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Former US Vice President Al Gore, left, and singer Pharrell Williams, right, enjoy the view on the roof top of the Congress Center where the World Economic Forum took place in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 21, 2015.  Gore’s organization, The Climate Reality Project (CRP), will host its 36th leadership activist training session from Oct. 17 to 19 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. (AP Photo/Michel Euler/File)

When President Donald Trump said he was “elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” while announcing the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement in June, it became a viral story. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto saw it as an opportunity to market Pittsburgh as a leader in addressing climate change on Twitter, TV and elsewhere. He and the mayor of Paris co-authored an op-ed in the New York Times, “embracing the global challenge of fighting climate change.”

But what can a city like Pittsburgh realistically do to mitigate climate change? How can one inspire climate action on the local level?

Former Vice President Al Gore’s organization has been doing it for years by training “climate reality leaders.” This year, the “activist training” will take place in Pittsburgh with support from the Heinz Endowments*. The application period is open until September 12.



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