Our local branch welcomed over 800 people to Brisbane for the 2019 Climate Reality Training.
In June 2019, The Climate Reality Project Australia & Pacific, welcomed over 880 people to Brisbane to engage in an active dialogue on climate change and become personally inspired by former US Vice President Al Gore. Climate Reality welcomed participants from every state and territory in Australia, over 40 from New Zealand, 20 from Pacific nations and countries further afield from India to Haiti, all up representing over 15 countries.
Over 30 students and staff from the University of Melbourne attended The Climate Reality Leadership Corp training. Young people had a strong presence at the training, led by a cohort of University of Melbourne students and alumni who won the Climate Impact Competition and were sponsored to attend the training.
From the chair of major banks to primary school teachers from regional Australia, the diversity represented in the room reflected the fact that every person in our society has a part to play in tackling the climate crisis.
The three days were split up with a variety of panels, keynotes and breakout sessions, centred around Mr Gore’s famous presentation on the global impacts of climate change and how we can all #BeAmbitious together to tackle the problem. Through the course of the training, we heard directly about the current impacts from first nations and Pacific Islander peoples, how different sectors such as farming and banking can work to galvanise their industries and how coordinated communities can speak truth to power.