So, the Rev. Pat Roberson and the Rev. Al Sharpton are sitting on a couch…
It sounds like the setup line for a bad joke, but in reality, the two are having a serious discussion about one of the few topics they agree upon - global climate change.
The Alliance for Climate Protection’s “We Campaign” tapped Robertson and Sharpton to appear in a recent television commercial titled, “Coming together to protect the planet” that is part of a larger campaign aimed at raising awareness about global warming.
In their 30-second spot, Sharpton and Robertson sit on a couch in front of a beach with waves crashing in the background, discussing how they don’t see eye to eye too many things, but on the issues facing our planet they agree that “taking care of it is extremely important.”
“I am honored that Al Gore asked me to be a part of this campaign urging people to take care of the planet,” Robertson said on the Christian Broadcasting Network. “It’s just common sense that we ought to be good stewards of the environment, and do everything within our power to protect this fragile planet that we all live on,” according to an account on the wecansolveit.org web site.
House speaker Nancy Pelosi and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appear in a similar commercial titled, “Speakers speak out on climate change.”
Using the U.S. Capitol as a backdrop for their ad, Pelosi, a liberal Democrat, and Gingrich, a conservative Republican, find common ground on this issue. “We don’t always see eye to eye, do we Newt?” says Pelosi. “No, but we do agree our country must take action to address climate change… if enough of us demand action from our leaders, we can spark the innovation we need,” responds Gingrich. Pelosi closes the ad with a pitch for viewers to visit wecansolveit.org saying “together we can do this.”
The Alliance for Climate Protection is a non-profit organization begun by former Vice President Al Gore after he won the Nobel Prize in 2007. Its mission is to educate people about the urgency of adopting solutions that address climate change. The Alliance’s board of directors include former EPA administrators Carol Browner, Orin S. Kramer and Lee Thomas, as well as former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft and Theodore Roosevelt IV, the great-grandson of President Teddy Roosevelt.
To date, over one million people have joined the We Campaign to encourage governments and businesses to join the effort to help stop global warming.