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Repower America Amplifies Thousands of Voices for Action on Clean Energy and Climate on Historic Repower Wall

November 2, 2009

Using a groundbreaking, multimedia approach, business, faith, military, science and environmental leaders join thousands of grassroots supporters to “add your voice”

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, the Alliance for Climate Protection’s Repower America campaign unveiled a new campaign designed to demonstrate broad national consensus for action on clean energy and climate. An integrated multimedia effort supported by an online, field and advertising campaign, the new Repower effort centers around a virtual “Repower Wall,” where thousands of people have already uploaded messages of strong support for action to create clean energy jobs, safeguard America’s economic and national security future, and solve the climate crisis. The Repower Wall may be accessed at www.repoweramerica.org/wall.

“The Repower Wall shows once and for all that Americans support immediate action to build a clean energy future and solve the climate crisis,” said Alliance for Climate Protection President and CEO Maggie L. Fox. “Americans from all walks of life are joining the call to share their resolve to move America forward. As they do, the numbers and voices swell to a wave that will break and show our leaders that we are past ready for a clean energy future.”

Already, more than 12,000 individuals have added their faces and voices to the Repower Wall, and more than 40 leading corporations and non-governmental organizations have contributed their logos to the effort – including Fortune 500 Companies like Nike, Gap, Inc., Avon, PepsiCo, Starbucks, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Staples, eBay and Exelon.

Calling on people across the U.S. to add their own message of support to the Repower Wall, a combination of notable names and everyday Americans are featured in a pair of national television ads titled “Voices” and “Faces” that also began airing today. The campaign has attracted a wave of messages from workers, business executives, military veterans, faith leaders, elected officials, entertainers, activists and people from across the country, demonstrating the deep and broad support for swift action on climate change and a transition to a new 21st century clean energy economy. See a list of notable endorsements below.

The wide array of reasons for supporting a transition to a clean energy future is evident in one of the campaign’s television ads. In the “Voices” ad PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi’s remarks, “Because some of America’s most trusted companies know clean energy will create new industries and new jobs.” General Brent Scowcroft reminds viewers, “Because climate change threatens our national security,” while singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow adds, “Because millions of people believe it will make a better future for our children.” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, businessman Ted Turner, the Reverend C. Douglas Smith, actor Hill Harper and many others are also featured in the national ad.

As supporters upload their photos, videos and messages of support for clean energy and climate action, they actually become the voice of the campaign’s efforts on TV, in print, on billboards, online and in brand new forms of communication that will go directly to elected leaders.

“One of the most powerful ways we can advocate for action is by giving voice to the great diversity of individuals and organizations that share the belief that the time to act for clean energy is now,” said Repower America campaign manager David Boundy. “This is the real grassroots at work. Americans are ready for our leaders to take the necessary action that will usher in a clean energy economic revival and make our nation safer and more energy independent.”

The Repower America campaign will roll out new versions of the television ads, featuring different participants, in the coming weeks. To learn more about the effort and view the television ads, visit the campaign web site: www.repoweramerica.org.

LIST OF NOTABLE PARTICIPANTS

Corporations

  • North Face
  • Gap, Inc.
  • Seventh Generation, Inc.
  • Clif Bar and Company
  • Levi Strauss & Co.
  • PepsiCo
  • Avon
  • Aspen Skiing Company
  • AMD, Inc.
  • Starbucks
  • Whole Foods
  • Exelon
  • Veterans Energy
  • Lifetime
  • Nike
  • eBay
  • Tom’s Shoes

Organizations

  • United Steelworkers
  • National Farmers Union
  • NAACP
  • Blue Green Alliance
  • Business Forward
  • SEIU
  • United Farm Workers
  • Audubon
  • Trout Unlimited
  • Union of Concerned Scientists
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Operation Freedom
  • Vote Vets
  • The Truman National Security Project
  • Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • Republicans for the Environment
  • WePlayGreen.org
  • Sierra Club
  • American Nurses Association

Individuals

  • Sheryl Crow
  • General Brent Scowcroft
  • Lt. General Claudia Kennedy
  • John Donahoe, CEO of eBay
  • Ted Turner
  • Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo
  • General Wesley Clark
  • Richard Cizik, President of New Evangelicals
  • Theodore Roosevelt IV
  • Sally Ride
  • Brig. Gen. Stephen Cheney (USMC)
  • Andrea Wong, CEO of Lifetime Networks
  • Leo Gerard
  • Mayor John Hickenlooper
  • Mayor Shirley Franklin
  • Mayor Mike Bloomberg
  • Rev. Lennox Yearwood
  • Dr. Peter Wilk
  • Dr. Rebecca M. Patton
  • Martin Luther King III
  • Dr. Rajendra Pachauri
  • Professor Stephen Hawking
  • Eddy Moore, AR Business Leaders for a Clean Energy Economy
  • Bill Keith, CEO Sunrise Solar

VOICES FOR CLIMATE ACTION:

The Honorable Sherwood Boehlert – Former U.S. Congressman (R-NY): There’s an old saying that says, ‘The difficult we do right away; the impossible takes a little longer.’ Well, fortunately, one of the most difficult and challenging problems of our time – how to deal responsibly with climate change – is just difficult. It’s not impossible. And if we do it the right way, we can simultaneously create thousands of new jobs to aid our economy, improve our national security by lessening our dependence on foreign oil and protect our fragile environment.”

Brigadier General Stephen Cheney – USMC (retired): “I believe that global warming and climate change is a national security issue. With my background as a retired military officer, I’ve seen what the climate can do to our national interests and our national security. There is no doubt in my mind that with the increase in global temperatures there’s going to be tremendous change to the economy of the United States, and it’s a direct threat to our national security.”

