Group brings 'Climate Reality' home to roost

Students in Santa Fe were given permission to participate in a climate strike last September organized by youth advocacy group Youth United for Climate Action. Courtesy photo

For one full day, former Vice President Al Gore and members of Climate Reality's network of more than 20,000 Climate Reality leaders from 154 countries will participate in "The Climate Reality Project for 24 Hours of Reality: Truth in Action," a global conversation about the climate crisis and its solutions in communities around the world. Participants will share the presentation first made famous by Gore's Academy Award-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," in their own communities across the globe.

Among those communities is Taos, where students from Vista Grande High School will dance to music and create spoken word pieces with local Climate Reality leader Jean E. Stevens. The event is planned to start at 1 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 21) at Vagrant Heart gallery, 216 Paseo del Cañon East.

Over 1,200 Climate Reality leaders will present across the globe in community centers, places of worship, homes, schools, businesses and even on social media. They will put truth into action and bring the hopeful message about today's climate solutions directly to their friends, family and neighbors, according the event's press release.

"Millions of people around the world are fed up and demanding urgent action on the climate crisis," Gore said in the release. "The tide is turning, thanks to dedicated activists speaking truth to power every day - including the tireless work of more than 20,000 highly trained and dedicated Climate Reality leaders. I'm thrilled that this year's '24 Hours' will lift up the voices of the inspiring people carrying the climate movement on their shoulders, and I'm honored to join them for this exciting day of grassroots action and education."

Since 2011, Climate Reality has produced the award-winning "24 Hours of Reality" broadcast to sound the alarm on the climate crisis and spotlight the solutions to solve it. Reaching more than 500 million households in scores of countries, previous broadcasts have explored different sides of both the crisis and the movement for solutions.

This year's theme will take the action from the screen to communities around the world, allowing Climate Reality leaders to collectively lead a global conversation about climate action.

Those who attend the presentations will have the option to have a tree planted on their behalf through a collaboration between the Climate Reality Project and One Tree Planted.

For more information about this year's "24 Hours of Reality: Truth in Action," visit 24hoursofreality.org or call (575) 737-5112.

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