NEW YORK — Al Gore on Thursday called on people around the world to sign a "7 Point Pledge" promising personal action in curbing global warming.
The former vice president unveiled the pledge at a press conference to promote Live Earth, the July 7 event of concerts stretching across the globe. Gore was joined by Live Earth founder Kevin Wall and Cathy Zoi, the CEO of the Alliance for Climate Protection.
Audiences at the eight Live Earth concerts and its many other events will be asked to sign the pledge, also available at LiveEarth.org. It asks individuals to:
- Demand that my country 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.
- Take personal action to help solve the climate crises by reducing my own C02 pollution as much as I can and offsetting the rest to become “carbon neutral”.
- Fight for a moratorium on the construction of any new generating facility that burns coal without the capacity to safely trap and store the C02.
- Work for a dramatic increase in the energy efficiency of my home, workplace, school, place of worship, and means of transportation.
- Fight for laws and policies that expand the use of renewable energy sources and reduce dependence on oil and coal.
- Plant new trees and to join with others in preserving and protecting forests.
- Buy from businesses and support leaders who share my commitment to solving the climate crises and building a sustainable, just and prosperous world for the 21st century.
"Quite a few of the seven points are directly designed to put pressure on governments and on businesses, but do so by asking people around the world to help to focus that pressure," said Gore.
Gore, Wall and Zoi signed the pledge and were soon thereafter followed by Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi, leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, who jointly announced their signing in a press release.
"It's a significant start to what we hope will be a worldwide rollout," Gore told The Associated Press after learning of their signing.
"The general theory behind Live Earth is we need to get this information about the crisis and solutions to it to every person on the planet, as many of them as we can reach," said Gore. "And then they will, armed with knowledge, put pressure on all political leaders."
Gore will attend the Live Earth concert at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, where the Police, the Smashing Pumpkins, Alicia Keys and others will perform. Concerts are also planned in England, South Africa, Brazil, China, Japan, Australia and Germany.
"It's not just a big pop concert," said Wall on Thursday. Wall, an Emmy-winning concert producer, said that Madonna, Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas and others have written songs specifically about the climate crises for Live Earth.
Gore, whose slide show on global warming was the subject of the Academy Award-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," is a partner in Live Earth. Besides the concerts, over 6,000 parties in 119 countries — ranging from home viewings to museum festivals — are to be held. Gore urged more to organize a Live Earth party through AlGore.com.
The concerts will be streamed online at liveearth.msn.com and broadcast in the U.S. on NBC, Telemundo, the Sundance Channel, Bravo, MSNBC and Universal HD.
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