Tuesday kicks off 24 Hours of Reality

Guest Blog | September 15, 2014 | Climate Change, Energy Policy

This blog was written by SACE Communications Intern, Kelsey Adler, and SACE Communications Coordinator, Jeannie McKinney.

“True change happens when we embrace reality.”

Such is Climate Reality’s mission statement, an aptly named project begun by Nobel Laureate (and former U.S. Vice President) Al Gore in 2006. Each year for the past 3 years, Climate Reality has organized an event called 24 Hours of Reality, a live-streamed multimedia show dedicated to informing the public and inspiring activism for climate change. Famous special guests – like Mark Ruffalo and Jason Mraz – are a big pull for the event. But will you be tuning in?

Climate change is one of the biggest crises that our generation and our children’s generation will have to face – but there is cause for hope. This global event covers the climate crisis in every region of the world, and this year, every hour of the multi-media show will give us one more reason to believe that we have a chance to mitigate climate change.

Stephen Colbert interviews Al Gore for 24 Hours of Reality (2011)

For these 24 hours, the audience becomes activists, and climate change becomes a prime concern. In the Southeast, some of us understand the consequences of burning of fossil fuels and the resulting emission of carbon dioxide. But what can we do about it? Take action! 24 Hours of Hope will give us a chance to understand what climate change and the global crises mean to each of us and our region personally. We can demand solutions from our leaders, we can take climate change personally, and we can understand the damages done to our planet. There is no challenge we cannot overcome when we have hope that things can change—when we have hope that we can change them.

Beginning Tuesday, September 16, scientists, world leaders, musicians, climate advocates, celebrities, and the like discuss some challenges facing our planet.

24 Hours of Reality: The Cost of Carbon (2013) featured a music segment by South African group The Parlotones.

The event will feature special guests such as:

  • Vanessa Black, filmmaker
  • Colbie Caillat, singer-songwriter
  • Rodne Galicha, activist
  • Mark Ruffalo, actor & activist

And representatives from the People’s Climate March, Truman ProjectSolar Sister and Interfaith Power and Light.

24 Hours of Reality: 24 Hours of Hope will be broadcast live from New York City, starting at midnight tomorrow. Will you join in, and add your voice of hope to the cause?

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