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The Alliance for Climate Protection d/b/a The Climate Reality Project

Building powerful networks for just climate action

aka The Climate Reality Project   |   Washington, DC   |  http://www.climaterealityproject.org

Mission

The Climate Reality Project’s mission is to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every sector of society.

Ruling year info

2006

President/CEO

Ms. Phyllis Cuttino

Main address

555 12th Street NW Suite 350

Washington, DC 20004 USA

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EIN

87-0745629

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are in a decisive decade for the planet. The challenge is clear: cut fossil fuel emissions in half by 2030 and hold global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. But even as the world calls for urgent action, fossil fuel interests block progress and too many global leaders hesitate. In other words, we lack the political will among decision makers to stand up to industry and special interests and shift the global energy transition into overdrive. Climate Reality is helping fill that gap, building the people power necessary to drive leaders at all levels to act. Founded and chaired by former US Vice President Al Gore, Climate Reality combines grasstops pressure with grassroots activism to pull on the highest levers of power. Since 2006, the organization has recruited, trained, and mobilized leaders from all walks of life to seed bold action in their communities and ignite society-wide transformation.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Climate Reality Leadership Corps

At the heart of Climate Realitys work is our signature activist training program, the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, which recruits, trains, and mobilizes climate advocates across the world. Participants begin with a multi-day training on climate impacts and solutions personally led by former US Vice President Al Gore. After the training, these Climate Reality Leaders become super-activists who start or join Climate Reality chapters or branches, engage their local communities in the climate fight, enter government to drive forward climate policy, or take on climate leadership roles in their spheres of influence. Since 2006, weve hosted 55 trainings that have produced a network of Climate Reality Leaders from 192 countries, who are part of our 3.5-million strong global network.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people
Adolescents

Branch programs are set up in 11 strategic countries and regions to organize and mobilize Climate Reality Leaders and branch members to advance pro-climate policies and strengthen national and local commitments to action. Climate Reality chapters are vibrant local activist networks in the US that our trained Climate Reality Leaders and members of the public join in communities, cities, and colleges and universities, building support locally for clean energy solutions. Supported by our dedicated field team, branches and chapters identify impactful initiatives within their communities that build toward Climate Reality’s four global campaigns. Already, branches and chapters have become vital forces for progress, helping expand clean energy alternatives, tackling the legacy of fossil fuels in low-income communities, and pushing for a stronger Paris Agreement, to name just a few of the many ways they are making a difference.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

To achieve 2030 targets for cutting emissions, we must build support for rapid reductions in the burning of fossil fuels and for no additional fossil fuel development or funding. Climate Reality plans to increase the pressure on the fossil fuel industry and policymakers at a global level while also advocating for national policies and local actions that support a transition to clean energy in which impacted communities have a voice in the solution. We mobilize communities across the world to shut down current facilities and prevent new fossil fuel pipelines, power plants, and other fossil fuel infrastructure from being built, while also pushing for ambitious policies that drive the systems change we need.

Population(s) Served

Global financing is a critical ingredient for the just transition away from fossil fuels to clean energy.Over the next two years, we plan to push world leaders and policy makers to disinvest from fossil fuels, increase funding for renewables, and direct more climate funding toward countries in the Global South, using high salience moments including World Bank meetings and COP 29 and 30 to amplify calls for reform and secure progress.Former Vice President Gore has been at the forefront of highlighting the shortcomings of multilateral development banks (MDBs), especially the World Bank, around accelerating a just transition, and our Philippines and Africa branches have been running climate finance campaigns for several years. We plan to build on our leadership in this area by supporting branches to launch their own climate finance campaigns focused on MDBs or World Bank governors in their regions and activating our broader network around the need for financial reform.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Climate Reality aims to expose and hold fossil fuel companies and their enablers responsible for greenwashing, including misinformation and mischaracterizations about their sustainability efforts. Fossil fuel interests have made billions changing our climate and threatening our planet while using multi-million-dollar ad campaigns to mislead us about their climate responsibility and commitments. Our greenwashing campaign highlights the misinformation fossil fuel companies spread and exposes the truth about their role in destroying our planet. We work in coalition with climate and environmental justice partners worldwide and with our branches in their fights to call out greenwashing from top emitters in their regions and push to end government subsidies for fossil fuel companies.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents
Activists

