SPOTLIGHT ON SOUTH AFRICA DURING CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT AND LIVE EARTH

24 HOURS OF REALITY LIVE EVENT IN PARIS

Together with former US Vice President and Climate Reality Chairman Al Gore, South Africans will add their voices to the global chorus demanding climate action.

Johannesburg, South Africa (10/27/15) – On November 13th and 14th the world will come together to demand our global leaders act to combat climate change at COP21 in December. This year’s fifth-annual 24 Hours of Reality webcast event, hosted by The Climate Reality Project and Live Earth will be broadcast live from the iconic Champ de Mars in Paris with video footage from around the world including special live footage from South Africa.

Al Gore, former US Vice President and Chairman of The Climate Reality Project, will host 24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth: The World Is Watching, a live streamed event from Paris. Each hour will focus on the local and global impacts of climate change, as well as the promising solutions that can be found around the world and here in South Africa.

Airing two weeks prior to the monumental Paris climate negotiations, the event will serve to remind global leaders that the world is watching. Featuring stories from around the world, presentations by global climate leaders, renowned musical acts, interactive components and celebrity video segments, this year’s 24 Hours of Reality will be the most expansive yet. The time has come for countries, including South Africa to take significant action and make strong commitments to reduce emissions, combat climate change and set us on a path towards a better future.

“We have been focused during the last year on improving the chances for success at the Paris negotiations, and building the political will necessary for significant action at COP21,” said Al Gore. “In six weeks, when global leaders arrive in Paris for the most significant round of climate negotiations for the last two decades, we will truly be at a turning point. Millions of individuals worldwide have called for a strong emissions reductions agreement at COP21. We are working to make sure those requests are honored so we can move on to the next phase of our journey to a healthy and prosperous future.”

“Working with over fifty coalition partners towards more climate action and awareness, The African Climate Reality Project hopes that strong, equitable and binding agreements will come out of COP21,” Jeunesse Park, Branch Manager, said. “Our call for more renewable energy to lower South Africa’s carbon emissions and address our energy crisis, improve lives and reduce poverty is being heard, and is one of our country’s successful solutions to dealing with climate change.”

Adding South African voices to the global refrain ahead of COP21 will raise awareness of the significant impacts of climate change while also examining both local and global solutions to put us in the best position possible to make a global impact.

In addition to Al Gore and Climate Reality President and CEO Ken Berlin, the ShoulderHill Entertainment produced broadcast will include an impressive list of elected officials, celebrities, musicians, climate advocates, world-class scientists and other special guests from South Africa and around the world including:

Sam Champion, The Weather Channel’s Most Watched Weather Anchor
Host, Paris

Sarah Backhouse, Founder & CEO of Future360.tv
Host, Paris

Nicolas Ibarguen, Environmental correspondent for Fusion and Univision
Host, Miami, Segment 3

For more information, visit www.24hoursofreality.org

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About The Climate Reality Project
The Climate Reality Project is one of the world’s leading organizations dedicated to mobilizing action around climate change. With a global movement more than 5 million strong and a grassroots network of trained Climate Reality Leaders, we are spreading the truth and unleashing cultural momentum to solve the climate crisis. Former US Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore is the Founder and Chairman of The Climate Reality Project. For more information, visit www.climaterealityproject.org or follow us on Twitter at @ClimateReality.