The Climate Reality Project Canada

July 06, 2015 08:00 ET

Al Gore's Climate Reality Project Training Fully Subscribed in Toronto

Former U.S. Vice President to Train Next Generation of 'Climate Heroes'

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 6, 2015) - Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore will lead a packed training session in Toronto this week, helping to shape the next generation of environmental leaders and educators as part of his global Climate Reality Project.

More than 550 people from around the world will take part in Climate Reality Leadership Corps training, taking place July 9-10. It's the first time the training has been held in Canada since 2008.

Participants will travel from across Canada, the U.S. and 43 other countries to gain a better understanding of environmental issues and help spread the urgent message of climate action across their communities.

"The Climate Reality Project empowers individuals to come together to help fight weak government policies and inaction that are hurting our economy and our livelihoods," said Karel Mayrand, President of Climate Reality Canada.

Participants at the Toronto training are from a wide range of backgrounds and professions including the environment as well as technology, finance, health, education and more. The age range of participants varies from 11 to over 70, with a high proportion of Millennials.

Of the 550 attendees, nearly 400 are from Canada, 88 from the U.S. and 19 from Nigeria. Some other countries with a handful of participants include Pakistan, Turkey and Bangladesh.

"We're thrilled to see so many Canadians get involved in this influential and inspiring program," said Mayrand. "At the same time, the international mix of attendees will deepen the knowledge among all participants, and provide support as climate leaders worldwide work collectively to put pressure on governments to increase their commitments to help reduce the devastating impacts of climate change."

The Toronto training will focus on environmental issues in Canada, including the cost of climate change on the country's infrastructure and economy.

"We hear regularly through our global network that people are dismayed by the Canadian government's poor performance around action to fight climate change," Mayrand said. "Through these training programs, we aim to educate and embolden a new set of climate heroes as part of a growing global movement to protect our climate through clean economic development."

"The timing for the training is key," added Mayrand. "With the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21 climate negotiations) taking place in Paris at the end of this year, 2015 is a critical year for climate policy."

The training kicks off the Canadian segment of the global Road to Paris campaign. Newly trained Climate Leaders will put their skills to use on July 11th for a Toronto Day of Action, where nearly 200 trainees will celebrate municipal and provincial climate policy successes and collect petition signatures to request more action federally.

The Toronto training is the 29th Climate Reality Leadership Corps training. The Climate Reality Project has trained more than 7,800 Climate Reality Leaders from more than 125 countries, with recent trainings held in Johannesburg, Melbourne, Rio de Janeiro, New Delhi and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Since the first Canadian training in 2008, Climate Reality Project Canada's climate leaders have reached more than 600,000 Canadians across all provinces and territories, making it the largest program of its kind in Canada.

About The Climate Reality Project

The Climate Reality Project is one of the world's leading organizations dedicated to mobilizing action around climate change. With a global movement more than 5 million strong and a grassroots network of trained Climate Reality Leaders, we are spreading the truth and unleashing cultural momentum to solve the climate crisis. Former US Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore is the Founder and Chairman of The Climate Reality Project. For more information, visit www.climaterealityproject.org or follow us on Twitter at @ClimateReality.

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