Al Gore has a major op-ed in the New York Times today on global warming. He writes:
This is not a political issue. This is a moral issue, one that affects the survival of human civilization…. Put simply, it is wrong to destroy the habitability of our planet and ruin the prospects of every generation that follows ours.
Gore explains that next week’s Live Earth concert — which Climate Progress will blog live on — will focus on action and ask “everyone who attends or listens to the concerts to sign a personal pledge to take specific steps to combat climate change.”
You can read and sign the seven-part pledge at algore.com. Here it is:
1.To demand that my country join an international treaty within the next 2 years that cuts global warming pollution by 90% in developed countries and by more than half worldwide in time for the next generation to inherit a healthy earth;
2.To take personal action to help solve the climate crisis by reducing my own CO2 pollution as much as I can and offsetting the rest to become “carbon neutral;”
3.To fight for a moratorium on the construction of any new generating facility that burns coal without the capacity to safely trap and store the CO2;
4.To work for a dramatic increase in the energy efficiency of my home, workplace, school, place of worship, and means of transportation;
5.To fight for laws and policies that expand the use of renewable energy sources and reduce dependence on oil and coal;
6.To plant new trees and to join with others in preserving and protecting forests; and,
7.To buy from businesses and support leaders who share my commitment to solving the climate crisis and building a sustainable, just, and prosperous world for the 21st century.
Kudos to Gore for making Live Earth about action, not music!