The Climate Project-Canada

The Climate Project-Canada

February 28, 2008 09:00 ET

The Climate Project-Canada: "An Inconvenient Truth" Comes to Canada

Al Gore to Train 200 Canadians to Deliver Global Warming Presentations

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 28, 2008) - Co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore is coming to Montreal April 4, 2008, for the first "Inconvenient Truth" training session in Canada, Shelley Kath, Executive Director of The Climate Project - Canada (TCP-Canada), announced today.

In the latest chapter of what has become a global exercise, Mr. Gore will be the leading presenter in a three-day session in which 200 people will learn how to educate fellow Canadians about global warming and about effective solutions to the climate crisis.

Vice President Gore is delighted to lead this special training event. "Canada is a crucial player on the world stage," says Mr. Gore. "It's also clear that Canadians want to solve the global climate crisis, and I'm eager to help in any way I can."

"This is great news," says Kath, who helped establish TCP-Canada last year after attending the first training session Mr. Gore offered through his Nashville-based organization, The Climate Project (TCP). "There is a huge appetite for this information in Canada, and a real demand for training," Kath said, noting that while 1,000 Canadians applied to take part in the first Nashville training session, there was room for only 21.

TCP-Canada will recruit participants across the country among community leaders and professionals from a variety of sectors, including business, government, academia, health, public safety and faith-based organizations, as well as Canadian youth. Interested parties are invited to fill out the online application at www.climateprojectcanada.org before March 7, 2008.

The three-day session will incorporate much of the content used to make the Academy Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth and will also feature new material adapted to Canadian audiences. "Polls show Canadians are ahead of Americans on this issue," says Kath. "So we'll be spending less time making the scientific case and more time on solutions and presentation skills."

TCP-Canada chose Montreal as a training centre partly due to its geographic and demographic importance. The goal of making the event climate-friendly, for example, will be advanced by reducing travel distances for the largest number of people, while presenters will nonetheless be recruited from all regions and all sectors of the country. The event will be certified carbon neutral with all greenhouse gas emissions to be offset. The Canadian training session with Mr. Gore is made possible with help from major financial partners, including the Government of Quebec's Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks.

TCP is a Nashville-based, non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of the global climate crisis. Through TCP's efforts, Mr. Gore has coached more than 1,000 people - in the U.S. Australia, the U.K. and Spain - to present the Inconvenient Truth slideshow. A TCP training session in India is scheduled for March 2008.

TCP-Canada is a Canadian non-profit organization established to coordinate the Canadian training session and to provide follow-up support to participants. TCP-Canada's Board of Directors is comprised of Canadian presenters trained by Mr. Gore in Nashville, Tennessee, as recently as April 2007. Together, the team is developing the Canadian version of Mr. Gore's training curriculum for the upcoming session in Montreal. Board member profiles are available at www.climateprojectcanada.org.

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