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A Day with Mr. Al Gore, Dr. R.K. Pachauri


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.

The Climate ProjectTCP 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.


Author: Govind Singh

Govind Singh is the Co-Founder of Delhi Greens organisation and has initiated the Youth Climate movement in the country. After having completed his Masters in Environmental Studies from the School of Environmental Studies, University of Delhi, and his PhD on Urban Ecology and Sustainable Development in the same University, he is now teaching Environmental Studies in the University of Delhi.

5 thoughts on “A Day with Mr. Al Gore, Dr. R.K. Pachauri

  1. I was one of the delegates who had the privilege of being selected for this program and also meeting Mr. Al Gore and Dr. Pachauri. Ever since my return home, I have had the opportunity to see and read “The Inconvenient Truth” which have substantially reinforced the logic behind the reality of global warming and I have resolved to make a sincere effort to spread the message to as many as I can. What I, further, found refreshing about the program was the opportunity to hear and discuss, in so many years, about the mountains, rivers and wildlife rather than the usual, discourses on development or management.

    Nature, wildlife and photography has been a personal passion since many years and I am now inspired to devote more and more time to it not merely as a hobby but by intervening to bring about change. Can anyone suggest a way to get involved?

  2. Dear Mr. Probir Bose,
    We did not have the pleasure to meet at the program but am glad you found us here. By posting your useful inputs here, you have already involved yourself towards bringing a change. However, we would like to hear more from you and it would be nice if you can send us details of the good work that you have been doing.

    Govind Singh

  3. Dear Govind,

    If I recall correctly, we were on the same table on the second day with facilitator Stephen Mills, Karuna Singh of American Center, Kolkata, Air Marshall Nanda Cariappa and others. One has not had the opportunity to do much work on environment or climate but after finishing school from Mayo College, Ajmer and graduation from St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta, I have previously served for 22 years in the corporate business sector and thereafter more than 10 years in the development sector in the field of livelihoods, rural tourism and NGO management. I have worked as a consultant to the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Udaipur Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Udaipur, Rajasthan from 1999 – 2001 backstopping a rural tourism project and, later, supporting the large rural industries and cluster development programs of the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), in Eastern India from 2001 to 2004. Currently I am managing a premier development organization in North India, based in Lucknow.

    Best Wishes,

    Probir Bose

  4. Indeed, I do recall now! My table had vanished the next day and I’d migrated to another, to have met all the wonderful people you mention – including yourself!

    Great to read about all the nice work..will just get in touch through mail.


  5. Pingback: The Climate Project, Sierra Club launch India chapters : EcoWorldly

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