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Al Gore to Lead Worldwide Event on the Reality of Climate Change
24 Hours of Reality
12 September 2011

The Climate Reality Project, founded and chaired by former Vice President and Al Gore, will host a 24-hour event beginning on September 14 to mobilize the world to confront the reality of the climate crisis. 24 Hours of Reality will take place around the world from Pakistan to Cape Verde, and from Indonesia to Alaska. The entire event will be broadcast live over the Internet by Ustream, and can be viewed at

"Extreme droughts, terrible storms, and larger floods are devastating many parts of the world," said former Vice President Gore. "Today, climate change is no longer a prediction: It's a reality. Yet around the world, we are still subjected to polluter-financed misinformation and propaganda designed to mislead people about the dangers we face from the unfolding climate crisis. Those who want to protect their own short-term financial interest are employing the same strategy first used by tobacco companies years ago to mislead the public about the science linking cigarettes to disease and death."

The former Vice President added: "The time to face reality is now. 24 Hours of Reality will bridge oceans and cultures - in every time zone - to bring the world together to emphasize the truth about the climate crisis and how we can solve it."

24 Hours of Reality will be presented in 13 languages, with one presentation for each time zone - making it a truly global event. At 7 p.m. local time during each of the 24 Hours of Reality, a citizen activist personally trained by former Vice President Gore will connect the dots between extreme weather and a warming climate, highlighting both the impacts of climate change and the inspiring solutions emerging in each time zone around the world. These local presentations will be interlaced with a studio presentation from New York City, featuring videos, live interviews and more.

The Climate Reality Project has partnered with diverse organizations around the world to host 24 Hours of Reality. Located in the same countries where 24 Hours of Reality takes place, these groups are working tirelessly to uncover the truth about climate change and work toward solutions. At the conclusion of each presentation, our viewers will be invited to join our local partners in specific actions to help solve the climate crisis.

The event will begin in Mexico City on September 14 at 7 p.m. Central Time, move westward around the globe, and conclude with a presentation in New York City by former Vice President Gore on September 15 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

In South Africa, the presentation will be given by Jeunesse Park, Founder of Food & Trees for Africa and the Climate Change Leadership Awards. Jeunesse will present live from the Durban Botanical Gardens at 19h00 on Thursday September 15. A "watch party" will also be held at the FTFA Khaya in Wendywood, Johannesburg at that time.

WHAT: 24 Hours of Reality, featuring a multimedia presentation about the reality of the climate crisis.

WHERE: Hourly events taking place around the world, broadcast live by Ustream. Locations include Mexico City, Mexico; Boulder, Colorado; New Delhi, India; Beijing, China; and more. For a full list of locations, visit

WHEN: One presentation each hour for 24 hours at 7 p.m. local time, beginning September 14 in Mexico City. It will conclude with a presentation by Al Gore on September 15 at 7 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time. To find a presentation in your time zone, please visit

WHO: Former Vice President Al Gore, joined by 23 citizen activists delivering a multimedia presentation around the world, along with our partner organizations working to solve the climate crisis worldwide.

WHO CAN WATCH: The live broadcast is accessible to anyone with an Internet connection and viewable on or on smart phones and tablets (learn more at Viewers will be encouraged to embed the live video player on their own websites with the Ustream embed code at; Facebook Fan pages with the "Ustream for Facebook" application; or other social media platforms.

To attend the presentation in Durban, or to attend Green Drinks at the FTFA Khaya for the watch party please, or for interviews, email .

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