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!
“There is a device that pulls CO2 out of the air, and turns it into a useful product… It’s called a TREE”- Al Gore
Day two- uffda! After finally settling into hotel and coming down from the excitement of the first day I managed to get some sleep to get back to the venue for round two. Day two was primarily focused on Al Gore and dissecting the presentation for everyone to understand it in order for us to take it back with us and use in our personal presentations. Now, I could tell you all about this presentation but I won’t. I want to just talk about a couple of key stories and overview of a few things.
First of all, Al Gore is an incredible speaker- he is very passionate and has a way of empowering folks with the content by the tone of his voice. One minute he would be there speaking to us as a normal presentation then all of a sudden a huge build up would lead to a passionate tangent, where again he would yo-yo it back in and make perfect sense. Al Gore works on his presentations up to the last minute, right before he start presenting. The information is fresh and relates to the audience he is speaking to.
Al Gore split his 500+ slide presentation up into 3 sections and at the end of a section each table would submit a question for the Q & A part. I remember my table discussing what they wanted the question to be, listening to them talk I couldn’t help but interject. They had wanted to know if there were any technologies or solutions to trap CO2 or just take CO2 out of the air, I smiled and said “A TREE”. Now, remember these 5 gentlemen were brilliant but I think they over thought the question or wanted to know if there was a bigger solution! Through the day and half I knew these guys they already were caught up on my crazy love for forestry and trees so they were polite but still wanted to submit the question. After the question was asked to Al Gore…he talked a little about a contraption that can take out CO2 but has to be buried in the ground away from all things and left there- we don’t have space or time for this and it can only hold small amounts compared to the amount of CO2 in the air. After this long explanation this was said “There is a device that pulls CO2 out of the air, and turns it into a useful product… It’s called a TREE and many trees is a FOREST”! I was SHOCKED…I looked at my table with a huge smile and they were all smiling and cheering me on and I jokingly took a bow! I looked back at Al Gore made eye contact and was just on cloud 9!! Sometimes I know what I am talking about!
A fun yo-yo moment was when Al Gore was talking about aerial photos to see all sides of the Earth. Back in the day he tried to launch a satellite to get photos of the Earth from all sides, I think he mentioned a 24/7 photo set. Anyways, he told us all about this and how it did not get launched because no one thought they would want to see that many photos and such because it would be like “watching your grass grow, and no one likes that”. But this is not true because the lawn care is a 40 billion dollar industry! “I guess people do like to watch their grass grow”! -Al Gore Needless to say, Al’s satellite is finally in route and will reach destination in June and start sending photos!