Al Gore writes in today’s NY Times.

Next Saturday’s Live Earth concerts on all seven continents around the globe “will ask for the attention of humankind to begin a three-year campaign to make everyone aware of how we can solve the climate crisis.” In conjunction with the concerts, individuals are being are being asked to make some commitments to reduce carbon emissions and to help “shape and drive government action.” Gore writes:

To this end, we should demand that the United States join an international treaty within the next two years that cuts global warming pollution by 90 percent in developed countries and by more than half worldwide in time for the next generation to inherit a healthy Earth. […]

Our children have a right to hold us to a higher standard when their future — indeed, the future of all human civilization — is hanging in the balance. They deserve better than a government that censors the best scientific evidence and harasses honest scientists who try to warn us about looming catastrophe. They deserve better than politicians who sit on their hands and do nothing to confront the greatest challenge that humankind has ever faced — even as the danger bears down on us.

Read the full op-ed here.