Al Gore officially kicks off his new Climate Reality Project on Sept. 14 with an ambitious global event called “24 Hours of Reality.” It will broadcast a call to action on climate change once an hour for 24 hours, in every time zone on the planet. Gore gave Grist’s David Roberts the lowdown on the project in July. Grist will have a live feed of the event starting 7:00 p.m. CT, so tune in on Wednesday. 

To generate buzz, the project released a couple of goofy videos featuring opera singing.

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Was Gore inspired by the forthcoming but long-delayed “Inconvenient Truth” opera being developed by the La Scala opera house in Milan? If so, what does it mean that the diva gets squished by the planet?