Corrina Serda Returns from Climate Project North America

Science & Technology

Dr. Rajendra Pachauri & Corrina Serda


Corrina Serda, the 13 year old climate change presenter who has given 140 presentations to 24,000 people, has just returned from The Climate Project North American Summit in Nashville.

The Climate Project is an international non-profit founded by former Vice-President Al Gore, with a mission to increase public awareness of the climate crisis at a grassroots level worldwide.

"So much has changed since I first started giving presentations in 2007,"Corrina said. "Itıs no longer about convincing people the climate crisis is real; it's about showing them how much power they have to help stop it."

Corrina was introduced to the audience with thunderous applause on the last day of the conference, which focused on strategies and tools for generating broad, swift action on climate change.

While at the Summit, Corrina was able to meet Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in addition to getting reacquainted with former Vice President Al Gore. The panel and Mr. Gore shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for helping to make climate change a top global priority.

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"The poorest, the weakest communities in the world are going to be affected the worst," Pachauri said. "We need to move to a new model of development. Lifestyle changes aren't too much to ask. Why not, if this way of life is imposing a huge burden on the rest of the world?" he said to applause.

Now that 2,600 trained presenters around the world have taken information to an estimated 5 million people, getting strong climate legislation passed is the next step, the group said. A huge priority was placed on generating as much support and momentum as possible before this coming December's climate negotiations in Copenhagen.

The event was held at the Hutton Hotel, an eco-hotel in the heart of Nashville. Corrina, along with her mother Victoria Serda, carpooled with four other Canadian presenters to minimize their environmental footprint.

Corrina would like to acknowledge the donations from the Southampton and Port Elgin Rotary Clubs toward her trip.

For more information, please contact:

Victoria Serda,
Lead Mentor, The Climate Project Canada
519.832.2368 (day)
519.389.5779 (evening)
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