Jean Ambrose and Giulia Mannarino, co-vice chairs of Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action and recently certified members of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, will debut “Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project,” a presentation on climate change effects and solutions, at Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action’s first public meeting of 2018. The January 18th Third Thursday program will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 1400 Washington Ave., Parkersburg.

Ambrose and Mannarino completed an intensive training program through The Climate Reality Project. Created by former Vice President Al Gore, the Climate Reality Leadership Corps empowers citizens to take forward conversations about the dangers of climate change and organize their communities for action.

“We got started by promoting a local screening of Al Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” Ambrose said. “Now we’re ready to take the next step, with a program tailored to our neighbors here in the Mid-Ohio Valley.”

“Part of our training gives us access to thousands of images compiled by Gore and the Climate Reality Project, ” Mannarino said. “As the saying goes, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words,’ and we believe this visual evidence of what global climate change is doing to our planet is likely to move people into action — especially since we can help them find ways to make a difference.”

Groups or schools interested in scheduling a presentation can contact Giulia Mannarino (304-863-8484 or “We learned so much about what people all over the world are doing to take action against the dangers of climate change,” Mannarino said. “It’s empowering to know that positive things are happening, and we’re eager to share that knowledge with the Mid-Ohio Valley.”

Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action focuses on raising awareness of the solid science establishing the danger of climate change and the urgency of dealing with it. MOVCA is affiliated with and is the Parkersburg chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby and a Science Booster Club for the National Center for Science Education. The group also collaborates with other environmental groups on campaigns and events in the MOV.