Follow Us on Twitter

Live Earth: Al Gore issues global rallying call

Al Gore kicks off Live Earth

Compiled by Jack Foley

AL GORE issued a rallying call to the world at the halfway stage of the global Live Earth concerts, urging people to take a seven-point pledge in order to protect our environment.

Broadcast live from Washington DC, the former US Vice-President began by paying tribute to Native American Indians for being very eloquent in explaining what we’re doing to the Earth.

He then made reference to the numerous attempts to discredit his campaign by stating that the global support for the Live Earth concerts was evidence that people were waking up to the issue and realising that something had to be done to prevent global warming.

He then issued his seven-point pledge and encouraged people to sign on.

The pledges are:

I pledge…

1. 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;

2. To 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;

3. To 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;

4. To work for a dramatic increase in the energy efficiency of my home, workplace, school, place of worship, and means of transportation;

5. To fight for laws and policies that expand the use of renewable energy sources and reduce dependence on oil and coal;

6. To plant new trees and to join with others in preserving and protecting forests; and,

7. To 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.

Gore finished by predicting that our children and grandchildren would be asking one of two potential questions in years to come.

The first – “what were they thinking?” – is the version he didn’t want to hear, which meant that people had refused to heed the warnings of scientists and allowed the world to continue being destroyed by global warming.

The second – his preferred choice – “how did they get their act together and find the moral courage to solve the climate crisis?”

He then referenced a speech made by America’s “greatest president”, Abraham Lincoln, which stated: “We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.”

Re-directing it towards the people of every nation, no matter how big or small, he concluded: “We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we’ll save our planet.”