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Published on October 30th, 2008 | by Jerry James Stone

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Disney And Al Gore Help Mobilize Teens To Fight Climate Change

October 30th, 2008 by


The Magical World Of Disney And Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth Are Bringing Teens Across America To The Front Of The Line In The Fight Against Climate Change.

About 2,000 teens have signed on with an organization called Inconvenient Youth to tell their friends, neighborhoods, generation and anyone who will listen that the time to take action is now. Why? The founder of Inconvenient Youth, Mary Doerr, believes the young people “can solve it.” [social_buttons]

Hell, why not. If they can make Britney Spears a pop icon they can do anything. But let’s hope this goes better than that did.

After seeing An Inconvenient Truth presented by Al Gore at Stanford University, Doerr started the organization. Thanks to Disney, thousands of America’s youth will hear Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth presentation across the country and Disney concerts will showcase ways to reduce a carbon footprint. Of course anyone who has been to Disneyland might chuckle at the idea – I doubt the Disney‘s castle is lit with CFLs.

Nonetheless, Doerr hopes the next phase of IY will place more students into the offices of elected officials to push for enacting real change. Currently, IY provides small- and large-scale tools for energy efficiency: Unplug electronics when not in use or lead a school energy audit. IY’s agenda includes ways to communicate about climate change and tips on handling government officials in a professional and appropriate manner.

“it’s been amazing to see such a strong reception to our efforts so far, and we’ve only just begun,” says Doerr. The organization launched just last summer, and has motivated hundreds of teens and adults to make changes.

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is a web developer, part-time blogger, and a full-time environmentalist. His crusade for all things eco started twenty years ago when he ditched his meat-and-potatoes upbringing for something more vegetarian-shaped. His passions include cooking, green tech, eco politics, and smart green design. And while he doesn't own a car anymore, he loves to write about those too. Jerry studied at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA. During his time there he was a DJ at the campus station KCPR and he also wrote for the campus paper. Jerry currently resides in San Francisco, CA with his cat Lola. You can stalk him on Twitter @jerryjamesstone.



  • Sherry Jones

    Unfortunately for Disney, they seem to be hitting a few financial roadblocks. I'm sure it's really nothing major, but in case you'd like to know more, here's a good place to look: http://www.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/showlink

  • Michelle Ivan

    Disney??!!! They have one of the biggest carbon footprints on the planet! The audacity! I don’t know how Disney can pretend to have any integrity in the anti-climate change movement. Disney, you need to carefully walk around your amusement parks and really let it sink in… all those turkey legs coming from where? The lights, everywhere! The water use, the devastation of wetlands in Florida, the travel that people do to visit you (millions of people!), the energy it takes to operate the complex rides. Please….

  • Data Loss Horror Stories

    I really think that this whole Gore thing is simply a cult of personality. I understand the need to think save the environment, but certain things have to be taken with a grain of salt.

  • http://www.ghostwritinguncovered.com/Blog Amanda Evans

    What a great idea. Afterall, the teens are the next generation of voters and if they can recognise what needs to be done to combat climate change now, then they will continue to do so in the years to come.

  • http://www.fatfoogoo.com gMoney

    I think it’s a testament to the power of Gore’s film that even though it’s a few years old now, it’s continuing to inspire a new generation of enviroactivists.

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