LAKE MACBRIDE— I was accepted to become part of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps and signed the training agreement yesterday. Signing obligates me to deliver ten related activities during the next year. Ten is not many. A person has to deal with and act on the reality of climate change and this will be one way of doing that.
Al Gore and his team will conduct three days of training in Chicago. The staff includes Maggie Fox, CEO of the Climate Reality Project; Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Foundation; John Vezner, Grammy Award winning songwriter; Mike McCracken, science adviser; and Kim Wasserman, 2013 Environmental Goldman Prize Award winner. I don’t know any of these people, so there will be an opportunity for learning.
About 1,000 people from around the globe will be converging at a place to be announced, and the networking alone has the potential to benefit attendees. It will be what we make of it, and I will meet as many people as possible. (Note to self: find business cards).
The energy from the group on Facebook is palpable. The project staff did a good job of instructing us how to post, so the content is relevant and engaging.
My origins in doing something about the environment were in the first Earth Day in 1970 when a group of us participated in local events. While my participation has been off and on during the last 43 years, confronting the deceit and misinformation about changing climate promulgated in the corporate media has risen as key work to be done regarding one of the most significant threats to humanity. I am looking forward to Chicago.
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