November 20–21, Climate Reality is presenting 24 Hours of Reality: Truth in Action, a global conversation on the truth of the climate crisis and how we solve it.
Are you interested in changing the
climate conversation in your community?
wanted to share a story with you. My life profoundly changed after
training with the Climate Reality Leadership Corps. I was trained in
2012 in San Francisco, and at that time I had a career firmly in place
as a newspaper editor. I was looking for the training to augment my
understanding of current climate science.
Instead, the training became a turbo
boost to change my life so I could focus solely on climate solutions.
Within a year, I had transitioned to run a statewide non-profit, Earth
Charter Indiana, formed to support and promote the principles of the
to February 2015, when I presented to two-dozen high school students in North Manchester, Indiana.
That day, I
remember how engaged these students were, and how many insightful
questions they had. They were especially interested in farming's impact
on the environment, both harm and help, and our conversation after the
presentation lasted quite a while.
Coming out of
this session, the students — led by their science teacher, Jabin, with
assistance from me — decided to create a public event to teach their
community about food and climate impacts. In all, over 60 community
members attended, a mixture of conservatives and progressives, including some local farmers.
I marveled at
the presentations: good-looking PowerPoints, excellent graphics, and
sound science on farming, climate change, and animal health – but the
aftermath was pure beauty.
presentations, the audience formed small group discussion circles. Breaking up into smaller
groups was the key in getting actual conversations going.
Only rarely do
you get to see how a presentation you've given reverberates later. This
event, staged by high school students, was one of the most ambitious
and meaningful I've seen. That I had a small part in inspiring it
further motivates me to continue giving presentations.
You might have heard this already, but on November 20–21, Climate
Reality is presenting 24 Hours of Reality: Truth
in Action, a global conversation on the
truth of the climate crisis and how we solve it.
If you can
find a place and time to host a presentation – whether it’s a
classroom, community center, place of worship, or even just your own
living room – you can take part in this day of global climate action by
requesting a presentation
from a trained Climate Reality Leader like me.
I can’t wait
to see the impact of thousands of these conversations around the world. Will you join me?