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This evening Nobel Prize Winner and former Vice President Al Gore gave a live webcast organized by Power Vote. Power Vote is a nation-wide non-partisan campaign the Energy Action Coalition has put together to try to motivate a million young voters who will pledge to vote for a clean and just energy solution and to hold political figures accountable for moving to reach that goal.
I'm finally back from Netroots Nation, which despite being a conference for bloggers is so packed that it's almost impossible to find time to write.
I had an amazing time. Highlights: going all fan boy when I met netroots success story Donna Edwards (who later showed up at one of the many parties over the event and stood on the bar to make some remarks), met some very nice folks from the Jeanne Shaheen campaign and other organizations, and was ecstactic over a very special surprise guest.
Also, some guy with funny ears sent in a message.
I have had the opportunity to attend the first two days of the "Change It" conference in Boston which is being sponsored by Greenpeace and Seventh Generation. There are more than fifty young people present. Each of them has a passion for the environment, but they are all very different. Students have come from the South, like Florida, from New England, from places like Vermont and from the Mid-West and each of them had so much energy and excitement. I actually ran into a YP4 fellow at the conference, Betsy Ott from Northern Michigan University. Everyone is at the conference with the hope that when they go back to their campuses they can change it.
So I haven't planned my Oscar Night Party yet and it's less than a month away. Actually I've never sat through an entire show or even attended an Oscars Party, much less hosted one. I like movies, but the Oscars always seem to be the same. Someone's dress causes all sorts of drama because it shows too much skin. Two celebrities tell a bad joke before announcing the nominations. The winner thanks their mother or Jesus in a predictable acceptance speech. Not even Jon Stewart could draw me in when he hosted.
This year could be different though. I'll admit--I am not happy about Dreamgirls getting snubbed in the best picture nominations, but I may be enticed to watch anyway. Al Gore's former campaign manager hinted that Al might have more to say than the typical acceptance speech should he win an Oscar for An Inconvenient Truth. Read here.
Al Gore's Climate Presentation Trainings are expanding this fall to start training over 1,000 people to educate other in their local communities. The effort aims to get as many youth involved as possible. To apply to be a participant, you have to click here. If you're a YP4 Fellow who is applying, let us know so we can flag your application. Email your program associate or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The training will focus on the science behind the presentation Al Gore has been making for more than two decades as seen in the film An Inconvenient Truth. This program will help trainees to become presenters.
Training sessions will begin in late September in Nashville, Tennessee, and continue through January. Each training session will take place over a two-day period and will be free of charge to those applicants who are selected. Trainees will receive a "Tool Kit" containing a handbook, handouts for their audiences, presentations, and all other materials necessary to make a presentation of their own.
On the heels of An Inconvenient Truth, Who Killed the Electric Car? profiles the flash-in-the-pan success and mysterious disappearance of the Electric Vehicle (EV).