In 2006, Nobel Laureate and former US Vice President Al Gore got the world talking about climate change with his Academy Award-winning film An Inconvenient Truth.
It was just the beginning of a climate revolution. Later that year, he founded what would become, The Climate Reality Project to move the conversation forward and turn awareness into action all across the Earth. This resulted in 36,000+ Climate Reality Leaders mobilising communities in over 150 countries. It has branches in 10 critical nations and regions.
We are Climate Reality Australia & Pacific
People across Australia and the Blue Pacific know all too well what it means to live with the impacts of climate change, with devastating bushfires, heatwaves, cyclones, rising sea levels and warming oceans impacting on communities and ecosystems.
The branch focuses on connecting climate to the lives of people across the region, offering trained leaders wide-ranging workshops and leadership opportunities. Thanks to these efforts, more than one in 40 Australians have seen a Climate Reality presentation, helping drive greater public awareness of solutions. As of 2021 we are a network of 2400+ trained leaders working both independently and together to realise a healthy and safe climate, and a thriving net-zero economy.
The Climate Reality Project - Australia and Pacific is committed to fostering an environment in which the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their fellow Australians is characterised by deep mutual respect, leading to positive change in our nation’s culture and capacity.
BRANCH MANAGER: Ciaran McCormack
HOST ORGANIZATION: The University of Melbourne
NUMBER OF CLIMATE REALITY LEADERS: 2403
Branch Manager, The Climate Reality Project
Ciaran McCormack is a sustainability communications specialist with over twenty years of experience in Australia, Europe, East Africa and Japan. He has worked with a wide range of organisations in the corporate, civil society, university and government sectors.
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In his previous role, Ciaran was responsible for communications for an ethical investment fund manager, and earlier in his career he delivered sustainability and community engagement projects for local councils and the Victorian Government. He was also Corporate Responsibility Adviser for ASX-listed Sensis and has coordinated energy efficiency and conservation research programs for Brotherhood of St Laurence and Earthwatch Institute Australia respectively.
Professor Don Henry
Melbourne Enterprise Professor of Environmentalism
Professor Don Henry AM is based in The University of Melbourne as the ‘Melbourne Enterprise Professor of Environmentalism’. Don's role is to stimulate and enhance public debate and policy by working with researchers, government, civil society, global institutions, and business. He provides leadership in the fields of environmental policy development and reform, climate change, and sustainability. Don is an International Board Member of The Climate Reality Project chaired by the Hon. Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States.
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In 2018 Don was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) for his work in protecting Australia's native wildlife and environment.
His current engagement program is to support implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change, negotiated by the global community in December 2015. This work aims to encourage greater ambition in its implementation and to build support for strengthened national commitments. Don and his team are highlighting the role of key strategic countries in the implementation of the Agreement, such as India, the Philippines, Indonesia, China, Australia, South Africa and Brazil.
Don is also leading work examining and encouraging Indigenous and conservation outcomes in Northern Australia and collaborative processes for forest protection and sustainable use in Victoria and Tasmania.
Previously Don has been CEO of the Australian Conservation Foundation and WWF Australia, a Director of WWF US and the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland.
Project Officer, The Climate Reality Project
Imogen Butler is a specialist in environmental communication and research, with over eight years’ experience working in a wide range of organisations in Australia, Sweden, and the UK. Imogen has worked extensively in the not-for-profit sector on environmental campaigns with a common focus on repowering and diversifying energy systems to advance renewables.
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Prior to joining The Australia & Pacific branch of Climate Reality Project as Project Officer, Imogen was researching zero-carbon manufacturing pathways for Australian industries with Beyond Zero Emissions. As a researcher Imogen's mission is to translate climate science into sustainable thought and action.
Imogen has delivered communications for a series of high-profile climate action campaigns, including The ‘Million Jobs Plan’, a plan that shows how Australia can create millions of jobs through green stimulus. Also, ‘Zero Carbon Communities’, a program that empowers thousands of Australian communities to lower their emissions and thrive.
As an active ally in the climate justice movement, Imogen believes in empowering a fully voiced response to climate change. Her mission is to elevate the voices of communities and persons at the frontline of climate change, particularly those who have previously been excluded from climate change discourses.
Imogen is qualified with a MSc from the University of Oxford (UK) and a Bachelor of Environment and Society at RMIT University (AU).