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Laurie David Interview with Greener Living Today

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Laurie David is a global warming activist, producer and author. Best known for her efforts to stop global warming, she founded the Stop Global Warming Virtual March and has produced many other projects that bring the issue of global warming into the mainstream, including the release of her first book, Stop Global Warming: The Solution Is You!
As a producer her credits include An Inconvenient Truth, starring Al Gore and the HBO documentary Too Hot Not to Handle.

She recently agreed to be interviewed by Greener Living Today.

Greener Living Today:
How did you get your start in the entertainment business?

Laurie David:
I got a much sought after low-paying researcher job at the Late Night with David Letterman show. 

Greener Living Today:
What moved you to take up the cause of global warming and when did you become a full time activist?

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My concern about global warming coincided with the explosion of SUVs. All my friends were driving them and no one was connecting the dots between the low fuel economy of these cars and the additional global warming pollution these cars were emitting.  I started to read everything I could on the subject including Boiling Point by Ross Gelbspan and by the time I was finished with that book, I was a 24/7 obsessed activist.

Greener Living Today:
How did you become involved with the filming of “An Inconvenient Truth”?

Laurie David:
I was hosting a town hall meeting to celebrate the premiere of the Hollywood film The Day After Tomorrow and Al Gore was one of the speakers. He did a six minute version of his slideshow. After the event, I asked him if he would do his longer version for opinion leaders in New York and Los Angeles that I could put together and he said “yes.”  The rest is history.

Greener Living Today:
In addition to “An Inconvenient Truth”, you produced the HBO documentary “Too Hot Not to Handle.” What was that documentary about and do you have similar film projects planned for the future?

Laurie David:
That film premiered on HBO and was about the effects of global warming in the United States.  It is also available on DVD and is a very powerful hour highlighting how global warming is already impacting this country.  I highly recommend it for your next Netflix order.  

I don’t have any film projects planned at the moment, but we are still virtually marching every day at StopGlobalWarming.org.  Log on and join us. We are over a million two hundred fifty thousand strong.

Greener Living Today:
The Natural Resources Defense Council is celebrating its twentieth anniversary in Southern California. Please tell us about your involvement with the council and the role it plays in the battle on global warming.

Laurie David:
I am so proud to be a part of the NRDC because I think they are the most effective environmental group in the world.  There was no such thing as an environmental lawyer until they became the first ones almost 40 years ago. John Adams who founded the organization and Frances Beinecke who is the current president are two of my personal heroes.

It only costs $10 to become a member of the NRDC, which I think everyone should do because NRDC is doing the heavy-lifting, and the hard work and fighting the good fight every day of the year.

The staff of the NRDC is also the most impressive group of passionate, smart people I have ever come across. 

Greener Living Today:
Can you explain more about the Stop Global Warming Virtual march and what it entails?

Laurie David:
The reason why we started the virtual march is because we were looking to express the fact that we should really be marching every single today to demand solutions to global warming. One of the goals of the virtual march is to educate the public about the effects of global warming and also the great things that are happening to combat it. So for every person that signs up to virtually march, we count them as an activist and once every few weeks we send them an email blast which we hope our marchers will pass on to their friends.  Also on the site are inspiring statements from prominent Americans, including governors, mayors, senators, musicians and athletes.  Did I mention the website? Go to StopGlobalWarming.org and join the march so we can count you as someone who wants solutions to global warming now.

Greener Living Today:
You are well known as an outspoken promoter of hybrid vehicles. What kind of an automobile are you driving today and what direction do you see US auto makers heading?

I’m still driving a Prius and many of my friends are, too.  And I’m still very disappointed in the lack of ingenuity and urgency coming out of Detroit, but I do look forward to someday soon having a plug-in hybrid or a great electric car, whichever comes first.

Greener Living Today:
What sort of changes would you like to see the average person make in order to have a real impact on global warming?

Laurie David:
I think there are so many things an average person can do to be part of the solution because the truth is we will not get to where we need to go unless we really have a shift in consciousness.  We have to start protecting our resources and thinking differently about how we live.  Let’s just start with plastic. Plastic comes from oil, we have turned into a disposable society, why is it still acceptable for us to use plastic for single use items?  There are a whole host of changes that people can make in what they purchase that comes wrapped, stored, and packaged in plastic.  Water is an obvious item, but just look around the kitchen and in your bathroom and all around your house and you would be shocked to see how much unnecessary plastic you are living with. And don’t get me started on the shopping bags.  Do you buy recycled paper products? Do you compost? Do you car pool? The list is endless and the impact enormous.  But, it’s also important not to feel overwhelmed and give up.  My philosophy has always been you don’t have to do everything, but everyone does need to do something.

You can learn more about Laurie David and her projects by visiting the following sites:

http://www.lauriedavid.com
http://www.stopglobalwarming.org

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