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Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Gore's $300m Pres. campaign intervention for the earth

Al Gore launched a huge multi-million dollar advertising campaign on 60 Minutes (US Primetime current affairs) on Sunday. He calls climate-change deniers 'flat-earthers'. Here's the report:

Having previously posted 'Climate Change nowhere in US Elections and the world should worry' all I can say is thank g*d.

Here's their first advert, which is going on American Idol amongst others:

And here's the website where you can find out more about it - and one big reason why it's needed:
Urge the Press to Ask About Global Warming
The press has been asking the presidential candidates hundreds of questions on a range of issues, but seldom asks about the greatest threat to our planet: the climate crisis. I want to know how the next President -- Democrat, Republican or Independent -- is going to address this critical issue. Don't you?
Please add your name to this petition and we will deliver it to the key media outlets. Together we can ensure this topic gets the attention it deserves.
A League of Conservation Voters’ study found that ABC's George Stephanopoulos asked presidential candidates more than 767 questions -- only 5 of which were related to global warming. CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked more than 402 questions -- only 5 were about global warming. Sadly, other political commentators and reporters have shown a similar disregard for this key issue.
It was also 'Earth Hour' on Saturday. It's a global campaign, launched by Sydney, where lights are turned off for an hour (8-9pm). Here's the advert for that:

More on the WWF website. And see YouTube for lots of 'ground-zero' videos by Aussies about the experience - looks like fun!

According to the BBC:
In Britain, 26 councils dimmed lights, as did Prince Charles' private residence, Highgrove House and Winchester cathedral.

On the south coast, Brighton turned off the lights on its pier, and in London - which was not officially involved - lights were turned down at City Hall.

In the Irish capital, Dublin, the floodlights were turned off at the Custom House, the home of the Environment Department.

But in the city's financial district many lights were left on.

"The banks should have embraced this wholeheartedly and they didn't," said Cathy Flanagan, an Earth Hour organiser in the city. "But it's a start. Maybe next year."
Capital Radio initiated a one-off 'lights out' in London last year, but it's hard to understand what's wrong with taking part on the same day as countless other cities in such a great global initiative.

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