The Climate Reality Project, former Vice President Al Gore’s nonprofit dedicated to finding solutions to climate change, launched the 24 Hours of Reality event today. According to the project’s website, “The goal of the event is to focus the world’s attention on the full scope and scale of the climate crisis, once and for all dispelling doubt and putting the issue front and center in public consciousness.”
The 24 Hours of Reality event will move around the globe, broadcasting presentations from 24 presenters in 24 time zones, translated to 13 languages all in order to communicate one strong message: “climate change is manmade, happening now, and affecting the dramatic weather events we are seeing around the world today.”
The Climate Reality Project does not point fingers or assign blame to any single person. “Climate change is not your fault for the car you drive, the lights you turn on, or the food you eat,” the project’s website explains. Instead, the project is an effort to find realistic, systemic and innovative solutions to a crisis we all share as humanity.
But one nonprofit organization cannot solve this crisis on its own, which is why the organization is reaching out to the public for support and ideas. “The Climate Reality Project is bringing the facts about climate crisis into the mainstream and engaging the public in conversation about how to solve it,” the project’s site explains. “We help citizens around the world discover the truth and take meaningful steps to bring about change.”
One way you can be a part of this day and this worldwide effort is to dedicate your personal and professional social media outlets to the cause. Although it’s a small gesture, simply posting messages on Facebook and Twitter can inform your family, friends and colleagues of the realities of climate change. You can “attend” The Climate Reality Project event on Facebook, follow the project on Twitter, and share the website with your network, or you can contribute to the discussion by using the hashtags #Reality and #[your country] while calling out evidence of climate change.
You can even create your own public service announcement or submit a video on the topic to get the attention of a global audience. Read the Climate Reality Project’s online toolkit to learn of other ways to get involved.
Climate change is a tragic reality of our generation and one that will not easily go away. Shutting off the messages or denying the evidence will not make climate change any less realistic. On the other hand, we cannot allow ourselves to get overwhelmed by the urgency of climate change and fail to act.
As the official blog of EMBARQ, TheCityFix works to communicate transportation’s effects on climate every day. As EMBARQ works to improve transport options around the world, it also aims to make our planet a healthier and happier place to live, which is why we find the work of The Climate Reality Project inspirational.
Please join us in spreading this message. Let’s work together to make a difference!