Celebrities Lend Support to Global Cool

As the U.S. Senate held its first global-warming hearing of the year—and as hundreds of scientists in Paris were finalizing a United Nations report on how climate change may affect sea levels—the London- and Los Angeles-based nonprofit Global Cool launched an international awareness effort. Among the highlights:

  • Celebrities were on hand to lend their vocal support, including actor Josh Hartnett, Jane’s Addiction cofounder Perry Farrell and The Doors’ John Densmore. Farrell and Densmore debuted “Woman in the Window,” a previously unreleased a cappella track by Jim Morrison, with music by Farrell (recorded by his current project, Satellite Party). With its prescient themes of environmental stewardship, the song will serve as Global Cool’s anthem.
  • At a press conference, Global Cool introduced its international coalition of scientific and entertainment leaders, who explained the science behind its solution to climate control. The nonprofit is funded by a consortium of blue-chip financial institutions, which have set a target of $250 million in support of its 10-year campaign.
  • Global Cool’s mission is to educate and motivate a billion individuals to change their habits to reduce CO2 emissions by 10 billion tons over 10 years. According to its scientific board, we are fast approaching a “tipping point,” at which the climate will become irreversibly unstable. Only by reducing emissions by a minimum of 1 billion tons per year can we forestall this point long enough to develop long-term energy solutions.
  • Global Cool aims to reach people worldwide through celebrity participation in live concerts, webcasts, SMS messaging, public-service announcements, personal appearances and performances. More than 100 artists have already committed to the campaign, including Maroon 5, the Scissors Sisters, Kasabian, KT Tunstall and Orlando Bloom.

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  • Finnmark 2007 Expedition  March 6, 2007 at 3:26 am

    Thought you might like to know that a unique dog-sledding expedition focusing on the early victims of climate change – leaving the UK for the arctic on March the 7th 2007.

    http://www.finnmark2007.com

    “We shall be travelling on dogsleds through Arctic Finnmark, from the Barents Sea to the Atlantic, a journey of close to 1,500 kilometres in rugged conditions and temperatures ranging from minus 10 degrees C to minus 35 degrees”
    The expedition focuses on the lives of an indigenous people of Finnmark, the Sámi. It’s a human story rather than a cold scientific story. It’s a drama that is easily relatable through interviews and observation – the effects of climate change will be made real and the implications more pressing by focusing on real lives.

    “. . . The fate of the Sámi is a forewarning of our own fate, if we don’t take action now. . .” Adam Munthe (Finnmark 2007 Expedition leader)

    The “action” Munthe refers to is the social and political change needed to reduce the speed of climate change, from government level down to the life choices of the individual.

    The Sámi are dependent upon reindeer herding as a way of life. The animals and the landscape are necessary to their survival and climate change is taking a toll on the reindeer herds’ migration patterns and eating habits. The impact will be made evident through field interviews with the Sámi about the changes taking place in their community.

    The Sámi have a 10,000 year history in Finnmark with a zero carbon footprint. The Sámi represent an example of how people can live with a zero carbon footprint. The Sámi’s lives have been sustainable for 10,000 years, but that sustainability is now under threat from climate change that is, according to an international consensus among scientists, accelerated by the industrial development of the West.

    The expedition seeks to highlight how the Sámi’s traditonal knowledge and sustainable practices are vitally important to the rest of the world as we battle against climate change.
    This British led expedition brings together a writer, social anthropologists and scientists from the UK and internationally.

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