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Al Gore: “a compelling moral purpose”

From his speech at the Poznan climate talks December ’08 full text here:

We must link poverty reduction with the sharp reduction of CO2 emissions, including reduced emissions from deforestation with reform of the clean development mechanism and adequate funding for adaptation that is essential and must be financed even though obviously mitigation and prevention are the primary task because without them adaptation would ultimately prove to be impossible.

… Our children have a right to hold us to a higher standard when the future of all human civilization is hanging in the balance. They deserve better, and politicians who sit on their hands and do nothing to confront the greatest challenge humankind has ever faced. This crisis does offer us the chance to experience what few generations have had the privilege of experiencing, a generational mission, a compelling moral purpose, a shared cause and the opportunity to put aside the pettiness and conflict of politics and narrower concerns to embrace a genuine moral generational mission. I believe that it is time between now and the gathering in Copenhagen 1 year from now for heads of state to become personally involved in meeting several times between Poznan and Copenhagen. I don’t think that they can stay disengaged from this process any longer.

James Hansen – Technology Perspective & Litigation, “Speak Truth to Power”

In 2008 interviews with ABC News, The Guardian, and in a separate op-ed, Hansen has called for putting fossil fuel company executives, including the CEOs of ExxonMobil and Peabody Coal, on trial for “high crimes against humanity and nature”, on the grounds that these and other fossil-fuel companies had actively spread doubt and misinformation about global warming, in the same way that tobacco companies tried to hide the link between smoking and cancer. He also blamed lobbyists for inaction on climate change, stating: “It’s the fact that money talks in Washington, and that democracy is not working the way it’s intended to work.”

via James Hansen – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

In his own words:

Tell Obama the Truth – the Whole Truth

Obstruction of Justice

Washington DC: Powershift 2009 National Youth Climate Change Summit

Powershift 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009 – Monday, March 02, 2009
801 Mount Vernon Place, NW
Washington, DC 20001

“From February 27th to March 2nd, 2009 thousands of young adults will converge on Washington, D.C. for Power Shift 2009, the second national youth summit to solve the climate crisis. At Power Shift 2009, young people from across the country will take a message of bold, comprehensive and immediate federal climate action to Washington, D.C.”

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Detroit: Air & Waste Management Association’s Annual Conference & Exhibition

Event Type:      Trade Show/Exhibition
Date:     Jun. 16-19, 2009
Venue:     COBO Center, Macomb Hall
Location:     Detroit, MI, USA

Mark your calendars now and plan to join us in Detroit for the Air & Waste Management Association’s 102nd Annual Conference & Exhibition (ACE).  Don’t miss your chance to network with top environmental professionals from around the world at ACE 2009.  The Conference will feature a technical program boasting over 500 speakers, hundreds of exhibitors displaying the newest products & services, social tours and networking events, and professional development courses taught by leading instructors.  ACE is the premier education, networking, and solutions event for environmental professionals.  Join us and be a part of a global conversation that will drive environmental progress.

Hong Kong: Eco Expo Asia 2009

Event Type:      Trade Show/Exhibition
Date:     Oct. 28-31, 2009
Venue:     AsiaWorld-Expo
Location:     Hong Kong, China

Eco Expo Asia is a comprehensive trade fair in Hong Kong that showcases the latest solutions, products and services in the environmental industry. In 2008, 123 exhibitors attracted over 6,000 visitors, 20% of which from overseas. The fair features a wide range of innovations regarding four specialised eco-areas: air quality, eco-friendly products, energy efficiency and waste & recycling. At the highly regarded concurrent event – Eco Asia Conference, international experts will share their insights and explore solutions to environmental issues.

Reykjavik, Iceland: EcoProcura 2009 – Climate Neutral through Procurement

http://www.environmental-expert.com/resultEachEvent.aspx?cid=11317&codi=6727&idproducttype=3&level=0&section=7

The aim of this conference is to exchange ideas, experiences, concepts and opinions on how sustainable procurement can contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to climate change. This unique meeting place provides a platform to promote exchange amongst purchasers from all levels of governments, policy-makers, product designers, suppliers, manufacturers and multipliers.

Event Type:      Conference/Seminar
Date:     Mar. 25-27, 2009
Venue:     Hotel Hilton Nordica, Reykjavik
Location:     Reykjavik, Iceland