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Why I Signed Up to be a Climate Reality Leader

 

Jomay Amora-Dueck

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I am officially a Climate Reality Leader, and that’s some great news!

Back in July, I took part in the 9-day Climate Reality Leadership Corps: Global Training.

Around 10,000 participants from around the world took part in the biggest virtual climate training ever. It was indeed an incredible experience!

I am so inspired to join a global community of over 21,000 formerly trained Climate Reality Leaders around the world who are working together to tackle the climate crisis. I especially admire Mr. Al Gore, our mentor Heather Wilkins, and the entire The Climate Reality Project organization for all their hard work and support and, most importantly, for making this event a successful one.

What is The Climate Reality Project?

The Climate Reality Project is a non-profit organization involved in education and advocacy related to climate change. The Climate Reality Project came into being in July 2011 as the consolidation of two environmental groups, the Alliance for Climate Protection and The Climate Project, both of which were founded by Mr. Al Gore, former US Vice President. Mr. Gore is the Founder and Chairman of The Climate Reality Project. What I like about the Climate Reality Leadership Corps is that it takes people from all walks of life and makes them exceptional leaders. In this organization, you’ll meet different people – from doctors, scientists, engineers, teachers, to business owners, students, artists, among others. Climate Reality Leadership Corps takes your commitment to creating a better tomorrow. This organization provides training in climate science, communications, and organizing to inspire communities and spark grassroots action worldwide.

So what inspired me to become a Climate Reality Leader?

I want to learn the science of climate change. We know that climate change is real, but I sometimes find it difficult to understand or explain the entire concept to other people. The Climate Reality Training is a perfect place to learn the causes and impacts of climate change and how it transforms the daily life for communities around the world. Through this training, you will be able to learn how we can work together to take action and find solutions.

Learn or enhance your skills.
Wanting to make a difference is one thing. Knowing how to really pull it off is another. The Climate Reality Training will teach you powerful storytelling, public speaking, and social media networking techniques and even best practices in grassroots organizing. This training will also teach you some media engagement strategies, where you can effectively use media outreach to promote an event, spread awareness through an op-ed, letter to the editor, or a televised interview.

I want to join a global community of world-changers. Climate Reality Leaders aren’t just raising awareness of climate change. They’re working for climate crisis solutions. There are days when I feel so discouraged or not motivated. It’s great to know that I am not alone in this fight. What I truly love about being a Climate Reality Leader is having new friends who share the same passion and vision as me. By joining our organization, you will be able to meet other Climate Reality Leaders and build a network of fellow activists that support you. It truly is inspiring to see how a global community of activists are building momentum for solutions around the world.

I want my voice heard.

Sometimes it is easy to feel lost and discouraged to share your views. The Climate Reality Training has helped me boost my confidence and belief in my own strengths. As Mr. Al Gore himself said, “Believe in the power of your own voice. The more noise you make, the more accountability you demand from your leaders, the more the world will change for the better.” Your voice is more powerful than you think. Shout, march, write, blog, sing, dance, paint, holler! Use your creativity to make your voice heard.

Inspire new Climate Reality Leaders.

As a new Climate Reality Leader, one of my goals is to create more Climate Reality Leaders in Manitoba – especially in the Filipino community. As Filipino-Canadians, we experience first-hand the effects of climate change here and back home. As the biggest community of people of colour in Manitoba, we can effectively make significant change by spreading awareness and influencing public opinion on the environment and climate change issues. Our collective voice can be a powerful force to achieve social and climate justice.

Our Earth is dying and we need your help. I would like to invite you to consider the following:
1. Request a Climate Reality Presentation

One of the easiest ways you can do to help spread awareness is to request a Climate Reality Leader to give a virtual or in-person presentation at your school, work or community. You may visit www.climaterealityproject.org or contact me at ecoisthome@gmail.com to schedule a presentation or organize an event.

2. Learn How To Become A Climate Reality Leader

Train with former US Vice President Al Gore and work with renowned scientists and communicators learning about climate crisis and how together we can solve it.

Due to high demand, a second Global Training is scheduled on August 28-September 3, 2020. Please visit https://climaterealityproject.org/training for more information.

We don’t have much time left. Please join the global Climate Reality Leaders and millions of people using their voices and everyday choices to address the climate crisis. I hope to connect with you very soon.

Jomay Amora-Dueck is a writer, minimalist and proud Climate Reality Leader. She would be happy to connect with you, either to chat about sustainability or organize a Climate Reality presentation or event. You may email her at ecoisthome@gmail.com.

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