• Who we are

    THE CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT
    IS ABOUT PEOPLE

    Acts of Leadership
    in 2019
    Europe: 3,000+
    Worldwide: 47,000+
    Trained Climate
    Reality Leaders
    Europe: 2,722
    Worldwide: 31,374
    Trainings
    Europe: 4
    Worldwide: 43

OUR CLIMATE REALITY LEADERS

Our volunteer Climate Reality Leaders catalyse action in response to the climate crisis by means of presentations, personal outreach, dynamic digital initiatives and inspirational events. Their goal is to influence the political narrative in order to make the Paris Agreement a reality.

Climate Reality Leaders come from various backgrounds, from high school students to top business managers. They form a dynamic group of world changers who are shaping the conversation on climate everywhere, from the family dinner table to international summits. Together, they are building a 21st-century movement for solutions.

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Kristin

Germany

Kristin Noack participated at the Cimate Reality leadership corps training in Berlin in 2018. With the strong belief that every person’s impact matters she has since been focusing on reducing her own impact and to be part of the solution. Which also made her improve her skills in content creation and marketing - to become a better blogger and promoter of sustainable causes & non-profits; she has recently joined the Climate Reality Europe Comms Team to help share the message and promote climate education through our Instagram channel.

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Jo

United Kingdom

Dr Jo Durgan is not only a great speaker but also an inspiring community organizer within our network. Since the 2017 Pittsburg training she has registered >600 Acts of Leadership, and mentored twice. As a research scientist she realized that, while vital, lab work contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emissions and pollution. She has developed a 'Green Labs' initiative to tackle this at the Babraham Research Campus, Cambridge, home to hundreds of academic scientists and 60 biotech companies. This scheme is proving that research institutions can reduce their environmental footprint, without disrupting scientific activities, and that this can also save valuable funds to reinvest in research. Jo now delivers talks on this work to scientists and institutes across Europe.

What motivates Jo to be a Climate Leader is a sense of responsibility to her kids, and everyone in their generation, and by the sense that tackling the climate crisis also gives us an opportunity to create a healthier and more equitable world.


 

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Sander

Netherlands

Sander van Attekum joined Climate Reality in 2019, by today he is one of the most active European Climate Reality Leaders with over 100 Acts of Leadership. He was among the mentors of Climate Reality Leadership Corps Global trainings supporting his mentees beyond the frames of the trainings. In September and October, he co-organized a series of webinars for 100+ Climate Leaders to help them to prepare for the 24 Hours of Reality presentations. 

What inspires Sander to be a Climate Reality Leader is a great network of fellow Climate Reality Leaders that is always there to support, inspire and encourage to make a real difference in these challenges, without feeling overwhelmed or lonely.

 

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Leaders
in the
spotlight

Kristin

Kristin

Germany

Jo

Jo

United Kingdom

Sander

Sander

Netherlands

TRAININGS IN EUROPE

The training programme takes great leaders and makes them exceptional. Training is provided on climate science, communication, and organisation, helping leaders to tell the story of climate change and inspire their communities to action.

2007

Seville

The first European training attracted 213 volunteers, mainly from Spain.

2007

Cambridge

43 Climate Reality Leaders from the United Kingdom were trained.

2013

Istanbul

A unique event that brought together 430 Climate Reality Leaders from different continents.

2018

Berlin

697 volunteers joined us, many of them from Central and Eastern Europe.

VOLUNTEER COORDINATORS

Volunteer national/regional coordinators support the most active national/regional teams in Europe. Coordinators devote their time and energy, as well as their experience and skills, to engaging with selected programmes and assisting active Climate Leaders.

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Patrick van der Meulen

Patrick van der Meulen

Benelux

Patrick van der Meulen is an entrepreneur and sustainability professional with a focus on developing solutions to the world's major challenges. In his second year of undergraduate studies at the Hanze University of Applied Science, Patrick launched an electric car on the Dutch market. This led him to found the company enie.nl in 2013, along with his father and brother, with the goal of making solar energy accessible to all. Patrick is hopeful that his work in innovative entrepreneurship will support others in making the clean energy transition.

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Shérazade Zaiter

Shérazade Zaiter

France

Shérazade is an international legal and business expert with more than 15 years of professional experiences related to the management of projects in developed and emerging countries. Speaker at international conferences on environmental issues related to climate change and businesses. Member of the CIDCE (Centre international de Droit Comparé de l’Environnement) and of the GNHRE (Global Network for Human Rights and the Environment). She is also a lecturer in international trade and environmental law at the University of Limoges. Shérazade was trained as a Climate Leader in Berlin in 2018. Shérazade has lived and worked many years in Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Tunisia and she is now in Limoges, France where she served since 2020 as a city councilor.

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Enno W. Steffens

Enno W. Steffens

Germany

Enno W. Steffens is a consultant, trainer and speaker on sustainability and communication. His guiding principle: Planet, People, Profit. With Enno’s support, companies and organizations not only achieve the crucial transition to renewables, they also secure their long-term viability and help safeguard everyone’s existence on a sustainable planet. Enno studied engineering and holds an MBA. Throughout all stages of his career in the utilities industry, he has supported companies in transitioning into sustainable enterprises by focusing on renewable energy and responsible processes. Today he is a passionate SDG advocate and an official Climate Reality Leader. 

