Our mission and history
Our Mission & History
What is The Climate Reality Project Canada?
The Climate Reality Project Canada (Climate Reality Canada) is a non-profit organization that serves as the Canadian component of a global movement of more than 5,000 diverse and dedicated volunteers from around the world. These volunteers have been personally trained by former US Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore to educate the public about the science and impacts of climate change as well as solutions to address the climate crisis. Volunteer Climate Leaders trained by Al Gore have already delivered presentations to over 7.3 million people worldwide.
Climate Reality Canada seeks to raise awareness among all Canadians about the urgency of the climate crisis. We hope to motivate Canadians to become active participants in solving the climate crisis by:
- Training a diverse range of citizens from numerous geographic regions and walks of life, who will then communicate to the public about the urgency and impact of climate change.
- Engaging the public through presentations, news media and individual conversations as well as non-partisan grassroots advocacy so that Canadians will make informed choices about public policy matters related to climate change.
- Promoting personal, local, domestic and international initiatives to solve the climate crisis.
Originally named The Climate Project Canada, the organization was created in May 2007 with the objective of educating Canadians about the science and impact of climate change as well as solutions to address it. Based on the model of The Climate Project founded by former U.S. Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore, the primary means of disseminating this information is through trained Climate Leaders from all demographics, regions, sectors and backgrounds. The Climate Leaders originally gave adapted versions of the slide show as presented in the documentary An Inconvenient Truth.
Between September 2006 and April 2007 Mr. Gore held several training sessions in the United States. It was during this time that Mr. Gore met his original target of training 1000 Americans, with a small contingent of 21 Canadians in the mix. Upon their return to Canada, these initial trainees were met with an ever-growing demand for presentations. In May 2007, five of the original Canadian Climate Leaders (René Brunet, Peter Corbyn, Mike Gerbis, Shelley Kath and Désirée McGraw) co-founded the Canadian organization. They had a goal of bringing Mr. Gore to Canada in order to train hundreds more Canadians within a year.
In April 2008, this was achieved when Mr. Gore trained 250 additional Canadians from all across the country. The Montreal training was conducted by Mr. Gore in the presence of several distinguished guests including the Premier of Quebec, the Honourable Jean Charest, the Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development, the Honourable Line Beauchamp, and Dr. David Suzuki. Since this training, 200 more Canadian Climate Leaders have been trained in Nashville, Tennessee and San Francisco, California.
All Climate Reality trainees make a commitment to deliver a minimum of 10 presentations each, on a volunteer basis, within 12 months of the training .The majority of Climate Leaders have followed through with this pledge, and many have surpassed this objective tenfold. To date, nearly 500,000 Canadians have already participated in a Climate Reality Canada presentation.
Climate Reality Canada works to equip these Climate Leaders with the information, skills, resources and general support they require to deliver successful presentations. These presentations focus not only on the science and impacts of climate change but, increasingly, regarding a range of solutions - from the personal to the global - to the climate crisis.
In January 2009, Climate Reality Canada joined forces with the David Suzuki Foundation in order to strengthen its efforts to engage Canadians in the global movement to address climate change. Al Gore and the Climate Reality Canada team chose the David Suzuki Foundation for its know-how, energy and environmental leadership in Canada. Through this strategic alliance, the David Suzuki Foundation has hosted Climate Reality Canada in its Quebec office, and plays an advisory role in addition to providing communications and administrative support. However, the two organizations remain independent with separate boards and organizational infrastructures.
24 Hours of Reality: The Dirty Weather Report
On November 14th and 15th, 2012, the worldwide event 24 Hours of Reality: The Dirty Weather Report will broadcast the reality of the climate crisis. The event will consist of an online broadcast of climate change impacts around the globe, for 24 hours without interruption. Each hour people living with the reality of climate change connected the dots between recent extreme weather events - including floods, droughts and storms - and the manmade pollution that is changing our climate. From Tonga to Cape Verde, Mexico City to Alaska, Jakarta to London, people living with the impacts of climate change every day will tell their story. Check out the schedule and watch the live broadcast on November 14-15 at www.climaterealityproject.org.