October 30th, 2008 by Jerry James Stone
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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