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This was the first day of the Climate Reality Project in Seattle. This is the 12th training Al Gore has done for climate change leaders in the USA, the 35th in the world. All together, almost 12,000 people have gone through this training.

There are 800 people here from 30 different countries. We are grouped geographically, so all 10 people at my table are from L.A. county. There are 4 tables from California.

The day started with a welcome by Ken Workman, the grandson of Chief Seattle. (I may be a great off.) Al Gore then welcomed us, followed by the governor of Washington. We were introduced to how the Climate Reality Project works. The organization is very impressive. There is a lot of volunteer labor, but there is also a lot of money. We are meeting in a large conference center in Bellevue. Coffee, tea and snacks are available are free all day.  Free lunch was vegetarian. Tonight there was a reception with hot and cold appetizers. Only the drinks were no host.

We heard from a council member of the Lummi Nation about how they blocked coal exports here and then broke for a networking lunch. I sat with the interfaith group. To my surprise, there was a young Asatru person at my table. The conversation centered primarily on Interfaith conference and climate change, although there wassomecuriosity about Cherry Hill Seminary, and I just happened to have brochures with me.

After lunch, Al Gore showed us his updated slide show. While much of it focused on what is actually happening and what we can expect in terms of extreme weather events, much of the positive news was new to me. Yes, the climate has and is changing, but technology is changing even faster. I have lots of new slides and data for my classes and presentations.ju

The day’s workshop ended with a session on communication, persuasive ways of talking about climate change.

I am impressed with the young people who are here and the level of enthusiasm. Most of the older people here are white, but there seems to be tremendous diversity among the younger attendees.

I am exhausted, but looking forward to tomorrow.

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