The realities of climate change might float in and out of people’s consciousness, but starting tomorrow campaign '24 Hours of Reality’ is hoping to drive the shaky reality home on a global scale. The brain child of Al Gore, the campaign consists of a new multimedia presentation created by Gore that will be delivered once per hour for 24 hours over September 14 and 15. It will be delivered in 24 time zones and in 13 languages. Each hour people living with the reality of climate change will connect the dots between recent extreme weather events — including floods, droughts and storms — and the manmade pollution that is changing our climate. As part of the event, a round-the-clock, round-the-globe snapshot of the climate crisis in real time will be presented.
Kicking off New Zealand’s participation will be founder and chief executive of the Sustainable Business Network, Rachel Brown, who will deliver Gore’s multimedia presentation at an event at Auckland Museum. That presentation will be followed by a New Zealand-specific presentation focused on busting the myths about climate change. Other cities participating include New York, London, Seoul, Jakarta and New Delhi.
You can watch the event unfold, including the New Zealand leg, online or if you fancy getting out and mingling, a series of viewing parties have been organised around the country. They include Oxfam and Generation Zero’s viewing party at the Winter Garden in Auckland’s Wynyard Quartre and a viewing at the Nelson Environment Centre. Check out the viewing parties here.
24 Hours of Reality is part of the Climate Reality Project, which is centered around bringing the facts about the climate crisis into the mainstream and engaging the public in conversation about how to solve it.
In the meantime, here’s a couple of short and quirky videos promoting the event.