ABOUT THE CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT
In June 2006, The Climate Reality Project (Climate Reality) began in Nashville, Tennessee. As a non-profit organisation, its mission was to increase public awareness of the climate crisis at a grassroots level in the US and abroad. By April 2007, a growing group of 1000 volunteers from every corner of the USA was trained to present a version of the slide show as seen in the Academy Award-winning film, An Inconvenient Truth.
Since then Climate Reality branches have been set up around the world. In doing so, Al Gore has trained more than 4000 people in the UK, Australia, Spain, India, China, Canada, Indonesia and Mexico.
Once personally trained by Al Gore, volunteers of the project are known as Climate Leaders. They return to their communities and are kept connected in an interactive community with the support of professionals who develop and revise materials for Climate Leaders to use.
Climate change education
In 2011, Climate Leaders from across the Asia-Pacific region to attend an Asia Pacific Climate Change Leadership Congress. Here it became clear that Climate Reality had strong education networks across the region, and demand for teacher resources was high.
Climate Reality Branches from Australia, India and Indonesia began working together with an education focus. With funding support from AusAID’s Australia Awards Fellowships, the Climate Educators' Skillshare was borne. This event brought 23 Educators from India and Indonesia to Australia for a 2-week intensive Skillshare - an opportunity to share knowledge from each culture, and to build leadership skills to communicate climate change science and solutions to their students and communities back at home.
The Climate Education Resources provided on this site were developed to support these teachers, and teachers across the Asia-Pacific region who are concerned about climate change. The resources utilise an inquiry and sustainability action process in which students can make their own impact on greenhouse emissions. They were developed to be used widely across the region, and translated where possible. If you would like to adapt these resources, please see our acknowledgements page here.
“Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see”
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