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Al Gore in Johannesburg for 2014 Climate Reality Leadership Training

4th February 2014


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Al Gore will be the guest speaker at the Climate Reality Project 24th Climate Reality Leadership Corps training programme between March 12—14 in Johannesburg.

High-profile speakers will join former U.S. vice president and Climate Reality Project chairman Al Gore including climate scientists, strategists, communication experts and community organisers designed to train the next generation of leaders in the movement for climate solutions.

The training will bring a special focus to the issues that make the Africancontinent 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 the programme is to formally train a new cadre of climate reality leaders, who will emerge from the programme as energised and skilled communicators with the knowledge, tools and drive to educate diverse communities on the costs of carbon pollution and 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 honoured to be joined by such an exceptional group of African leaders,” 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.”

This event follows two trainings Climate Reality held in 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey and Chicago, Illinois. The Climate Reality Leadership Corps includesnearly 6,000 Leaders from more than 100 countries.
Interested participants can apply at:> .



For people wanting to attend (including journalists), the official summary of the training is below, and more information about attending the training can be found at <>  

Attend the 2014 Climate Reality Leadership training with Al Gore in Johannesburg. By joining the Climate Reality Corps at the training in Johannesburg, South Africa March 12-14, you will join a very select group of world-changers who’ve come together to confront the greatest issue of our time, the one that will define us to future generations. You bring commitment to this cause backed by a long list of accomplishments. This training is your opportunity to take your skills to the next level and go from great to truly exceptional. During the training, you’ll learn from former Vice President and Climate Reality Project Chairman Al Gore and a group of world-class scientists, strategists, communicators, and organisers about the science of climate change and how to talk to people across the continent about the ways this crisis affects them personally — and what can be done to solve it. You’ll learn how to combine science and solutions, organising techniques proven by decades of social movements with a 21st-century approach to outreach through storytelling, public speaking, social media networking, and media engagement.

The Climate Reality Project is partnering with Food & Trees for Africa to bring the first training of its kind in Africa.



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