Green Celebrities: Al Gore

As the grand finale of this series of posts I thought I would give you the one you all expected from the beginning Al Gore. He is a celebrity not for being a tv or movie star but rather a politician and an activist. He is a Nobel Prize winner (the only one on the list), author, award winning star/producer of one of the leading movies about the environment, and pioneer in other ways we can make a change in the environment. Below is a list of several of his accomplishments and I think alot of you might be suprised to know what he is involved in.

An Inconvient Truth is a documentary that came out in 2006 which basically went in depth outlining the effects global warming will have on our environment and how it will affect our world. The movie won rave reviews from both the movie world and the political world. The format was innovative, it is basically Al Gore making a presentation with various interviews and news clips edited throughout. It presents amazing facts of what has happened and scary predictions for the future if things continue the way they are. The movie has continued to live on to be an educational tool for businesses and even children in school.

The Climate Project consists of 2,500 dedicated volunteers from throughout the United States, Australia, Canada, India, Spain, and the UK, all personally trained by Al Gore to educate the public about climate change. TCP presenters have reached a combined 4 million people worldwide. The goal of the organization is that by raising the awareness of our fellow citizens about this crisis and informing them about potential solutions, all of us, together, can preserve the climate balance on which humanity and our planet depend. The group started in June of 2006 with 1,00 volunteers that were trained to  give the slide show that is featured in an Inconvenient Truth. By the end of last year they have already made 20,000 presentations with an estimated total audience of over 2 million people.

Gore shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his efforts “to disseminate knowledge about man-made climate change.” The Nobel committee cited Gore as “the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures that need to be adopted” to halt global warming. Gore shared the prize with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations (UN) agency comprising more than 2,000 climate scientists and experts. The Nobel committee has increasingly focused on environmental issues in awarding the Peace Prize because the exploitation and control of natural resources, such as petroleum and freshwater, have become conflict issues, as well. The committee noted that global warming “may induce large-scale migration and lead to greater competition for Earth’s resources.” Gore donated his half of the Nobel prize money to the Alliance for Climate Protection.  (from Encarta Online)

Current TV is a tv station that started in 2005 with viewer submitted videos on all day. The Current TV website descrbes that channel as the: “world’s leading peer-to-peer news and information network. Current is the only 24/7 cable and satellite television network and Internet site produced and programmed in collaboration with its audience. Current connects young adults with what is going on in their world, from their perspective, in their own voices.” But it is much more than a You Tube for tv. I have spent a good amount of time watching this channel and there are several thought provoking segments that are about more than just the environment. It is an innovative idea and I have to say I am not surprised that Al Gore is involved in it.

Al Gore was also instrumental in organizing and promoting the Live Earth worldwide concert to increase awareness about global warming. He is also Chairman of Generation Investment Management. Generation’s mission is:

  • Deliver superior investment performance by taking a long term investment view and integrating sustainability research within a rigorous fundamental equity analysis framework.
  • Create long term client partnerships by delivering unique investment insights and exceptional client service.
  • Attract, retain and develop the best professionals within a passionate investment culture through a commitment to Our Values.

The Generation Investment Management offices are also located in some of the most environmentally state of the art buildings. They have offices in New York (that they are moving into very soon) and London both of which are certified by their countries leading environmental standards (Platinum LEED in NY and Excellent BREEAM in London). They do not stop at the construction of their offices but they are also committed to being carbon neutral through purchasing off sets for both business operations AND the personal actions of employees and their families.

Al Gore has set an amazing example of how to get the word out about an important issue and use the resources available to him to get people to act.

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