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Climate Activists Nationwide Collecting Petition Signature at Al Gore's New Film, An Inconvenient Truth

**The Al Gore movie could change this country, but only if people like us utilize it now to build the movement to stop global warming.**

Dear Friends,      

Last weekend an important new movie about global warming, "An Inconvenient Truth," began playing in a limited number of movie theatres. This weekend and in coming weeks it will be shown in many more, at least 400 according to the movie's website, http://www.climatecrisis.net .

We urge you to go see it and encourage others to do the same. It's educational, inspiring and very timely.

We are also urging activists around the country to download the attached leaflet and sign-on sheet and use them inside the theatre, if possible, or outside it to help us build a stronger and broader movement on this issue.

The U.S. Climate Emergency Council, which is initiating this campaign, grows out of the work of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN). Over the last four years CCAN has grown from a small handful of people in Takoma Park, Maryland to, now, a region-wide organization working in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia. CCAN played a key role in recently passing state legislation in Maryland which reduces nitrogen, sulfur and mercury pollution and requires that the state join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a consortium of eastern states committed to mandatory CO2 reductions from power plants. CCAN worked actively with the Climate Crisis Coalition last fall in the organizing that went on around the Montreal U.N. Climate Change conference. The two groups collaborated again this spring organizing a successful national strategy meeting in New York City on April 30th, the day after the huge March for Peace, Justice and Democracy which called for action on the climate crisis.

Just last week the Climate Emergency Council organized a successful, 36-hour continuous vigil outside the headquarters of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in D.C. protesting its suppression of the growing number of scientific reports linking more frequent Category 4 and 5 hurricanes to global warming. There was national press coverage of this action.

**Let's Take Action Now**

The nationwide airing of An Inconvenient Truth offers us a major opportunity to reach out and dramatically increase the number of people who become active on this issue. We have put together the attached leaflet and sign-on sheet as resources toward that end.

Last weekend CCAN activists had success doing this in the D.C. area. At one theatre, thanks to advance outreach to the manager, a CCAN member was able to make a brief announcement inside the theatre before the movie began and then, afterwards, to distribute a clipboard with sign-on sheets. Over the course of the evening 400 people were signed up. Si, se puede!

The U.S. Climate Emergency Council is so committed to this effort that we are willing to pay $1.00 for every three names and emails signed up and sent to us. Those who have just seen An Inconvenient Truth are prime candidates for getting immediately and actively involved, and we need thousands of such people and new and stronger climate action groups all over the country.

Help us build the urgently-needed movement to slow, stop and reverse global warming!

For U.S.CEC,

Mike Tidwell       Director

Ted Glick Coordinator usajointheworld@igc.org 973-338-5398 ____________________________________________________________________________ Together, We CAN Save the Earth                 

An Inconvenient Truth tells a story whose time has come. It is urgent that we take action now to slow, stop and reverse global warming.  We should do all we can as individuals to reduce our use of dirty energy, but the climate emergency we are in calls for more, much more. All over the country, in neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, rural areas, towns and cities, we need organized climate councils to educate and activate larger and larger numbers of Americans. We need a powerful grassroots movement that will make our political leaders, whether Republican, Democrat or Independent, do the right thing and do it now!

 The U.S. Climate Emergency Council is a newly-formed national organization based in Washington, D.C. Our leaders have been active for years on local and national levels working to stop global warming. We support high miles-per-gallon hybrid cars, wind farms, solar houses, energy efficiency and conservation and more. We have formed and built effective climate groups around these solutions. We have led successful efforts to enact state laws to reduce global warming pollution. We have organized nationally-coordinated actions. We have experience and resources that can help you figure out how to be most effective where you are.

You can find out more at www.climateemergency.org, by calling Ted Glick at 973-338-5398 or sending an email to usajointheworld@igc.org.

Let us hear from you! Together, we can avert climate catastrophe and give hope to our children, born and unborn.
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