We are Climate Reality: Pittsburgh & SWPA
Climate Reality: Pittsburgh & SWPA is a community of concerned Southwestern Pennsylvania citizens and neighbors who are addressing the climate crisis in our own backyard. We couldn't be any more proud that Mayor William Peduto has reaffirmed Pittsburgh’s support for the monumental Paris Agreement and pledged that Pittsburgh will be 100 percent renewable by 2035 with or without the support of the president.
What is critical in making a sustainable future a reality is support from local citizens like you to drive progress, to make sure goals are met, and that people at every level of society are held accountable.
In October 2017, Pittsburgh welcomed The Climate Reality Leadership Corps's largest training to date, as more than 1,300 climate trainees from 130+ countries arrived in our city for the three-day event lead by Former Vice President Al Gore, leading environmental scientists, and professional communicators. Trainees upped their knowledge of the science behind the climate crisis and mastered the art of engaging, empowering, and inspiring audiences everywhere to join in our demand for action. Many of us are those trainees - now fully certified Climate Reality Leaders and united together in Southwestern Pennsylvania - and we're more prepared than ever to demand that policymakers leave dirty fossil fuels behind.
Benefits of Chapter Membership
In addition to saving the world, membership benefits include:
- Network with other engaged local climate advocates, influencers, and professionals
- Hone valuable skills and abilities needed to influence, mobilize, and lead others
- Develop local campaigns and leverage shared expertise to effect climate action
- Master public speaking while delivering presentations to the community about climate change
- Receive ongoing education about climate science and communication skills from leading scientists and advocates
- Benefit from access to the strategic know-how, tools, and policy resources of The Climate Reality Project
We must seize the potential of clean energy to power our lives safely and sustainably today. We do not have the luxury of time. We know we must change and leave fossil fuels like coal and natural gas behind. We already see clean energy technologies creating jobs and powering a thriving economy in Pittsburgh & Southwestern Pennsylvania, so we know we can change. And with more committed citizens joining us by the day to fight for the future we want, we know we will change.
We want to hear from you.
Want us to give a presentation to your school or community group? Need a climate expert for a story you're working on? Need help tackling an environmental issue in SWPA? We've got you covered! Local Climate Reality Leaders are available for presentations, campaign support, media appearances, and more.
Climate Reality Pittsburgh & SWPA is a volunteer organization and does not have physical offices. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, located at 1 Schenley Dr. Pittsburgh, PA 15213, graciously donates space for chapter meetings.
Climate Reality: Pittsburgh & SWPA Leadership Committee
The chapter's first ever Leadership Committee was elected in January 2018 to serve through January 2019.
The Climate Reality Project
In 2006, Nobel Laureate and former US Vice President Al Gore got the world talking about climate change with the Academy Award-winning film, An Inconvenient Truth. It was just the beginning of a climate revolution, and later that year, he founded The Climate Reality Project to move the conversation forward and turn awareness into action. The Climate Reality Project works to accelerate the global transition to clean energy and to help create a sustainable future by mobilizing volunteers and communities via four key programs.
CLIMATE REALITY LEADERSHIP CORPS
Climate Reality Leaders are regular citizens from all walks of life concerned about the climate crisis and committed to taking action to solve it. Leaders attend a multi-day training where they attend sessions with Vice President Gore and a host of other field-leading experts, gaining the organizing and communications skills to mobilize their communities to act. Find out how you can become a Climate Reality Leader.
CLIMATE REALITY CHAPTERS
Climate Reality Chapters bring the global success of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps to the local level, uniting Climate Reality Leaders, community members, and fellow climate and sustainability partners around meaningful action at the front lines of the climate movement. This joining of local forces enables the development of effective local campaigns and initiatives through shared expertise, resources, and strategic know-how. Climate Reality: Pittsburgh & SWPA is among the first Climate Reality Chapters.
Campus Corps empowers college and university students to form Climate Reality chapters at their respective institutions of higher education across the country and help educated and assist their schools in making a transition to 100-percent renewable energy source.
CLIMATE SPEAKERS NETWORK
Climate Speakers Network empowers faith, business, and cultural community leaders to act as trusted messengers on climate and build a more diverse movement via outreach to key groups that have the potential to make a big difference in the fight against climate change.