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Paola Fiore

Paola Fiore

Italy

Dr Paola Fiore is a sustainability management and communications specialist, sustainability professional coach and climate change advocate. Paola partners with corporate and non-profit management to create a culture of sustainability, put responsible leadership principles into practice, and find the right balance between economic, social, environmental and climate policies to drive innovative, sustainable business prosperity, increase profits and enhance brand reputation. She empowers old and new generations of innovators and leaders by helping them to define their vision, strategies and goals, as well as to refine their accountability and decision-making process and lead personal and organisational change towards sustainability and climate resilience.

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Katharina Paoli

Katharina Paoli

Nordics

Katharina Paoli is an entrepreneur, public speaker and nudging expert with a passion for behavioural design and sustainable business. She is the founder and CEO of Nudgd, which has a mission to make sustainable choices easy by combining behavioural psychology and digital solutions. Katharina is also the founder and chair of A Win Win World, a co-creation platform promoting action for a sustainable future; and chair of Nudging Sweden, a network that aims to initiate, manage and promote behavioural change for a sustainable future. As founder of the Wildflower Group, she helps businesses and startups to develop sustainable business models.

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Patryk Bialas

Patryk Bialas

Poland

Patryk Bialas is an urban activist and campaigner. He is the leader of the urban movement BoMiasto and is one of the founders of the Silesian Climate Movement. He is also the director of the Centre for Innovation and Expertise at the Europe-Centrum Science and Technology Park in Katowice. He was leader of Katowice Smog Alert for years. Patryk Bialas has worked for many years in the fields of regional development and the commercialisation and transfer of technology. His areas of interest include the green economy, air quality improvement, renewable energy and energy efficiency in buildings. Since 2019, Patryk has served as a Katowice city councillor.

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Alvaro Rodriguez de Sanabria

Alvaro Rodriguez de Sanabria

Spain

Alvaro Rodriguez is the founder and director of the environmental services company Arka Consulting in Madrid. With a doctorate in circular economy from Complutense University of Madrid, he is an expert on recycling, energy efficiency, sustainable construction, climate change and sustainable mobility. Alvaro was the first chair of the International Environment Council at the global recycling industry federation the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR). He is the communication, corporate social responsibility and international director at the Spanish Association of Communication Directors (DIRCOM), and director for environment and renewable energies at the IMF Business School in Madrid.

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Francesca Camilla Bruno

Francesca Camilla Bruno

Switzerland

Francesca Camilla Bruno is the regional coordinator for Switzerland. As a global business developer, her professional experience spans multi-sector projects ranging from impact venture capital, agriculture and commodity investments to air quality control systems, climate and environmental impact assessment. Having trained as an environmental engineer, Francesca is a passionate advocate of positive global transformation, with a strong drive for ethical global development and sustainable growth. She enjoys analysing complex topics and designing opportunities for, and innovative approaches to, the development of sustainable strategies and solutions. Her ambition is to integrate the vision of sustainable and ethical growth into the dynamics of the business world.

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Mark Chivers

Mark Chivers

United Kingdom

A life-long activist, Mark Chivers has focused on climate campaigns and initiatives for over a decade. Having qualified as an engineer, he has worked in financial services for much of his career alongside activism and studying for a BSc in geography and environmental science. He co-founded, and now leads, the Zero Carbon Dorset project, which aims to identify what the County of Dorset (c. 780,000 residents) needs to do to be a net zero county by 2030. This involves engaging stakeholders across local government, academia, businesses and community organisations to define, measure and track progress towards this goal. Mark trained as a Climate Leader in Istanbul in 2013 and has been the UK volunteer coordinator for Climate Reality Europe since late 2019.

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Patrick van der Meulen

Patrick van der Meulen

Benelux

Shérazade Zaiter

Shérazade Zaiter

France

Enno W. Steffens

Enno W. Steffens

Germany

Paola Fiore

Paola Fiore

Italy

Katharina Paoli

Katharina Paoli

Nordics

Patryk Bialas

Patryk Bialas

Poland

Alvaro Rodriguez de Sanabria

Alvaro Rodriguez de Sanabria

Spain

Francesca Camilla Bruno

Francesca Camilla Bruno

Switzerland

Mark Chivers

Mark Chivers

United Kingdom

BRANCH STAFF

As well as supporting Climate Reality Leaders on the ground and catalysing action, the Branch staff actively promote European policy efforts together with partner organisations.

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Zsolt Bauer

Zsolt Bauer

Hungary

Zsolt Bauer spent close to 20 years in the communication industry with multinational communication agencies such as BBDO and Ogilvy. Between 2003 and 2017, he worked for the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe as head of communications and PR. In 2009, he became a trained presenter of Al Gore's Climate Reality Project, and since 2015 he has been managing its European Branch.

He is a member of the Club of Budapest Global Executive Council and a former member of the board of the Hungarian Business Leaders Forum.

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Spela Bandelj Ruiz

Spela Bandelj Ruiz

Austria

Spela Bandelj Ruiz is programme coordinator for The Climate Reality Project Europe. She also works for the branch's host organisation, Greenpeace CEE, on a European collaboration project. Her involvement in regional Greenpeace campaigns has given her valuable experience in project management. She is also a trained facilitator. She previously worked as a coordinator at the Centre for Energy Solutions in Ljubljana and did an internship with the European Commission in Slovenia. Špela holds a master's degree from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Ljubljana.

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Zsolt Bauer

Zsolt Bauer

Hungary

Spela Bandelj Ruiz

Spela Bandelj Ruiz

Austria