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The Courage to Act

(2) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 4:32 PM

What an incredible week! I just returned from the TED conference in Vancouver. The highlight may have been breakfast with Al Gore. Having worked with him on An Inconvenient Truth, I've seen him speak dozens of times on climate change issues and he never fails to teach me something new...

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The Way Forward

(22) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 8:42 AM

In 2005, I saw Al Gore present his climate change slide show for the first time. It was then that I had the inspiration to make the movie, and by the next year we released An Inconvenient Truth, the full-length documentary based on his presentation. The following year, the film...

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America's Young Minds: A Neglected Renewable Resource

(12) Comments | Posted March 16, 2012 | 9:20 AM

Seven years ago, I had the privilege of working with former Vice President Al Gore to produce the film An Inconvenient Truth. At the time, awareness of global climate change was growing, but urgency around solutions was lacking. The film helped create a moment where that all changed. It wasn't...

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The Indispensable Choice: Eliminating Nuclear Weapons

(40) Comments | Posted December 14, 2011 | 8:40 AM

Today, I will have the honor of receiving from United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon the UN Correspondents Association Advocacy of the Year Award for my work in the Global Zero movement to eliminate all nuclear weapons. Since I and one hundred international leaders from around the world launched the...

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Congress: Stop Denying An Inconvenient Truth

(519) Comments | Posted June 17, 2011 | 10:05 AM

Wednesday night, I was honored at the National Wildlife Federation's Voices for Wildlife gala.

I salute the National Wildlife Federation for its 75 years of tireless effort to help save our wildlife, their habitat, and to fight global warming. They worked with Vice President Gore's Climate Project, an effort to...

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Countdown to Zero: Investigating Our Most Urgent Security Threat

(50) Comments | Posted April 12, 2010 | 10:55 AM

Earlier this week, I was excited to be in Washington, DC with Jeff Skoll, founder of Participant Media and the leaders of Global Zero, to screen our new film, Countdown to Zero, for a high-level DC group. The film is an edge of the seat wake up call about the...

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Calling All Youth Activists In L.A.: The Youngest Candidate Is The Film You Have To See

(5) Comments | Posted June 25, 2009 | 1:27 PM

There is nothing more inspiring than speaking to a young person who is determined to change the world and make it a better place.

So when Jason Pollock pitched me his film The Youngest Candidate, a documentary about teenagers running for public office, I couldn't resist. I thought about...

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Remembering David Carradine

(92) Comments | Posted June 5, 2009 | 12:34 PM

Like so many people, I am shocked and saddened by the news of David Carradine's passing. It's funny: there's nobody I know who doesn't love David Carradine. And in the many months that we worked together, he always showed up on set -- on time -- with a smile on...

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Thoughts on the Clinton Global Initiative

(10) Comments | Posted September 27, 2007 | 12:43 AM

This is my first CGI event and obviously there were so many incredible people there doing extraordinary things, I wanted to talk about a few things that really moved me. Just as the day began, Jennifer Hanley, who does communications for President Clinton, was running down the hall to prepare...

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The Pusher Plagiarizes "Addiction to Oil"

(26) Comments | Posted February 6, 2006 | 12:34 AM

I'm one of those people who don't blog much because I'm not a facile writer and it's just hard for me to slow down at the computer in this multi tasking world to organize my thoughts. But I have not been able to stop fuming after the State of the...

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Iraq and Good Will Hunting

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2005 | 3:44 AM

Last week I received the Torch of Liberty award from the ACLU. It was a very moving event for me, in part because one of my dearest and closest friends, Arianna, was the one who presented it to me. As I told the audience, I first met Arianna in...

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(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2005 | 4:00 AM

Around six million children have been prescribed Ritalin and millions more have abused the drug recreationally. Anti-depressant use has "soared over the past decade," carrying a doubled risk of suicidality. One in five American teenagers have used prescription painkillers to get high. Steroid abuse...

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