Al Gore’s big announcement:

the Oscars have gone green. Find out more HERE and watch Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio make the announcement at tonight’s Academy Awards:

[flv http://video.thinkprogress.org/2007/02/goreoscar.320.240.flv]


Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, the thrice-nominated Leonardo DiCaprio and Vice President Al Gore.

DICAPRIO: So, Mr. Gore, we’ve got a big crowd out here tonight and an even bigger one at home. Is there anything you might want to announce?

GORE: I’m just here for the movies. I’m just here for the movies, Leo, and I’m here to thank the talented people in this great industry who have been part of the mission to inspire a successful response to the climate crisis. And thank you Leo for being such a great ally in this effort.

DICAPRIO: Thank you sir. The American film industry has always taken its obligations to society very seriously and it’s stepping up once again. Tonight, we’re proud to announce for the first time in the history of the Oscars, this show has officially gone green.

GORE: Which means that environmentally intelligent practices have been integrated fully into every aspect of the planning and production of these academy awards. And you know what? It is not as hard as you might think. We have a long way to go, but all of us can do something in our own lives to make a difference.

DICAPRIO: Check out www.oscar.com to get ideas from the Academy and the National Resources Defense Council, the NRDC, about how you can do your part. Now, although our time is almost up, I want to say I’m very proud to be standing next to such an inspirational leader in the fight against global warming. You are a true champion for the cause, Mr. Gore.

GORE: Well, thank you.

DICAPRIO: Now, are you sure, are you positive that all this hard work hasn’t inspired you to make any other kind of major, major announcement to the world here tonight?

GORE: Well, I do appreciate that, Leo. And i’m kind of surpised at the feelings welling up here actually. You’ve been very convincing. Even though I honestly had not planned on doing this, I guess with a billion people watching, it’s as good as time as any. So, my fellow Americans, I’m going to take this opportunity right here and now to formally my intention — [music]