CLIMATE REALITY FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The African Climate Reality Project (ACRP) and The Climate Reality Project will facilitate two workshops during the Durban Adaptation Charter (DAC) regional workshop from 14 to 16 October 2015. This event marks an important milestone on the Road to Paris for the Climate Reality’s 24 Hours of Reality: The World is Watching event (13 to 14 November) as well as the upcoming COP21 climate negotiations.
The ACRP is providing 12 trained Climate Reality Leaders from South Africa to help facilitate each local government workshop. The two workshops are billed “Climate Reality Group: Communicating regional climate opportunities and challenges” and “Climate Reality Group: Communicating climate change.”
Under the leadership of Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA), the ACRP works with climate leaders, governments, NGOs and scientists across the continent to create tools and resources to support a network of African leaders who mobilise communities from Algeria to Zimbabwe to find solutions to climate change.
“The growing global network of Climate Reality Leaders is critical to the climate movement, with motivated and educated individuals helping their own communities make the connection between their lives and what they can do to solve the climate crisis,” said Al Gore, Chairman and Founder of The Climate Reality Project.
The purpose of the regional workshops is to build and strengthen local government officials’ knowledge and understanding of the Durban Adaptation Charter.
Officials from various towns and cities across Southern African will benefit from the workshops through knowledge gained about the opportunities and challenges of climate change. They will also learn how to communicate effectively about climate change in the context of local government.

“Southern Africa plays host to some of the poorest nations in the world. These nations are also some of the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Providing government officials with the skills, knowledge and tools needed to adapt to climate change at a local level significantly improves the overall resilience of communities,” said Jeunesse Park, ACRP Branch Manager.
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About ACRP
The African Climate Reality Project is the African branch of The Climate Reality Project. South Africa is one of the key countries in the lead up to COP21 and the ACRP has been actively involved in The Road to Paris campaign. The Road to Paris is a global campaign that urges all to take climate action now and communicates the urgent need for a global commitment to reduce greenhouse gases come out of COP 21.
The ACRP aims to
• Create a network and communications hub for trained Climate Reality Leaders, NGOs, governments, scientists and others in Africa to collect and share information and resources;
• Develop wide-ranging communications assets, workshops, events and social channels to tell the story of climate change in Africa.
• Gather information on African Climate Change, extreme weather events, community and individual stories and solutions.
About FTFA
Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) is South Africa’s first national social and environmental enterprise working towards a healthier, more sustainable and low carbon future through developing, managing and promoting greening, climate change action, sustainable natural resource management, organic farming and food security programmes.
Over 4.5 million trees have been distributed and thousands of natural food gardens, bamboo projects and organic farms for historically disadvantaged communities have been developed. FTFA has been a pioneer of climate change response, mitigation and adaptation, launching the first South African carbon calculator, the Carbon Protocol of South Africa and the Climate Hero Awards Africa.