Three days, 1,000+ climate activists, and Al Gore
This coming week, I'll be at the Climate Reality Leadership training session in Pittsburgh PA.
Some interesting speakers lined up. Will be great to hear and see more about Pittsburgh's redevelopment over the past few decades from coal & steel central into a rather green and progressive city. And given the opportunity, I would totally take a selfie with Al Gore.
But the primary draw for me is to meet and be immersed for several days with 1,000+ climate activists and professionals from around the world. It's a massive gathering! What are their stories? Where do they struggle, where do they find hope? What tactics and methods can we share? Can I get a bunch of them to join ClimateX :) ?
I think a key part of the program is becoming fluent with the "Al Gore presentation." As far as PowerPoint goes, I think it's a superb piece of work. I wonder how this will go down -- will it feel like telling someone ELSE's version of the story? -- as for the past couple of weeks I've been immersed in Marshall Ganz's intensely personal "story of self/us/now" methods, with videos and readings courtesy of Resistance School. Will be interesting (to me, anyway) to sort this out.
I sense the event won't be quite as global as we'd hope; the session's Facebook group has way too many "visa denied, can't come" messages. That stinks.
I may post occasional updates during the week; or wait for a big recap after it's all over. Or maybe some of both. We shall see.
And yes, I'll be offsetting the emissions from my flight.