Porto's Coliseu hosts the Climate Change Leadership summit (link) this Friday with a luxury group of speakers, including two Nobel peace prize laureates: Barack Obama and Mohan Munasinghe!
Obama and Bo, his Portuguese water dog, running through the White house's hallways.
The weather this Spring and in these first days of Summer has been totally unpredictable here in Portugal. Even if we experience clear skies and a beautiful sunrise over the Douro river, there's the chance we have a nasty thunderstorm by the end of the afternoon... and that is not how things were, 20, 30 years ago.
So, yes, climate change is a reality. And it will challenge every one of us, forcing us to change.
In Porto, the wine industry has gathered a few important speakers to raise awareness and inspire people to take action to mitigate some of the effects. This international conference is the first of many planned till 2021 to address this topic, and in specific, the climate change implications for the wine production. The lack of water and the shift in the harvest traditional times are obvious concerns but there are many others.
We met Dara from Atlanta this morning at the same hotel that Obama will be spending the night tomorrow. They will miss one another as she is flying back to US today...!
Even though I have no idea if Barack Obama truly likes jogging, he was - still is - an inspiration to me and his 'yes, we can' attitude is obviously in the mind of every entrepreneur, not only in the sustainable tourism sector.
Obama and Biden running and having their post run stretch (2014's Let's Move program)
Really looking forward to hear what two other guest speakers have to say: Irina Bokova, former Director General of Unesco, will reveal how climate change is affecting treasured places worldwide and Juan Verde's talk will revolve around the topics "Sustainability, renewable energy, agribusiness and biomedicine as a new model of economic development" and he will also be the one to ask Obama the 25 key questions about the "impacts and challenges of climate changes in the world" during the conversation that will close this summit.
As to me and the Porto Running Tours's team, we will keep on 'raising awareness' here in Porto, one running tour at a time ;)
Sérgio is the founder of PRT, a keen runner since 1999 and a friendly running tour guide since 2015.
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