Mayor in TX: “I am going 100% renewable, but I am polar opposite of Al Gore”.
Al Gore: “Hey man, that works for me”!
This quote was quite funny, regardless if you like Al Gore or not Climate Change is real, renewable energy is becoming cheaper, and we need to do something about it before all is irreversible. This Mayor is entitled to his opinion and just because he does not like Al Gore it does not matter because by him still going 100% renewable is the step everyone needs to take. I am sure I will speak to folks who do not like me- but because the science, the facts, the reality IS real does not mean they will not change!
The third day, bittersweet. I was filled with empowerment and knowledge but sad to be taken out of my safe bubble. Last night, at the board meeting I was asked what was one thing I found most beneficial with this training. I responded with it was my safe place. I was given the opportunity to meet folks around the world and be in an environment to get the education, training, and empowerment to fight Climate Change. Climate change in my area is still a taboo statement, so being able to be surround by folks with the same passion was one of the most beneficial things for me.
The third day was geared towards using the knowledge we gained and present with the most impact. One of the sessions was all about words, body language and tone. According to The Truman Security Project words count for 7%, body language 55% and tone counts for 38% of the presentation. Basically, no one hears the content of the presentation unless all other things are in line. Another key point I took from this presentation was to identify shared values, when talking about Climate Change it can be difficult but for me personally I can connect “My Story” with folks by talking about trees. Since it is what I do, I know my landowners share the value of wanting to preserve their forests so that is my main hook to keep my audience engaged.
It is now time for me to take what I learned and find my path to Climate Reality and get the message out there! Even if I reach one person at a time- that one will tell another and it will spiral. We have to come together and make a change. This is the future of humanity- so wake up!
Oh, and I survived the three days…no flannel challenge!
“Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes”