Thursday, March 01, 2007

An opportunity to advance action on Climate Change

Dear readers,
Rather than forward this email to everyone in my address book, it seems better to post it on my blog. That way only those who want to read it will do so. I hope you all will read it and take action.

I was thrilled when "An Inconvenient Truth" won an Oscar, as did the Melissa Etheridge song which was its theme. I'll bet many of you were too.

I received this email today with the request that Americans send Mr. Gore (our former next president) their letters and emails of support for action by Congress. I am placing it here in hopes that you will write letters and send emails in support of action by Congress on climate change.

Al Gore wrote:

From: "Al Gore" <>
To: all of us on the planet (I removed the forwarder's name)
Subject: Our Next Step
Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2007 17:00 -0500

When the producers of An Inconvenient Truth first
approached me with the concept for the film, I was
skeptical. Could we really take a slideshow about
the climate crisis and turn it into a compelling
movie? Davis Guggenheim's Oscar win for best
documentary and a second one for Melissa Etheridge's
beautiful song "I Need to Wake Up" was a testament
to their ability, but it was also a testament to

It was you who packed the theaters and got your
friends to go see this film, greatly increasing the
audience. And then this past December, it was you
who connected through and to
attend An Inconvenient Truth viewing parties. At
those parties and in the weeks that followed, nearly
200,000 of you wrote to Congress, demanding that
they address the climate crisis like the planetary
emergency that it is.

Even though I have been a life-long movie fan, I
didn't really understand how big of an audience a
movie could reach. And of course I never would have
imagined in a million years that a movie that I was
a part of would receive two Academy Awards� or one� or
would have ever been made in the first place! As
humbling as this moment is, An Inconvenient Truth
will only succeed if it drives all of us to take
action. That's why I'm asking you to join me in the
next stage of our fight. On March 21st, I'm going
testify at Congressional hearings on the climate

This is an incredible opportunity to demonstrate to
Congress that we demand immediate action. And I
need your help to really make this moment count.
Can you commit to getting 10 friends to send their
message to Congress through before March
21st? The more voices I can bring to Washington,
the more powerful our message will be.

To get your friends involved, just forward them this
note or direct them to:

There is no longer a debate about the fact that
global warming is real. We're causing it. The
consequences are serious, and could be headed
towards catastrophe if we don't fix it. And it's
not too late. I don't want to imagine a future in
which our children say, What were our parents
thinking? Why didn't they wake up when they had a
chance? And I know you don't either.

The hundreds of thousands of you who signed messages
to Congress showed me what's possible. Working
together we can unite millions of people and build
support for real action on a scale that has never
been seen before.

Help me take the first step and fill up that hearing
room with your signatures. That picture alone will
send a powerful message.

Can you commit to getting ten more people to send
messages to Congress demanding action to stop global

I'm looking forward to working with you on this
monumental task.

Thank you,

Al Gore

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