Al Gore launches The Climate Project-India

Al Gore and Dr. R.K. Pachauri at the Climate Project-India trainingThe Climate Project (TCP) – a world-wide organization that supports Mr. Al Gore’s efforts on promoting climate change activism – launched its India chapter (TCP India) this weekend.With support and patronage from Mr. Gore and Dr. R.K. Pachauri and with funding and in-kind support from the JSW Foundation, TCP carried out a training session at the India Habitat Center, New Delhi. During the session, some hundred carefully selected Indian delegates from different professions were personally trained by Mr. Gore and others to spread the message of climate change and take up informed actions within their communities.Mr. Gore categorically emphasized the need for India to play an even greater role in combating climate change and in being a leader in taking such initiatives. “India is the world’s future”, he declared and went on to inspire the delegates to take the right action now lest all of us would regret later.

At a dinner hosted in his honor, a day before the training session, Mr. Gore talked about the opportunity that lies ahead, to raise global consciousness to a higher level. “As we do so” he further went on to add, “we will find it much easier to solve the crisis of extreme poverty, to solve the challenge of HIV/AIDS, to find the political will to halt the destruction of precious forest of the planet and the devastation of ocean fishery, to stop the chronic civil wars fought by child soldiers and to bring relief to all those who are suffering unnecessarily from easily preventable diseases.”He also pressed upon the need for nations to come together to address the above challenges, all of which are now defined as political problems. “Our ability to address them will increase as we develop the capacity for vision and build the moral authority essential to taking action together as a civilization,” was the take home message by him for the night.

The training session was even more thought provoking and the energy level and the charisma carried by Mr. Gore ensured that every eye was fixed on him throughout the day. There were useful inputs by Dr. Pachauri and the rest of the TCP team that kept trickling and adding to the learning experience as well. Mr. Gore’s passion and concern for the planet and towards the human civilization was exhibited in every single sentence that he put across. The audience only got more and more engaged as Mr. Gore shifted from one slide to the next. He concluded the day with sending best wishes to all and hoping for a better planet. He left back a fully charged up audience impatient to get out and spread the message while still wanting to hear and learn more from him.

TCP India is slated to be an independent body with a skills based advisory board to lend expertise and advice towards issues pertaining to climate change. It is also being setup to spread the TCP message further and to develop “Green curriculum” to support existing training/education.

 Original post by Govind Singh at voice of the Indian Youth Climate Network. 

5 Responses to “Al Gore launches The Climate Project-India”

  1. 1 L WANGLAT Mar 20th, 2008 at 2:05 am

    Arunachal Pradesh fragil ecosystem are about to be rape by ever greedy hydo power companies. MOU are being signed like nine pins. All our major rivers are for sale. It is said that, “Hydroelectric dams produce significant amounts of carbon dioxide and methane, and in some cases produce more of these greenhouse gases than power plants running on fossil fuels. Carbon emissions vary from dam to dam, says Philip Fearnside from Brazil’s National Institute for Research in the Amazon in Manaus. “But we do know that there are enough emissions to worry about.”
    In a study to be published in Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, Fearnside estimates that in 1990 the greenhouse effect of emissions from the Curuá-Una dam in Pará, Brazil, was more than three-and-a-half times what would have been produced by generating the same amount of electricity from oil.” If these are true it is a frigthening prospect.
    Can we organise a samineer at ITANAGAR to educate the executive authorities and the Leaders about effect of climate changes to our future generation and planet earth?

  2. 2 Kartikeya Mar 24th, 2008 at 3:11 am


    Thanks so much for bringing your voice to this forum. If you are indeed from the remote north-eastern state of Arunachal, I commend you on bringing your voice forward. Please contact me: so that we can take this dialog further. We need more voices from the Northeast before it is too late!

  3. 3 Govind Mar 24th, 2008 at 3:40 am

    Dear Wanglat,

    It is good to hear about your concern for the rivers of Arunachal Pradesh. There are indeed more good people like yourself from the state, who have been doing all that they can to put an end to this foolishness by the concerned authorities.

    Public Hearing for obtaining environmental clearance for the 3000 MW massive Dibang Multipurpose Project has been postponed thrice after facing strict opposition from the people of the area. At one of the hearing on this 29th Jan in Roing, about 98% of the local population were said to have opposed the project. A similar response has echoed from other projects in the state as well. However, it is unfortunate that the state administration has not paid much heed to all the opposition so far.


  4. 4 Esther Kathiroli Oct 13th, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Ours is a state council of the National Council of Churches in Indi. Our Social Development wing is uplifting the poorest of the poor for the past 42 years in Tamilnadu State. At present we are also giving awareness on Global Warming to Church leaders, women’s fellowship and youth fellowship members and to school children. With our very limited funding, we were able to very little on this. But we would like to intensify the programme by conducting more awareness programmes and planting trees.

    I just wannted to know whether your organisation will join with us in implementing the programmes.

  5. 5 G.SWAMINATHAN Nov 4th, 2009 at 1:41 am

    Your move to appeal to religious sense of people in your climate movement is laudable.
    Y may be aware as far as pious hindus are concerned, they give due importance to
    1. Growing trees in temple complex especially protecting one ancient tree.
    2 to worship neem and peepul trees
    3 to consider cutting natural trees and slaying snakes as sin
    4. they burn oil lamps mostly in temples are offered at temples to promote cultivation of plants
    6Herbal plants like ‘tulsi’ [ocimum] are grown in houses and worshipped
    7. The cow is worshipped and its dung used in several ways8
    8 The elephant is worshipped and protected as the value of forests which sustain them are known
    9 The tribals and natives know importance of mangroves and other natural forests
    There are several ‘mutts’ religious institutions who may enlighten on more aspects of traditional nature conservation backed by time honoured beliefs.

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About Kartikeya

Kartikeya Singh received his Master of Environmental Science degree at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale University. He is currently a doctoral candidate for a PhD in International Affairs at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy. His research interests include climate change and energy policy, the geopolitics of energy use, and transportation.

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