Al Gore training thousands of 'climate leaders' to fight global warming

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Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets,Climate Change,Energy and Environment

The nation's leading climate change advocate, former Vice President Al Gore, is creating a mini army of "climate leaders" to push governments and companies around the world to adopt policies aimed at reducing global warming.

On Wednesday in Chicago Gore will host his second "climate reality leadership corps training" this year where his Climate Reality Project will show supporters how to talk about the issue and push for solutions to carbon burning.

Just last month, he held a similar event in Istanbul where one attendee said she was "moved to tears" when Gore spoke about global warming.

Gore is using the two events to update his popular movie "An Inconvenient Truth," his slideshow describing his believe that the world isn't doing enough to curb carbon use which he blames on global warming.

"Climate Leaders are activists who have taken part in this leadership and communications training led by former Vice President Al Gore and the Climate Reality Project," said Gore's group. "Climate leaders are expected to perform ten acts of leadership, which could include organising an event, speaking at a seminar or writing a column in a newspaper."

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From Gore's group:

Al Gore to Lead Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training in Chicago

Chicago, IL (July 29, 2013) -- Al Gore, Chairman and Founder of The Climate Reality Project, will provide the keynote address on July 31st at the Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training program, taking place in Chicago. Mr. Gore will address 1500 [figure to be confirmed] registered Climate Leaders, representing 50 states and 77 countries, and will provide an updated presentation made popular by the award-winning film, An Inconvenient Truth.

Chairman and Nobel Laureate Al Gore, as well as top-tier scientists, strategists, organizers, and communicators will work with the Climate Leaders to inform and educate attendees about climate science and best practices in public speaking, online organizing, and storytelling.

WHO: The Climate Reality Project; Chairman and Former Vice President Al Gore, joined by climate scientists, activists, community leaders and Climate Leaders

WHAT: North America Climate Leadership Corps Training

WHERE: Grand Ballroom (McCormick Place South Convention Center), Chicago

WHEN: Wednesday, July 31, 2013

7:30am: Press setup in Ballroom

8:00am: Program begins

8:10am: Mr. Gore provides remarks

PLEASE RSVP TO press@climatereality.com.

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Over the course of the three-day training, Climate Leaders will learn how to engage people in a conversation about carbon pollution that makes the complex issue accessible and relevant in the lives of diverse communities. By the end of the training, Climate Leaders will have both the knowledge and the tools to seek out and connect with new audiences and become leaders in our struggle against climate change.

In 2006, the Climate Reality Project launched the leadership training initiative to create a global network of concerned citizens working to alert their communities to the reality of climate change. Since 2006, over 4,400 volunteers from all 50 states and 100 countries have been trained.

ABOUT THE CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT:

The Climate Reality Project, founded and chaired by former Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore, is dedicated to unleashing a global cultural movement demanding action on the climate crisis. Despite overwhelming international scientific consensus on climate change, the global community still lacks the resolve to implement meaningful solutions. The Climate Reality Project exists to forge an unwavering bedrock of impassioned support necessary for urgent action. With that foundation, together we will ignite the moral courage in our leaders to solve the climate crisis. For more information: www.climaterealityproject.org.

Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.