Climate Reality Project

Our mission is to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society.

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About The Climate Reality Project

The Climate Reality Project is a relatively new organization founded in 2005 by Al Gore. Previously called the Alliance for Climate Protection, this organization is devoted to solving the climate crisis. They use leadership trainings, global media events, and various campaigns to spread awareness and information regarding climate change and encourage and help people to demand climate action.


Why We Chose to Feature This Organization

If one person could be credited with bringing the topic of climate change to the masses, it would be Al Gore. The documentary An Inconvenient Truth followed Al Gore on his campaign to educate citizens about global warming.  The documentary was a commercial success: it grossed $24 million in the U.S., $26 million internationally, and won an Academy Award for Best Documentary. Praise from the New York Times, Roeper & Ebert, and NASA poured in, commending Gore for his success in explaining the science in a way that could be understood by everyone, making the topic interesting and approachable to those without scientific backgrounds, and reaching new audiences who now care about climate change.

Over a decade later, An Inconvenient Sequel was released, chronicling progress and setbacks in the ongoing fight against climate change. Despite numerous obstacles, the film culminates with the ultimate success: The Paris Climate Agreement.

We had the pleasure of seeing Al Gore speak about his film and his battle against climate change at the Zurich Film Festival. We were inspired by his intelligence, passion, and graciousness. Later that evening, we attended a screening of An Inconvenient Sequel. The theater was packed, despite taking place on a typically quiet Sunday night. Moviegoers were angered, inspired, and moved all at the same time. It was that night that we learned about his related non-profit, The Climate Reality Project. After quantitatively and qualitatively vetting the organization, we knew it had to be included in our portfolio. Climate change is the problem of our time, and in order to fix it, we must have everyone on board. 

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The Climate Reality Project gives people the tools they need to educate themselves about climate change and to share their findings with others. They generate awareness regarding climate change using a variety of methods, including social media posts and online campaigns, petitions and signature gathering, hosting climate leadership trainings, and producing prominent media campaigns featuring well known figures such as Al Gore, Ellie Goulding, and Helen Hunt.

Road to Paris Campaign

2015 was an important year for climate change activists. After years of struggling to convince governments to take action against climate change, world leaders came together at the United Nations Climate Change Conference and negotiated the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement sets to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2C above pre-industrial levels, increase countries’ abilities to adapt to a changing climate, and greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate Reality Project knew the Paris negotiations had the potential to be historic and world-changing. They worked hard in the months leading up to the conference to raise awareness about the upcoming negotiations and build demand for an agreement. They also sought to put pressure on the policymakers who would need to agree to making deep reductions in carbon emissions.

In order to raise awareness and create demand for an agreement, Climate Reality Project created the Road to Paris Petition. They started their campaign online, using social media, blogs, and email campaigns to get people’s attention, and then they created a web portal which allowed for people to add their names to a petition. Offline, Climate Reality Leader activists collected signatures at corresponding rallies and events. In total, over 2.2 million people signed the petitions. Climate Reality Project President Ken Berlin and Al Gore joined numerous other environmental organizations such as Greenpeace, Sierra Club, and Guardians of the Earth to add their names to a global group of over 6 million people demanding climate change action.

Know Tomorrow

Alongside Cool Globes, a public art exhibition with the goal of raising awareness of solutions to climate change, Climate Reality Project launched Know Tomorrow, a student-led campaign that aimed to engage millennials in the fight for climate action. In the 14 weeks leading up to the Paris negotiations, student leaders organized events across college campuses nationwide. These events focused on educating students about the Clean Power Plan, the Paris negotiations, and obtaining signatures for the Road to Paris Petition. In total, the group of student activists received 45,000 signatures. They caught the eye of President Obama, who was so inspired by their success that he wrote them a letter to thank them for their efforts.  

24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth: The World Is Watching was supposed to be a global media event starting in Paris before showing segments from different cities all over the world. The event was set to be star-studded: Elton John and Pharrell were due to perform, French President Francois Hollande was planning to speak, and Ryan Reynolds was due to host. A corresponding online program would have enabled people all over the world to join the discussion on social media. Unfortunately, 4 hours into the event, the horrific Bataclan terrorist attacks took place. For the safety of everyone involved and out of respect for those harmed, the event was immediately cut short. A few weeks later, they released a two-hour version of The World is Watching, giving hope to those who needed it most, and calling for action from those ready to fight climate change.  

Climate Reality Leadership Corps

The Climate Reality Project believes that when it comes to telling people about the seriousness of climate change and urgent need for action, the messenger can be just as important as the message itself. This is why they started the Climate Reality Leadership Corps program. In this program, people from all walks of life and all corners of the globe are taught how to share this message in a way that moves people emotionally.

Since the Climate Reality Project started this program, they’ve hosted 35 training events with participants from over 137 countries. They’ve trained doctors, students, teachers, and community leaders how to share their understanding of climate science via in-person outreach, digital activism, media relations, and grassroots campaigns. After the training is complete, Climate Reality Leaders must agree to completed 10 “Acts of Leadership”, which can be anything from writing a blog, giving a climate change presentation, or organizing a climate action campaign.

Climate Speakers Network

Another way Climate Reality Project enables people to speak up about climate change is through their Climate Speakers Network (CSN). This network focuses on training those who are often left out of climate change conversations, including members of faith-based organizations, African American and Latino communities, and business leaders. CSN partners with relevant organizations such as NAACP to hold training events that help people understand climate change and develop effective communication methods. There are currently over 3,000 Americans in this group, with more being added every day.

Management

Climate Reality Project

Kenneth Berlin

President & CEO

Experience and Education
  • Executive Vice-President and General Counsel at Coalition for Green Capital
  • Doctor of Law from Columbia University School of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government from University of Pennsylvania
Compensation
$310,000

Climate Reality Project

Stephen Mills

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Experience and Education
  • Director of International Programs at the Sierra Club
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication from The University of Alabama
  • Postgraduate studies in Spanish, Journalism and Photography from the USDA Graduate School
Compensation
$136,000

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