Former Vice President Al Gore's Climate Reality Project coming to Twin Cities Friday

Event focuses on training to drive climate change solutions

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Climate Reality Project event in Minneapolis
Climate Reality Project event in Minneapolis August 2-4.
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Former Vice President of the United States and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Al Gore is coming to the Twin Cities this weekend.

Regardless of your politics, the former Vice President is arguably the most important historical figure in bringing climate change awareness to the U.S. and world. His 2006 film “An Inconvenient Truth introduced climate change concepts to millions around the world.

Gore is coming to the Twin Cities this weekend as part of the Climate Reality Project he founded.

We’re heading to Minneapolis in August for our 42nd Climate Reality Leadership Corps training.

In the U.S., Minnesota has become a leader in practical climate solutions like wind energy and community solar. One exciting chapter in this success story is that the Twin Cities have committed to transitioning to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030.

That’s why we’re heading to Minneapolis-St. Paul in August for our next Climate Reality Leadership Corps activist training.

The three-day event features dozens of speakers on wide ranging aspects of climate change and climate solutions. The Climate Reality event speaker roster includes New York Times author and Foreign Affairs Columnist and Minnesota native Thomas Friedman, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter.

Full disclosure, I have been asked to moderate a panel discussion on cities and climate change leadership at the event this weekend with mayors Frey and Carter.

MPR Climate Cast Friday

I will be at the event interviewing Mr. Gore for MPR’s Climate Cast Friday. The interview will air on Climate Cast Friday at 3:44 and 5:44 pm.

It is newsworthy that this event is coming to the Twin Cities this week. Minnesota generated 25 percent of electricity from renewable sources in 2018. The roster of speakers is also noteworthy. I’ll have more on the event as the week unfolds on Updraft and my weather chats on MPR News. You can also follow my posts on twitter @MPRWeather.

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