The entire Arctic ice cap could disappear by 2040.

With Al Gore at the Climate Project Seminar – January 2007

Last summer, Kevin Cole had a terrific idea: do a focused public service campaign on a specific subject – global warming. Guess who he put in charge of it? Frankly, I didn’t know a lot about the subject, but I was excited about the opportunity, and elicited help from two of our fantastic interns: Kate Krueger and Janice Headley. The first thing we did was go see the documentary An Inconvenient Truth. From the moment I left the theater I felt compelled to learn as much as I could on the subject.

My online research led me to The Climate Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to informing citizens about climate change as outlined in the film, and what they can do to help. Back in August I saw that they were taking applications for people to become presenters – to come to Nashville and learn how to make the slide show presentation shown in An Inconvenient Truth. On a whim I sent in an application. And guess what? I was chosen. Out of thousands of applicants, this humble programming assistant from a funky little radio station in Seattle was chosen to attend.

My training was last week; two intense days with Mr. Gore, scientists and other advisors, learning all about global warming – the science, the ramifications, the solutions. There were 200 people there – including Cameron Diaz (although she only stayed for half a day and I’m still not sure what she was doing there). This was truly one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had. Mr. Gore spent close to 12 hours lecturing, college professor-style, and educating us on his presentation.

Scientists predict that the window for change is only about ten years. Did you know that the entire Arctic ice cap could disappear over the summer by 2040 if we continue business as usual? As a parent I’m haunted that my daughter and her generation could be condemned to this if we don’t change our ways right now.

I’ll spend the next few weeks going over the slides and practicing in front of family and friends. There are 266 slides in the full presentation! Starting in February I’ll begin giving the presentation to groups, including an edited version for young people, to schools, community groups and leaders, and maybe even at Town Hall. I would love to give the presentation to families so that they can learn together about global warming and what they can do together at home to help.

If you have a group who would like to host a presentation let me know, or resources that people should know about, shoot me an email – For more information on The Climate Project go to their website, and for tips on how you can help go to our webpage.

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  1. Posted January 11, 2007 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Wow. Yet another reason to adore KEXP.

  2. Posted January 23, 2007 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    Congratulations that you were the one working in this project team.

    I think it is terrible that in 2040 parts of europe and america will be under water :-( and we should be looking for a solution now.

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  2. […] When I was on the way home from my training with Mr. Gore last January, I thought about how much I wanted to share this information with my eight-year old daughter. I wanted her to learn about the environment and climate change; to get excited about Earth and Environmental Science; to understand why I was always nagging her to turn off lights, to not put clean clothes in the laundry hamper and not use so much “stuff.” The more my daughter has learned about climate change and what’s happening to the Earth, the more engaged she has become with our efforts at home to reduce our energy consumption and carbon emissions. We’ve become a carbon neutral family, and she’s part of it. […]

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