By Sekyen Dadik
Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF) Congratulates Gloria Kasang Bulus, the Executive Director, Bridge that Gap Initiative, over the prestigious Climate Reality’s Green Ring Award by Nobel Laureate and former US Vice President, Al Gore.
AMDF is happy to celebrate with Gloria, with whom we have partnered to promote climate issues in the media over an honour well deserved.
Gloria, a climate activist in Kaduna, Nigeria is the only African among four climate Reality Leaders to be presented the Alfredo Sirkis Memorial Green Ring Award at the 44th Climate Reality Leadership Corps Global Training, a virtual event to train attendees with practical skills and knowledge to build an equitable and inclusive movement for climate action and climate justice.
A statement released by organizers of the event said: The award honors Climate Reality Leaders who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to their roles as climate communicators and activists.
The latest honorees – Kasang Bulus, Nana Firman, Ximena Loría, and Tim Guinee – have led efforts to educate their communities about the climate crisis, worked to build support for critical solutions, and collectively mentored hundreds of trainees through the process of becoming a Climate Reality Leader.
Previously called the Green Ring Award, the Alfredo Sirkis Memorial Green Ring Award was recently renamed to honor the life and legacy of former Brazil Branch Director and climate champion Alfredo Sirkis, who passed away earlier this year. His family honored his request that he go to his final rest wearing his Climate Reality green ring.
“Nana, Gloria, Ximena, and Tim exemplify the purpose and heart of what it means to be a Climate Reality Leader,” said Al Gore. “Their tireless dedication to educating and mobilizing people around urgent climate action is exactly the kind of inclusive, community-based leadership we need to solve the climate crisis and create a better future for ourselves and future generations.”
The Climate Reality Leadership Corps Global Training is the 44th Climate Reality Leadership Corps training, and the first to be held entirely in a virtual format. In response to COVID-19, Climate Reality moved programming online to ensure that climate activists around the world could participate in the movement for climate solutions safely and effectively. More than 10,000 people signed up for the virtual training, which included educational panel discussions, keynotes, and presentations from world-class scientists, NGO and business leaders, and grassroots organizers.
Upon completion of the program, participants joined a network of more than 21,000 Climate Reality Leaders from 154 countries around the world. These activists work together to build public awareness of global climate challenges, share the good news about the practical solutions in our hands today, and strengthen public support for leaders at all levels of society, who are committed to climate action.
The Climate Reality Project founded by Al Gore is working to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every sector of society. With a global movement more than 5 million strong and a grassroots network of trained Climate Reality Leader activists, we are spreading the truth about the climate crisis and building popular support for clean energy solutions.
Gloria trained as a Climate Reality Leader in Washington State in 2017 and directs Bridge that Gap, an NGO working on the climate crisis, and a variety of other humanitarian issues, furthering the education of women and children.