As the premier global convening on climate change, the annual UN Conference of Parties (COP) is critical to promoting international cooperation to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. At COP 28 in 2023, Climate Reality called on international leaders to transition away from fossil fuels, increase climate finance, and reform the COP process to make it a more effective vehicle for change. Over the next two years, we plan to build on this success. Our overall strategy will build toward COP 30 in Brazil in 2025, the 10-year anniversary of the Paris Climate Agreement and when the next round of national climate commitments for emissions reductions will be reviewed. Climate Reality will be advocating at critical moments throughout the year and at COP 29 in Baku for strong national climate commitments that align with net zero pathways.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults
Activists

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of carbon emissions prevented (estimated by CO2 equivalent)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Reducing Emissions

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We helped secure a commitment from the most populous county in the US: Los Angeles County. This will prevent over 47 million metric tons of CO2 emissions per year once the transition is complete.

Number of individuals applying skills learned through the organization's training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

The Climate Reality Leadership Corps

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

At The Climate Reality Project, our global network of 3.5 million is working to build a just and sustainable true net zero future. We aim to expand the climate movement in key geographic regions and among strategically targeted constituencies and harness the power of our network to drive change through four unifying global campaigns:
- Reducing Emissions - Building a clean energy future by cutting or avoiding emissions and opposing new fossil fuel infrastructure.
- Financing a Just Transition - Mobilizing finance to build thriving clean energy economies with a focus on the Global South.
- Calling out Greenwashing - Exposing misinformation by fossil fuel companies and inoculating the public and press against it by countering with the truth about the energy transition we need.
- Strengthening International Cooperation on Climate - Keeping the Paris Agreement strong and encouraging governments to strengthen their commitments through the COP process.

Climate Realitys unique model combines Vice President Gores ability to spark critical moments with an extensive advocate network and world-class communications to accelerate change.

We start by recruiting, training, and equipping activists through our signature Climate Reality Leadership Corps training program. Trainings convene people from all walks of life including groups traditionally challenging to reach and give them the skills and network to act on climate. Trainings have a ripple effect as Leaders, chapters, and branches engage local and global communities. Whether opposing fossil fuel infrastructure or working with national governments to develop strong climate plans, our network is spurring outcomes critical to meeting the globes climate goals.

Our trainings the past few years have built a bigger, more global, and more diverse network than ever, better positioning us to drive global change. We aim to further increase the density of trained activists in high-emitting and vulnerable countries and regions and better harness their individual leadership and collective power toward outcomes within our four global campaigns.These campaigns target the primary cause of climate change (greenhouse gas emissions), promote just solutions (climate finance), remove obstacles to change (greenwashing and disinformation), and pull on the levers of power to make it happen (strengthening international cooperation), with public accountability infused throughout.

Each global campaign drives toward outcomes that benefit people most impacted by climate and environmental injustice. For example, the climate finance campaign emphasizes the Global South, (where half our branches are located), while our reducing emissions campaign organizes super-activists against some of the biggest emitters in their regions.

The next two years are pivotal as we build toward COP 30 in Brazil in 2025, the 10-year anniversary of the Paris Agreement and a mid-decade benchmark for 2030 ambitions. Along the way, well leverage our model at key moments including trainings, COPs, World Bank meetings, G20 summits, and climate week to build people power and drive action for climate solutions.

Climate Reality is building the political will necessary to drive decisionmakers to act on the climate crisis. Our unique model combines Vice President Gores leadership with grasstops pressure and grassroots activism from our network, equipping us to meet the moment of urgency before us while also making major moments that drive climate progress. From catalyzing World Bank reforms to adding critical capacity to efforts that canceled the Byhalia pipeline in Tennessee, we leverage this model to seed change at all levels.

