Saturday, April 12, 2008


It is either spring or the apocalypse - how do I know? Pat Robertson and Al Sharpton just joined forces with Al Gore to make a commercial about climate change.

I know, they make strange, uh, er bedfellows -Sorry, I couldn't resist, and if there actually is a hell, I am pretty confident that I am already going anyway. Apparently, these two religious leaders feel so strongly about the need to protect the environment, regardless of religious beliefs or political affiliations, that they have made this spot to promote unity and action.

While these two could use a little work on their comedic timing, their message is clear - get more All jokes about the apocalypse aside, the world is at a crucial point with regard to climate change.

So what to do, if you are not a former Vice President or prominent religious leader? Here are 4 simple ways to get more involved:

  1. Join We Can Solve It. This new organization offers ideas for action and solutions to help heal the climate crisis. After you have joined, encourage your friends to do the same.
  2. Pledge to cut back on your carbon emissions. Earth Hour and Facebook have teamed up to offer a Zerofootprint Carbon Calculator that not only allows you to calculate your yearly emissions, but also offers suggestions for ways to reduce them.
  3. Attend or host an Earth Day Event. Founded in 1970 by a senator and his small staff, Earth Day has grown into a global day of awareness and action. Find an event near you here.
  4. Join forces with, Author Bill McKibben's latest campaign to stop global warming. What is the significance of 350? McKibben explains that "350 is the red line for human beings, the most important number on the planet. The most recent science tells us that unless we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, we will cause huge and irreversible damage to the earth."
If Al, Al, and Pat can put aside their differences and join forces in what may be the oddest threesome yet, it is clearly time for all of us to follow suit.

1 comment:

Libuse Binder said...

There will be a whole series of the We Can Solve It ads. You may have already seen the one with Nancy Pelosi and Newt Gingrich. Climate Change - no longer a partisan issue - glad that's settled.