We are excited to have been accepted for the first ever Climate Reality Leadership Corps training to happen in South Africa. We will be sharing experiences with leading African activists, community organizers, and renewable energy experts in March during training by former vice-president of the USA Al Gore in South Africa and other imminent activists.
The Climate Reality Project announced the speaker lineup and themes for the 24th Climate Reality Leadership Corps training program, which will take place March 12—14, 2014 in Johannesburg. The Climate Reality Project is proud to partner with Food & Trees for Africa to bring the first training of its kind in Africa.
Headlining the speaker lineup is an extensive list of the leading activists and advocates spreading awareness of climate change and charting a course for a carbon-free future in Africa.
These speakers will join the Climate Reality Project Chairman Al Gore and internationally acclaimed climate scientists, strategists, communication experts, and community organizers for three days of sessions designed to train the next generation of leaders in the movement for climate solutions.
These speakers include:
- Ikal Angelei, Goldman Environmental Prize recipient for her efforts to stop a destructive dam in Kenya
- Jonathan Deal, Goldman Environmental Prize recipient for his work against fracking in South Africa
- Wanjira Mathai, Green Belt Movement activist and project leader at the Wangari Maathai Institute
- Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International
- Johan van den Berg, CEO of South Africa Wind Energy Association
- Evans Wadongo, Executive Director and Chairman of Sustainable Development for All – Kenya
“We are honored to be joined by such an exceptional group of African leaders in the fight for our collective future,” said Maggie L. Fox, President and CEO of The Climate Reality Project. “They have taken on some of the toughest fights in the world – confronting polluters head on and inspiring the solutions across the continent. We have much to learn from each of them.”
A focus on Africa’s issues
The training will bring a special focus to the issues that make the African continent particularly vulnerable to the high cost of carbon pollution. Specifically, Climate Reality Leaders will explore how climate change affects water availability, agricultural yields, and human conflict and displacement. They will also explore alternatives and low-cost energy solutions that are already reducing the continent’s reliance on fossil fuels and increasing resilience to the impacts of climate change.
The purpose of this intensive program is to formally train a new cadre of Climate Reality Leaders, who will emerge from the program as energized and skilled communicators with the knowledge, tools, and drive to educate diverse communities on the costs of carbon pollution and solutions.
This event follows two trainings Climate Reality held in 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey and Chicago, Illinois. The Climate Reality Leadership Corps includes nearly 6,000 Leaders from more than 100 countries.
Interested participants can apply here.
Mobilizing climate change action
The Climate Reality Project is one of the world’s leading organizations dedicated to mobilizing action around climate change.
With a global movement more than 5 million strong and a grassroots network of trained Climate Leaders, we are spreading the truth and unleashing the cultural momentum to solve the climate crisis. Former Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore is the Founder and Chairman of The Climate Reality Project.