Key differentiators ground Climate Realitys work:
- Our founder: For decades, former Vice President Gore has been synonymous with climate action and today is recognized as a foremost voice on the issue, with the ability to catalyze moments in climate history, inspiring action at all levels, from grassroots efforts to high-level policymaking.
- World-class trainings: Our best-in-class training programs find people committed to making a difference on climate and give them the tools, know-how, and network to inspire community, national, and global action on policy.
- Global footprint: With trained Climate Reality Leaders in 192 countries and territories, a global network of branches in 11 countries and regions, 100 US chapters, and over 3.5 million supporters, we are building a diverse and intergenerational movement connecting the Global South, Global North, and communities that cross every sector - including those on the front lines of climate and environmental harm.
- Climate Reality Leaders: At the heart of this network are our super-activists who comprise the Climate Reality Leadership Corps trained in climate science, solutions, and communications by former Vice President Gore who become powerful catalysts for change.

By leveraging these differentiators, Climate Reality can accelerate efforts to solve the climate crisis. Vice President Gore publicly ignites global conversations on key issues and our network supports his message with calls for aggressive climate action and policies at all levels that accelerate a just transition to clean energy.

Since 2006, Climate Reality has trained and inspired a global cohort of activists in climate science, solutions, and advocacy. These super-activists create lasting impacts at the local, national, and global levels. Theyve led efforts to delay or halt proposed petrochemical and fossil fuel projects, including in the Ohio River Valley, where our 2017 Pittsburgh training seeded a robust chapter network. Theyve generated support for state climate laws and the adoption of green banks in Minnesota, Massachusetts, Maryland, and more; led the push to electrify Chicagos bus system; and secured commitments from Canadian municipalities to transition to clean energy.Theyve advanced national climate action as elected representatives.

Globally, our model has promoted systems change. We built support for the Paris Agreement by delivering a 6 million+ signature petition to the UN Secretary General at COP 15. Our Philippine and Brazil branches successfully worked with their governments to establish nationally determined contributions (NDCs) as part of that agreement. We recently helped catalyze pressure for World Bank reform and secure a global commitment to transition away from fossil fuels at COP 28.

Looking ahead, Climate Reality is laser focused on accelerating a just transition to true net zero by empowering people with the knowledge and tools to act on climate. Our goals are ambitious, but the challenge before us calls for nothing short of maximum effort and a full commitment to what we know to be effective.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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The Alliance for Climate Protection d/b/a The Climate Reality Project

Board of directors
as of 04/30/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Al Gore

Vice President of the United States, 1993-2001; Nobel Peace Prize, 2007

Larry J. Schweiger

Former President, National Wildlife Federation

Orin S. Kramer

Managing Partner, Boston Provident, L.P.

Al Gore

Vice President of the United States, 1993-2001; Nobel Peace Prize, 2007

Theodore Roosevelt IV

Managing Director, Barclays Capital

Cindy Horn

Co-founder, Environmental Media Association

Don Henry

Melbourne Enterprise Professor of Environmentalism, Melbourne University

Rosina Bierbaum

Professor and Dean Emerita, University of Michigan

Manuela Herzer

The Herzer Foundation

Dr. Robert D. Bullard

Father of Environmental Justice

Catherine Coleman Flowers

Founder, Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice

Chief Oren Lyons

Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Nation and a Chief of the Onondaga Nation Council of Chiefs of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, the Haudenosaunee, People of the Longhouse

Stephanie Shepherd

@FutureEarth

Donnel Baird

Founder, BlocPower

Frederick Davie

Senior Strategic Advisor to the President at Union and Senior Advisor for Racial Equity Programs at IFYC

Tammy Snyder Murphy

First Lady of New Jersey

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/20/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/13/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.