Alumnus, Climate Reality director Molina to speak at Ozarks on April 10

Release Date: 4/1/2014

Mario Molina, a 1998 University of the Ozarks graduate and a program director for the Climate Reality Project, will speak at the U of O on Thursday, April 10, as part of the University's Walton Arts & Ideas Series.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. in Baldor Auditorium, located in the Boreham Business Building. The event is free and open to the public.

The title of Molina's talk at Ozarks is "The Reality of the Climate Crisis and its Solutions."

Mario Molina '98

Mario Molina, a U of O alumnus and program director for the Climate Reality Project, will speak on "The Reality of the Climate Crisis and its Solutions," at 7 p.m., April 10, in Baldor Auditorium.

As director of the Climate Reality's Leadership Corps Program, Molina is responsible for the design, strategy, and outreach for the Climate Reality Corps trainings and engagement program in the U.S. and abroad. Molina joined Climate Reality in April of 2013 and spearheaded the training of more than 2,000 volunteers in Istanbul and Chicago that year. Molina has wide-ranging international project management experience and a strong background in using metrics and analytics to orient program objectives and measure results.

Based in Boulder Colo., and Washington D.C., the Climate Reality Project was founded and is chaired by former vice president and Nobel Laureate Al Gore. The non-profit organization focuses on climate change education and countering climate change denial campaigns worldwide. It is dedicated to unleashing a global cultural movement demanding action on the climate crisis. Since its establishment in 2006, the Climate Reality Project has trained approximately 6,000 people across 100 countries as volunteers for the project. As of 2013, the organization operated eight offices worldwide and is active in more than 30 countries.

A native of Guatemala, Molina graduate with a degree in biology from Ozarks and went on to earn a master's degree in biology from Appalachian State University, where he focused his research in GIS modeling of wetland ecosystems. Before joining Climate Reality, he served as the deputy director for the Alliance for Climate Education in California, a program that reached more than 1.3 million students across the U.S with climate science curriculum.