I'm a Certified Climate Reality Leader!

One week has passed since the start of the training and now I can proudly say that I’m a certified Climate Reality Leader who has trained under Al Gore and Climate Reality mentors.

This is only the beginning.

What I like about this program is that it’s not a one-off thing. We’re in it for the long-run. For the climate. For mama nature. For all the living beings on Earth.

What happened during the past week?

There was a series of presentations on each day on topics related to the climate crisis as well as skill-building for climate advocacy.

I was also added to a Table Work group which comprised of attendees living in the same geographical area. So most of us live in Malaysia barring one who’s in Brunei.

The Table Work discussions were held on four out of the seven days, right after a live Broadcast that featured Al Gore himself. The discussions were useful and inspiring. It’s great to connect with attendees in the same area who understand the situation we’re in.

The discussions were not that intense and the main theme throughout the week that we focused on was telling our Climate Story.

Truth be told, I was feeling mostly pessimistic and skeptical coming into this training. But after this week, I’m more hopeful and motivated to spread climate awareness and literacy. You can say I’ve been brainwashed by Al Gore into thinking that despite the rise in sea levels, we are investing more and more on renewables and changing our consumption habits.

But this does not mean I’ve become optimistic about politicians and businesses changing their ways. We still have a lot of work to do and we need to keep pressuring them and keep them accountable.

Besides the presentations and discussions, we were also given simple tasks to complete in order to receive the certification. My Climate Story was one of them.

The tougher work begins now.

What I look forward to

As I said, this is not a one-off event. Climate action is a continuous effort.

In our final task, we were encouraged to pick three out of twelve Acts of Leadership to start with. Along the years, one can perform all twelve of those acts and as many times as possible.

As a writer, I shall do what I do best and write about the climate crisis and the solutions. I’m also planning to write an Op-ed to a mainstream media outlet and get my thoughts published there.

One day, I shall have to do a presentation. That terrifies me. But I know I must make it a habit at some point. Perhaps I should pick up vlogging again to get used to it.

Would I recommend this training?

I’ve had experience with a few NGOs in Malaysia. A common thread between them is a lack of unified structure and a rather slow work speed.

Climate Reality Leadership Corps has a solid structure and is fast-paced. The whole training took SEVEN DAYS and I got certified a day after! That is incentive enough for me to continue on this journey. Plus, I’ve got the support of a group of passionate people and tools to help me with my advocacy so I know I won’t fall off the wagon this time. Hopefully.

If you’re sick of waiting for someone to do stuff and want to take action on your own capacity and with support by a well-established organization, I’d recommend that you apply for their next training. I’m not sure when’s the next one. They seem to be pretty selective, which is great.

FYI – this training used to be done only in the US but due to the pandemic, they’ve made this online and available everywhere.

In short, I would only recommend this training if you are ready to be proactive and willing to get out of your comfort zone. For me, I’m ready to take my advocacy to the next level.