Chinese government endorses the establishment of a diverse volunteer grassroots force to deliver slideshow presentations based on Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis
WASHINGTON, DC and NASHVILLE, TN — Former Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore, the Alliance for Climate Protection, The Climate Project, and the China-U.S. Center for Sustainable Development will host a training session in Beijing, China June 9th – 11th, 2010. The event, held with the support of the Chinese government, led by the Ministry of Science and Technology, will see Vice President Gore personally train a cross-section of 300 Chinese citizens who share a commitment to reduce the harmful effects of climate change.
“I am so honored that I will be returning to China to deliver my slideshow and present the latest updated information about the climate crisis and how we can solve it. China has rapidly emerged as a leader in renewable energy and it is very encouraging to see the Chinese people take a direct role in beginning to help solve global warming,” said former Vice President Al Gore.
The Beijing event will focus on the science of climate change and provide tools for effective communication about the issue. Those trained will become Presenters for The Climate Project. Presenters deliver an updated version of the slide show featured in the Academy-Award winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. The upcoming training will also be the first to incorporate slides and material from Vice President Gore’s latest book, Our Choice, A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis.
The Climate Project (TCP), a program of the Alliance for Climate Protection, supports the work of more than 3,000 volunteers in 55 countries around the world. The Climate Project has eight official branches – Australia, Canada, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Spain, the U.K. and the United States and with the new training will now add China.
“The Alliance for Climate Protection is excited about the opportunity for The Climate Project to work in partnership with citizen volunteers and the Chinese government in an educational campaign about the urgency and solvability of the climate crisis,” said Maggie L. Fox, President and CEO of the Alliance for Climate Protection.
“The training and establishment of an official branch of Al Gore’s The Climate Project in China represents a historic and landmark opportunity to build international collaboration between volunteers who can educate their local communities on the urgency of taking action on climate change,” added Jenny Clad, Director of The Climate Project.
The vision for TCP China goes well beyond the initial training event. TCP will also establish a secretariat to provide post-training support to TCP-China Presenters and coordinate future TCP-China initiatives.
Global climate change is recognized as the defining agenda for the 21st century – impacting every natural resource and human habitat. Immediate action on multiple fronts is necessary to more deeply understand the significance of climate change and to identify actions that can responsibly address the global climate crisis. These actions are critically important in both the U.S. and China – the world’s leading producers of greenhouse gases.
About The Alliance for Climate Protection:
The Alliance for Climate Protection was founded in 2006 by Nobel laureate and former Vice President Al Gore. With more than five million members and supporters worldwide, the Alliance is a unique non-profit, non-partisan organization that is committed to educating the global community about the urgency of implementing comprehensive solutions to the climate crisis.
About The Climate Project
The Climate Project, Al Gore’s climate change leadership program, is an initiative of the Alliance for Climate Protection. TCP’s mission is to educate the public about the harmful effects of climate change and to work toward solutions at a grassroots level worldwide. Official TCP branches are located in the United States, Australia, Canada, India, Spain, the United Kingdom, Indonesia and Mexico.
The China-U.S. Center for Sustainable Development
The China-U.S. Center for Sustainable Development (CUCSD) is a public-private collaboration that aims to accelerate adoption of sustainable practices and technologies by connecting stakeholders and forging mutually beneficial environmental, social, and economic partnerships. The Center is guided by a Board of Councilors from China, the U.S. and internationally. Management of initiatives is coordinated through joint secretariats – in China, the Administrative Center for China’s Agenda 21, a government agency, and in the U.S. by the International Sustainable Development Foundation, a 501c (3) non profit organization. For more information, please visit www.chinauscenter.org.