Al Gore, Gloria Kasang Bulus, Nana Firman, Ximena Loría and Tim Guinee: Climate change is our reality. Here's how we're taking action

Recorded atOctober 10, 2020
Duration (min:sec)06:42
Video TypeTED Stage Talk
Words per minute142.21 slow
Readability (FK)44.64 very difficult
SpeakerAl Gore, Gloria Kasang Bulus, Nana Firman, Ximena Loría and Tim Guinee

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With the Climate Reality Project, Al Gore is helping mold future leaders to build the movement for climate survival and social justice from the ground up. He introduces us to four of the Project's graduates, each of whom confronts climate change on their own terms: Ximena Loría, founder of Misión 2 Grados, an NGO influencing public policy in Central America; Nana Firman, "daughter of the rainforest" and advocate for climate justice among Indigenous peoples; Gloria Kasang Bulus, a Nigerian activist for women and education; and Tim Guinee, a first responder and climate change fighter in upstate New York. Together, they're gathering local actors into a global, grassroots movement that aims to turn the climate fight around.

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100:12 Al Gore: Hello everyone, I'm Al Gore,
200:14 founder and chairman of the Climate Reality Project.
300:18 This extraordinary moment of great challenge and great loss
400:21 is obviously also a moment of great awakening
500:25 and a great opportunity.
600:27 The global pandemic,
700:29 structural and institutional racism, with its horrific violence,
800:33 the worsening impacts of the climate crisis --
900:35 all of these have accelerated the emergence
1000:38 of a new and widespread collective understanding
1100:42 of our connection to the natural world,
1200:44 the consequences of ignoring science
1300:47 and our sacred obligation to build a just society for all.
1400:52 The Climate Reality Project trains thousands of climate leaders
1500:56 around the world, in all 195 nations,
1601:00 to advocate for a future humanity deserves.
1701:02 You're about to hear from four very different people
1801:06 who've gone through this week-long training
1901:08 and hear how they've been inspired to act.
2001:11 I want to let them speak for themselves, beginning with Ximena Loría.
2101:17 Ximena is working in Central America
2201:20 to influence public policy and develop young leaders.
2301:23 She has given presentations on climate to thousands of people
2401:27 and has now created her own NGO.
2501:30 Ximena Loría: My name is Ximena Loría.
2601:32 I'm from Costa Rica,
2701:33 and I attended the 2016 training in Houston, Texas.
2801:38 After the training, my life changed completely.
2901:41 I founded an NGO called Misión 2 Grados.
3001:44 My job has been focused on four main important topics:
3101:49 people's sensitization on climate change,
3201:51 supporting the B Corp movement,
3301:53 incidence in public policy
3401:55 and development of young leaders in environmental matters.
3501:58 I'm proud of having more than 150 presentations
3602:01 on the climate crisis and solutions,
3702:04 reaching personally more than 7,500 people.
3802:08 And I am also proud of being part of the Costa Rica delegation to COP25
3902:13 in Spain last December.
4002:17 AG: Nana Firman, born in Indonesia,
4102:21 is a climate advocate extraordinaire
4202:24 and calls herself a daughter of the rain forest.
4302:27 Nana is the Muslim Coordinator for GreenFaith
4402:29 and cofounder of the Global Muslim Climate Network.
4502:34 Nana Firman: My name is Nana Firman, and I am a Climate Reality Leader.
4602:38 In my life journey,
4702:39 I realized that our behavior and consumption habits
4802:43 have contributed in environmental degradation
4902:46 and have resulted in global warming.
5002:49 However, I believe that people grow spiritually
5102:53 through a strong relationship with the earth.
5202:56 Being born in the rain forest region of Sumatra,
5303:00 I believe in the power of our forests
5403:03 as the natural solution to our climate crisis
5503:07 by giving indigenous peoples and traditional communities
5603:10 more rights to protect and manage the forests where they live.
5703:15 Now, more than ever,
5803:18 it is time for us to put climate justice
5903:22 at the forefront and center of our struggles.
6003:28 AG: In the Kaduna region of Northern Nigeria,
6103:31 they call Gloria Kasang Bulus the queen of the climate crisis.
6203:36 Gloria has also founded a Kaduna-based NGO
6303:40 that is focused on education, empowerment and climate.
6403:44 Gloria Kasang Bulus: My name is Gloria Kasang Bulus.
6503:47 I came across the Climate Reality training and I applied for it in 2017,
6603:51 and that helped me to be able to build my capacity afterwards.
6703:56 And then it [sprung] up my passion in climate action.
6804:01 I'm really very proud of some of my achievements.
6904:04 And one of my achievements is reaching out to children.
7004:07 Another achievement I'm proud of is bringing the media together
7104:11 to talk about climate change,
7204:14 to have quarterly discussions of climate change.
7304:16 Some works that I have done around climate change,
7404:19 they really, really make me proud of being a Climate Reality Leader
7504:23 and a climate activist.
7604:27 AG: Tim Guinee is a firefighter in New York
7704:30 and is also the chairperson of the Climate Reality Project's
7804:34 Hudson Valley, Catskills chapter.
7904:37 He and his chapter have secured commitments
8004:39 from over 100 businesses, schools and cities
8104:42 to adopt 100 percent renewable energy.
8204:46 Tim Guinee: My name's Tim Guinee.
8304:48 I'm a proud member of the Climate Reality Project.
8404:51 On September 10, 2001,
8504:54 that night I went on a ride-along with my friend Captain Paddy Brown,
8604:57 who was the most decorated firefighter
8705:00 in the history of New York City firefighting,
8805:02 and the incredible crew of Truck 3.
8905:06 And around 6:30, 7 in the morning, I went home,
9005:09 and a little while later,
9105:11 they got the call and responded to the World Trade Center.
9205:16 And they went up the stairs,
9305:18 and none of them ever came back.
9405:20 Now, I don't know if they had known what was going to happen
9505:24 whether they would have done it or not.
9605:26 That's all speculative.
9705:27 But what I do know is they stepped forward
9805:30 into their destiny.
9905:35 I think the climate crisis
10005:38 has some things in common with that moment.
10105:41 None of us would have asked for the climate crisis
10205:43 to have been put on our doorstep, but it is; it's here.
10305:47 This is our historical reality.
10405:50 And we have a choice to make.
10505:52 Our destiny is to decide
10605:54 whether we're going to respond to the climate crisis
10705:58 or whether we're going to pretend that it's not happening,
10806:01 deny it.
10906:02 I think this is our moment of destiny,
11006:05 and I hope you'll decide to take part,
11106:09 to fight against the climate crisis,
11206:11 because we need you.
11306:15 AG: Four people, four stories of success and change.
11406:21 Immediately after this Countdown event,
11506:23 "24 Hours of Reality" will begin around the world
11606:27 at 4pm Eastern Standard Time in the US,
11706:30 featuring thousands of presentations from climate leaders
11806:34 just like the ones you've just seen.
11906:37 Use your voice,
12006:39 find your power,
12106:41 find your passion.
12206:43 Don't let this extraordinary moment pass.
12306:46 Together, we can ensure that this will mark the beginning
12406:50 of a healthy, just and sustainable future for all.