Olympian Sara Renner Set to Deliver Climate Message Following Training with Al Gore

FasterSkierApril 15, 2008

Montreal — This past weekend 29 Albertans were trained by former Vice-President of the United States Al Gore, Dr. Andrew Weaver (one of the Canadian authors of the IPCC reports) and other climate experts on the science and solutions to the growing climate crisis. The representatives ranged from environmentalists to business people, educators, high school students and government officials. Renner was joined with 246 other Canadians for a three-day intensive training held in Montreal, Quebec. The training is the only one being offered by Mr. Gore in Canada.

“Throughout my ski career, I have noticed the impacts of global warming. In traditional ski venues in Europe, we often ski on snow that is trucked in from the tops of mountains and stored under tarps to keep it from melting. It is difficult to imagine our circuit continuing in such difficult conditions especially if temperatures continue to rise” said Renner, who was a guest of Clean Air Champions at the event.

“Ski racing aside, I am a mother and I want to share our beautiful world with my daughter. As an Albertan, we have a huge responsibility to move from being part of the problem to part of the solution. My challenge will be to convince Canadians that this is a race we cannot afford to lose.”

The training was organized by The Climate Project (TCP) Canada. The TCP Canada began with the mission of increasing public awareness of the climate crisis at a grassroots level throughout the Canada, the United States and abroad.

Over 250 climate ambassadors are now fanning out across the country deliver the climate change message to thousands of Canadians.

Presentations contain the most up-to-date research on the climate issue and are tailored to a Canadian audience. Sara first presentation will be on Earth day at 7:00 pm at the Banff Public Library.

The Climate Change Project — Canada (TCP Canada) has been established as a non-profit organization to manage and coordinate the Canadian training session as well as follow up support and activities for presenters. In June 2006, The Climate Project (TCP) began operations based in Nashville, Tennessee, as non-profit organization with the mission of increasing public awareness of the climate crisis at a grassroots level throughout the United States and abroad. By this April, a diverse group of over 2,200 volunteers (including now over 275 Canadians) world-wide have been trained to present a version of the slide show on which the Academy Award-winning film, “An Inconvenient Truth” is based.

Source: Cross-Country Canada


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