Chelsea, MI: Eric Harrington, Climate Reality Project

In anticipation of Earth Day 2014, on April 21st (7:00-8:30 pm in the McKune Room of the Chelsea District Library), Eric Harrington will speak about the climate change issue in a presentation entitled “Our Chaotic Climate Future.” He will discuss the current global situation, and also bring it closer to home with information on the effects of climate change on the Great Lakes and the State of Michigan. His presentation is based on the work of the Climate Reality Project, founded by Al Gore following the release of his movie and book “An Inconvenient Truth.” 

According to the Climate Reality website, 

“The Climate Reality Project is dedicated to unleashing a global cultural movement demanding action on the climate crisis. Despite overwhelming international scientific consensus on climate change, the global community still lacks the resolve to implement meaningful solutions. The Climate Reality Project exists to forge an unwavering bedrock of impassioned support necessary for urgent action, and to ignite the moral courage in our leaders to solve the climate crisis.” 

Eric spent three days in Chicago during the summer of 2013 being trained to be a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, along with over 1200 other people from all 50 states and approximately 75 countries. “It was quite an experience, learning the ins-and-outs of the presentation, as well as methods of using stories to make such presentations personal and persuasive. In addition, meeting people from all over the country and the world was inspirational,” Harrington said. The training has also led to involvement in the Citizens Climate Lobby, which is campaigning to institute a carbon fee-and-dividend on fossil fuels.

In his daily life, Eric is a sustainability consultant with a mission to help businesses save money, reduce risk, and enhance their brands by implementing sustainability strategies such as waste elimination, toxics reduction, and the like. Before becoming a solo sustainability consultant, he did sustainability work for organizations as diverse as the US Department of Energy, Interface Corporation, and NSF International.