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    24 Hours of Reality:
    Countdown to the Future

    October 10-11

    As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustice, and climate change, The Climate Reality Project is partnering with TED Countdown for 24 hours of presentations and conversations on the moment we're living in and the future we want.

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    The climate crisis, COVID-19, and a global reckoning on racial justice are turning our world upside down, forcing us to rethink normal and opening the door to truly transformative change.

    With the world asking what comes next, The Climate Reality Project and TED are partnering for two incredible days of presentations and discussions exploring the future we want and how we get there.

    It kicks off at 11am ET on October 10 with TED’s Countdown, a five-hour program of livestreamed TED talks and discussions with world-changing innovators and thought leaders confronting the climate crisis head-on and showing the way to a just, zero-carbon future.

    Then at 4pm ET, 24 Hours of Reality: Countdown to the Future continues the conversation with 24 full hours of digital presentations and discussions of how the climate crisis, COVID-19, and racial injustice shape our planet and this incredible moment. All led by former Vice President Al Gore and Climate Reality Leaders and happening all around the world.

    Anyone can request a free presentation for their school, office, place of worship, or community. Plus, many presentations will be open to the public, allowing audiences anywhere to log in and join the conversation.

    It’s a day to see where we stand – and together - imagine where we can go.

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    What: 24 Hours of Reality: Countdown to the Future
    When: October 10, 4PM ET - October 11, 4PM ET
    Where: Internet-enabled devices worldwide (come back soon for more information)
    Who: Al Gore, Climate Reality Leaders, and YOU!

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    Who gives Countdown to the Future presentations?
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    What is 24 Hours of Reality: Countdown to the Future?

    24 Hours of Reality: Countdown to the Future is a day-long period global conversation on the climate crisis, COVID-19 pandemic, and racial injustice that shape our moment and how we can face these challenges and together build the just and sustainable future we want.

    For 24 straight hours, former US Vice President Gore and Climate Reality Leader activists across the planet will lead digital presentations and discussions exploring the climate crisis and the connections to COVID-19 and structural racism, highlighting both the threats and opportunities for transformational change.

    The event will take place from October 10 at 4 PM Eastern Time – October 11 at 4 PM Eastern Time, in all 50 US states and many countries around the world. For a full 24 hours, Leaders will be giving free presentations on our changing climate and the solutions in our hands – and inviting audiences to join the conversation.

    Use this map to see when Countdown to the Future takes place in your region.

    Why should I attend a Countdown to the Future presentation?

    Because you know the climate crisis, racial inequity, the COVID-19 pandemic, and environmental injustice is real. You’re concerned about what they means not just for your future, but for your family’s future. For the world we give to future generations.

    You want to know the truth of what’s happening to our climate. But you also want to know what we can do to solve this crisis before it’s too late. You want to know what you personally can do to make a difference.

    Who gives Countdown to the Future presentations?

    Climate Reality Leaders are volunteers trained by former US Vice President Al Gore and a team of scientists, strategists, and experts to talk about the climate crisis and its solutions.

    What makes Climate Reality Leaders such great speakers is that they don’t just understand the climate crisis and current injustices themselves – they know how to make it easy for anyone to understand too.

    They know how to give great presentations that engage and inspire and leave audiences energized. We also do what we can to match a local Climate Reality Leader to your presentation to ensure that they have the most up-to-date local impacts and solutions.

    Can I request a Climate Reality Leader presentation outside of Countdown to the Future?

    Absolutely. You can request a Climate Reality Leader presentation for another date here.

    Why participate in Countdown to the Future?

    We are at an inflection point. COVID-19, the climate crisis, and a global reckoning on racial justice have forced us to rethink normal and created a new world of possibilities. And that’s just for starters.

    Now scientists warn that unless we radically reduce fossil fuel emissions by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050, global warming could rise above 1.5 degrees Celsius and unleash a series of irreversible effects transforming life as we know it and opening the door to unprecedented catastrophe.

    The good news is that there’s hope. What happens next is up to us. We have the clean energy solutions we need to halt warming in time to avoid the worst, but we have to act bravely and boldly. And we have to act now.

    Research suggests that one of the most critical things you can do right now is talk to others about the climate crisis. When we have conversations about the crisis, we shine a light on its importance in our own communities, and make it clear to our friends, families, and neighbors that this is something serious enough to talk about. In this way, we can shift public perception and increase support for taking swift action.

    Countdown to the Future aims to bring the world together virtually to talk about the crisis, friend to friend, neighbor to neighbor, colleague to colleague.

    This has been a year of unprecedented challenges, but we must remain serious about solving the crises at hand. But we have to start talking about it. Together, as one planet.

    We are at a moment of inflection, we must demand change. Now.

    How do I attend a Countdown to the Future presentation?

    To attend a Countdown to the Future presentation, you’ll first need to create a public account on Reality Hub. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll be able to log in at any time and request either a public or private presentation. On the main countdown to The future page, you can identify any presentations already scheduled in your area.

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    The reality we now face implores us to act. - Al Gore Founder & Chairman, The Climate Reality Project

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