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Star-studded climate reality broadcast to usher in COP 21

Former US Vice President and Climate Reality Chairman Al Gore to lead round-the-clock call to action on Nov. 13-14 from climate experts, activists, celebrities and musicians

Seeking to generate momentum for strong action on climate from world leaders in the final days before the UN climate talks in Paris, former US Vice President and Chairman of The Climate Reality Project Al Gore will lead the global broadcast of 24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth: The World Is Watching, airing from 6pm CET, Friday, November 13 to 6pm CET, Saturday, November 14.

Former US Vice President and Chairman of The Climate Reality Project, Al Gore. Photo credit: cfact.org
Former US Vice President and Chairman of The Climate Reality Project, Al Gore. Photo credit: cfact.org

This round-the-clock programme will unite a global audience in demanding a strong climate agreement in Paris and include presentations and performances from leading climate experts and activists and award-winning celebrities and musicians.  French leaders President François Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo will join in the broadcast, which is produced by The Climate Reality Project and Live Earth.

Anchored from Paris, The World Is Watching will broadcast live from the Champ de Mars in the Seventh Arrondissement and feature both live and pre-recorded segments from other spotlight locations in the United States, Australia, Brazil, India, Canada, China, the Philippines, and South Africa. The broadcast will focus on the local and global impacts of climate change, as well as promising solutions that can be found around the world today. In addition to President Hollande and Mayor Hidalgo, experts like glaciologist Claude Lorius, elected leaders like California Governor Jerry Brown and other special guests like film and television actor Ryan Reynolds will join throughout the 24-hour programme. These include:

Government Officials

President François Hollande, France

Brian Deese, Senior Advisor to United States President Barack Obama

Governor Jerry Brown, California, United States

Dr. Ernest Moniz, Secretary, United States Department of Energy

Dr. Steven Miles, Queensland Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, Australia

Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Paris, France

Mayor Philip Levine, Miami Beach, United States

Media Personalities 

Patrick J. Adams, actor and activist

Atom Araullo, News Reporter, ABS-CBN News

Sarah Backhouse, Founder & CEO of Future360.tv

Ed Begley Jr., Actor and Activist

Sam Champion, Weather Anchor, The Weather Channel

Barkha Dutt, Television Journalist, NDTV

Maria Paula Fidalgo, Actor and Activist

Porter Fox, Author and Editor at POWDER magazine

Vanessa Hauc, Journalist, Telemundo

Nicolas Hulot, Media Personality and Activist

Nicolas Ibarguen, Environmental Correspondent, Fusion and Univision

Africa Melane, Presenter, CapeTalk and 702

Ryan Reynolds, Actor and Activist

Calum Worthy, Actor and Activist

NGO and business leaders

Dr. Anish Andheria, President of the Wildlife Conservation Trust

Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General

Chinmaya Acharya, Chief of Programs, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation

Yoca Arditi-Rocha, Director and Founder, No Planeta B

Ken Berlin, President and CEO, The Climate Reality Project

Wang Binbin, Manager of the Climate Change and Poverty Team, Oxfam

Keith Brooks, Clean Economy Programme Director, Environmental Defence

Ian Bruce, Science and Policy Manager, David Suzuki Foundation

Dr. Fuqiang Yang, Senior Advisor, Climate and Energy, Natural Resources Defense Council China

Daniela Ibarra-Howell, CEO, Savory Institute

Claude Lorius, Glaciologist, Director Emeritus of Research at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

Alix Mazounie, Climate Action Network – France

Mithika Mwenda, Head of Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance

Evan Rice, CEO, GreenCape

Juliette Rousseau, Coalition Climat 21

Mauricio Ruiz, Executive Secretary of Terra Institute of Environmental Preservation

Bittu Sahgal, Founder of Sanctuary Asia

Wang Shi, Chairman, China Vanke Co. Ltd.

Zhang Xiangdong, Co-Founder and CEO of 700Bike

Adrian Yeo, CAN’s Leadership Development Programme Fellow

In addition to featuring engaging stories of climate impacts and solutions, each hour of the broadcast will be punctuated by thought-provoking, knockout appearances from all-star participants (which will be announced in a separate release). The broadcast is aimed at urging world leaders to push for the strongest possible climate agreement at the upcoming UN conference in Paris and at urging people to take action in their own communities and homes.

The Climate Reality Project’s partnership with Live Earth for this fifth-annual 24 Hours of Reality broadcast will give the program an unprecedented artistic lineup and distribution platform to maximise its global reach.

“‘24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth’ is about mobilising people around the world to help solve the climate crisis and making our voices heard in national capitols and at the negotiating table in Paris,” said Vice President Al Gore. “The UN climate talks have the potential to produce a breakthrough that changes the dangerous course on which we are presently headed and put us instead on a path to a truly sustainable and prosperous future. We want leaders from every country to know that the world is watching, and that it’s time for them to take climate action.”

“We have to get every major country to make a strong commitment at COP 21,” said Climate Reality President and CEO Ken Berlin. “The time is now for world leaders to sign an emissions reduction agreement that includes five-year reviews of their commitments, a long-term goal, and the global prioritisation of renewable energy. It is time for global action – the world is watching.”

“The media landscape is cluttered, people’s lives are busy and the way people access information and connect with each other varies from person to person. To cut through, you have to provide truly compelling content and match it with multiple distribution streams that reach people in their homes and on the go,” said Live Earth Founder Kevin Wall. “The climate crisis is grave, so we are harnessing the best content and the latest in mobile, social media, and online distribution to make sure we can connect with people everywhere.”

The broadcast will be seen all over the world across numerous media outlets and platforms, even as Renaud Le Van Kim and his company Together Media have been chosen by The Climate Reality Project to produce the event in Paris. The entire production is being overseen by Executive Producer Peter M. Green and his partners at ShoulderHill Events.

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