by former Vice President Al Gore in 2006.
The Climate Reality Project is a group of impassioned individuals from across the globe and every walk of life who believe that climate change is the most pressing problem facing the world today. Members of the Project include politicians, educators, storytellers, business owners, and community activists, who are combining their energies and resources to create a world-wide awakening, a call to action to save the planet for the generations to come. Former VP Al Gore serves as Chairman of the Project.
The Project promotes the use of alternative energy sources, such as wind, solar and biofuels as an easy and affordable way to reduce harmful carbon emissions. Uniting advocates, activists, educators, and ordinary citizens of the world, it strives to change the paradigm of thinking and behavior across all spectrums of life.The Climate Reality Project runs several initiatives in pursuit of its mission and objectives, among them:
• 24-Hours of Reality, an annual, web and digital broadcast program that is aired to audiences around the world. This year’s event: “24-Hours of Reality: the Road Forward,” aired on December 6, 2016. The program featured VP Al Gore along with a host of celebrities including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bon Jovi, Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and others. Focus was brought to the 24 countries in the world emitting the highest levels of Co2. The objective of “24 Hours of Reality” is not merely to be informative. It seeks to be a catalyst for advocates and concerned citizens to demand real change in behavior from the nations contributing the most to global climate change.
• I am Pro Snow, a movement of stakeholders impacted by healthy snowfalls, or the lack thereof. The movement includes ski resort owners, professional and recreational skiers, boarders, mountain hoteliers and farmers whose livelihoods depend on snow. The collaboration not only brings attention to the facts on the ground, it is also demands a shift to renewable energy and away from fossil fuels. Members of the collaboration pledge to become 100% committed to the movement. By taking the pledge, they promise that their business will use only clean fuels, or that they will only support entities that are committed to clean fuels. For instance, Aspen, Colorado made the commitment in 2015 and retrofitted their power facilities to become 100% renewable electricity. The city is utilizing primarily hydropower and wind, in addition to solar and biogas from landfills. As a result it has already experienced measurable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, while keeping the cost of electricity affordable for its residents.
The mission of the Climate Reality Project is, “to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society.”, and so far it seems Al Gore and his partners are taking impressive, creative and effective action to this end.