5 questions for global warming activist Laurie David
Global warming guru Laurie David, producer of the Academy Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth
starring Al Gore, pops into town tonight to speak at the Colorado Convention Center. She's here to wrap up a month of "green" events sponsored by the Denver Public Library and Greenprint Denver, the city's program of environmental initiatives. The event is sold out.
1 What's it like to be the producer of an Academy Award-winning film?
What's amazing to me is how many people have seen that movie and how many people are buying DVDs. Every single article you see (on global warming) now mentions the movie, and it's been personally gratifying to see.
2 What was it like to work with Al Gore?
By the time I was done working with him, I was begging him to adopt me. He's like a father figure to me, one of my heroes. He's so charming and lovely
and smart and funny. He makes fun of himself; he's got a great sense of humor. He's dry and he laughs at other people's jokes.
3 If you could have dinner with Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), who called global warming the "greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people," what would you say to him?
There's something in my heart that makes me believe if I could get 10 minutes with these guys, I could change their mind. I would love to have dinner with Inhofe. We're at the point where we have to do something big to stop global warming. I would want him to watch the movie. I would pop the popcorn. I would pick up the check (for dinner).
4 So how do you react to the Bush administration's stance on global warming?
It's terrifying. I've spent a lot of time saying to people that I believe the changes are going to come when these guys are still in office. I don't personally believe we have two years to waste before we start solving this. I'm not focused on '08. I'm focused on right now. Here's a perfect analogy: if you had a choice between being in a 5 mile-per-hour car accident or a 50 mile-per-hour car accident, what would you choose? I would choose everything we have to do avoid the larger collision ahead.
5 What changes have you made in your own life?
I don't believe everyone has to do everything. I don't do everything. It's about everyone doing something. I have changed as many lightbulbs as I could to (higher efficiency) bulbs. I started a new idling rule at the school carpool lane (cars dropping and picking up kids can't idle their engines more than 30 seconds). I bring a garment bag to the dry cleaners (instead of having the dry cleaners wrap her clothes in petroleum-based plastic). I drive a hybrid.
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