"Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors."

-Jonas Salk

Thursday, July 12, 2007

an email from Al Gore

Shameless copy of a shameless message from Al Gore follows. People who have a visceral dislike of Mr Gore are advised to look away. In his defense I rather doubt he wrote this thing. Would he really repeat the same request three times? Three times? Three times?

Nevertheless, I surely have more than five friends among my dozens of repeat visitors. So please join me and Irene. Sign up, be counted and help build a serious, moderate and non-ideological but smart and committed movement to get global change under control, because politics as usual isn't enough.
Dear Friend,

Thank you! Because of your hard work, millions of personal commitments have been made via the Web and SMS in 178 countries and 35 territories around the world. And our concert was not limited to 7 venues, but instead took place at parties and events in more than 10,000 homes and communities.

A decade from now, when people look back on Live Earth, what they will remember isn't what happened during the show -- instead my hope is they remember what happened after. More than 2 billion of us joined together on 7.7.07 and with one voice demanded an end to the climate crisis. We now have the responsibility to carry this movement forward and force our leaders to take action.

We need to take the first step today and make sure every single person possible joins us. That's why, right now, I need you to email five of your friends. Ask them to sign the Live Earth Pledge by visiting:


All of the actions we take from here on out to solve the climate crisis will be based on a simple premise: our home, Earth, is in danger. We don't risk destroying the planet, but instead risk making it inhospitable for human beings.

We have put so much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere that we have changed the heat balance between Earth and the Sun. And if we don't stop soon, the average temperature will increase to levels that will end the favorable climate balance on which our civilization depends.

The world must come together and direct our governments to take on a global challenge. Our leadership is a precondition for success.

We need to demonstrate that we have reached the tipping point where political will demands our representatives take action to solve the climate crisis. That's why it's so vital that millions of people sign the Live Earth Pledge.

Ask five of your friends to sign the Live Earth pledge today by visiting:


The climate crisis offers us the chance to experience what few generations in history have had the privilege of experiencing: a mission; a compelling moral purpose; a shared cause; and the thrill of being forced by circumstances to put aside the pettiness and conflict of politics and to embrace a genuine moral and spiritual challenge.

Please email five of your friends right now. Ask them to join us in this cause and sign the Live Earth Pledge today by visiting:


Our work begins now.

Thank you,

Al Gore


Anonymous said...

Chain letters are bad netiquette though, and some universities ban them outright in their computer services.

Michael Tobis said...

I had mixed feelings about the message; I am sure it got caught in some spam filters. Nevertheless, understanding readers of this blog aren't the core target of this initiative, I still recommend signing up and being willing to participate.

Whether politics can ever be more respectful and adult than this remains to be seen. You at least have to give Mr Gore credit for understanding the problem (see his latest book "Assault on Reason").