• 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: 1,668
    Worldwide: 20,198
    Trainings
    Europe: 4
    Worldwide: 41

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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Peter and Daniela

Slovakia

Climate Reality Leader Peter Krajcik, and his wife Daniela Pirselova, an honorary Climate Reality Fellow, organised the second Climate Conference Slovakia (CC.SK). The event attracted over 600 participants, including representatives of business, government and the European Parliament. The first CC.SK took place in 2017. A year later, the Slovakian Government announced the phase-out of coal, and today Slovakia supports the EU 2050 net zero carbon goals, proving that dialogue really does drive progress. Kudos to Daniela and Peter for the inspiring initiative!

Photo: Daniela and Peter with Professor Katharine Hayhoe at CC.SK.

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Rosa and Milan

Hungary

Rosa Anders and Milan van der Meulen rocked the stage of Budapest's Sziget Festival in August 2019. They demanded that Europe act now on climate by introducing solutions such as sustainable transport, zero subsidies for fossil fuels, and carbon pricing. Their inspirational speech reached over 10,000 festival-goers. Rosa and Milan represent the next generation of Climate Reality Leaders, demonstrating that youthful energy can change narratives across Europe. Thank you Rosa and Milan for your powerful message!

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Yanna and Filip

Ukraine

Climate Reality Leaders Yanna Badet and Filip Raketic gave presentations in Kyiv, Ukraine, during the 24 Hours of Reality campaign. They had the opportunity to meet young people and the media, as well as members of the Ecological Committee of Kyiv City Council. As the capital considers renewing its Ecological Strategy, Climate Reality Europe is ready to support stakeholder engagement in order to develop a 21st-century plan. Thank you Yanna and Filip for paving the way in Kyiv!

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Leaders
in the
spotlight

Peter and Daniela

Peter and Daniela

Slovakia

Rosa and Milan

Rosa and Milan

Hungary

Yanna and Filip

Yanna and Filip

Ukraine

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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Marion Enzer

Marion Enzer

France

After 10 years of experience in social intrapreneurship and CSR between Paris and Chicago, Marion made a switch in her career with the dream to work for an environmental NGO.  She is now in charge of Marketing & Development at "Fermes d'Avenir", a French association dedicated to promoting organic farming, agro-ecology and permaculture.  Marion has lived in China, the US and Ghana, and during her spare time she tries to raise her two twin-boys the more sustainably as she can !

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Molina Gosch

Molina Gosch

Germany

Molina Gosch works for a Green Party member of the German Parliament in Berlin and has over a decade of climate activism behind her. In 2016, she participated in Fossil Free Berlin’s successful divestment campaign, as a result of which Berlin voted to ban coal, oil and gas companies from the city’s pension fund. Molina’s commitment to climate activism is in part motivated by a desire to protect her native town, which lies on the Baltic Sea coast, from sea level rise. Molina trained as a Climate Reality Leader in Mexico City in March 2018. She served as a mentor at the Climate Reality training held in Berlin in June 2018 and has been the German volunteer coordinator for Climate Reality Europe since May 2019.

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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

Sweden

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

Marion Enzer

Marion Enzer

France

Molina Gosch

Molina Gosch

Germany

Paola Fiore

Paola Fiore

Italy

Katharina Paoli

Katharina Paoli

Sweden

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