Richard Cizik – President, New Evangelicals: “Climate change and global warming is changing the face of the Earth – from habitat destruction and species extinction to the loss of biodiversity and pollution. These are all impacts on God’s creation, and as people of faith we believe we have to lead the way.”

Sheryl Crow – Singer/Songwriter: “I believe it’s tantamount right now to seize this opportunity to stop global warming the best that we can, and to change the way that we create energy in America. I think that for the future of all of our children, the future that we leave them will be based on the way we’re living right now and the way we see our future in oil independence, in energy independence. I feel like now is the time to seize this moment where we actually get away from our dependence on foreign oil and we have the means to create and empower our economy based on green energy, to create new jobs and to consciously live in a clean fashion, to become a self sustainable country and to stay out of wars based on oil mongering.”

John Donahoe – CEO, eBay: “eBay is proud of the progress we’re making in harnessing alternative energy to power our campuses and datacenters here in the U.S. and around the world, as we aim to reduce our overall greenhouse gas emissions by 15% by 2012. We’re lending our voice to national and international climate change legislation, because we know that small actions can add up to a big difference.”

Leo Gerard – International President, United Steelworkers (USW): “It’s important that we deal with the issue of climate change now, in order to ensure the next generation has at least as good a shot in life as we did. But we can’t have a tradeoff between good jobs and the clean environment. We need to have both or we’ll have neither. Investing in clean energy now offers three opportunities in one: we can maintain America’s global economic leadership, lead the world in creating good jobs and deal with the issue of climate change for the long term all at the same time.”

Professor Stephen Hawking – Director of Research, D.A.M.T.P., University of Cambridge Centre for Mathematical Sciences: “Climate change is happening at an ever increasing rate. While we are hoping to stabilize it, and maybe even reverse it, by reducing our CO2 emissions, the danger is that the climate change may pass a tipping point at which the temperature rise becomes self sustaining. The melting of the Arctic and Antarctic ice reduces the amount of solar energy that is reflected back into space, and so increases the temperature further. The rise in sea temperature may trigger the release of large quantities of CO2, trapped at the bottom of the ocean, which will further increase the green house effect.”

Evander Holyfield – Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion, The Lean Green Fighting Machine: “Through the Evander Holyfield Solar Farm project and now Repower America, I am proud to be a partner in the green movement to heal the earth. I am also dedicated to an approach which minimizes disruption to the local community and ecosystem. I look forward to working with key stakeholders in the green community as well as public local, state and federal officials to make this happen. As a member of the boxing community and an elite group of champion boxers, I call on my friends in the boxing industry to take on this challenge too. The failing state of our planet may be the toughest competitor that I have ever taken on but I am disciplined, focused and ready for the fight. A mission as big as this needs someone who is recognized through the whole world. We as a people have to come together to save this planet.”

Martin Luther King, III – President & CEO, Realizing the Dream: “Climate change is an environmental, economic, and civil rights issue that warrants our immediate attention. We cannot afford the luxury of being unconcerned regarding the protection of our environment. Let’s become proactive for the benefit of this and future generations.”

Rebecca M. Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR – President, American Nurses Association: A safe and sustainable environment is essential for ensuring the public’s health. As global warming increases, we can expect to see adverse health effects: heat related illnesses; accidents and injuries from extreme weather events; threatened quality of water supplies, and a rise in environmentally linked illnesses such as West Nile and Dengue Fever. As nurses, we have an obligation to guide public policy for a safer and healthier environment and recognize that health care’s core principle of ‘first do no harm’ should apply to our planet, as well as for the public we serve. We must take action now.”

Sally Ride – Former NASA Astronaut: “In 1983, when I looked down on Earth, I could see glaciers in the Himalayas, atolls in the Pacific Ocean, and rain forests in Madagascar. Since then, many glaciers have disappeared, some atolls are underwater, and the rain forests have thinned. The global impacts of climate change are epic — and they are happening now to the atmosphere, every continent, every ocean, and every ecosystem around the world. This is our challenge as scientists, as educators and as citizens. We must act now. And together I believe we can Repower America and create a healthier planet.”

Reverend Lennox Yearwood – President & CEO, Hip Hop Caucus: “In the 20th century, Dr. King fought for equality, for us to share the same restrooms and the same water fountains, and that was so important. But right now, in the 21st century, it’s not about equality. It’s about existence. If we don’t get it right, regarding this clean energy movement, 90 years into the 21st( )century, there will not be a 22nd century. So it’s time for us to work all together, to work from the hood to the Hill, from the suites to the streets, to galvanize and organize and mobilize everybody, black, white, brown, yellow, red for this clean energy movement. It’s time for us to fight poverty and pollution at the same time. This is our lunch counter moment for the 21st century.”

TV AD SCRIPTS:

Script: “Voices” (TV-:30)

JoJo Farrell, Teacher: “Why join the fight to repower America with clean energy?”

Sheryl Crow, Singer/Songwriter: “Because millions of people believe it will make a better future for our children;”

General Brent Scowcroft: “Because climate change threatens our national security;”

Rev. C. Douglas Smith: “We have a responsibility to protect God’s creation;”

Ted Turner, Founder, UN Foundation: “Because I want jobs that are made in America;”

Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo: “Because some of America’s most trusted companies know clean energy will create new industries and new jobs;”

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City: “Because I want America to lead the way;”

All: “So add your voice. Add your voice;”

VO: “Add your voice at repoweramerica.org/wall.”

Script: “Faces” (TV-:30)

VO: Teachers and Students,

Business and Labor,

Scientists and the Clergy,

Energy Companies and Environmentalists,

Doctors and Military Leaders,

Republicans and Democrats,

They all agree now is the time to lead.

We have a historic opportunity to end our dependence on foreign oil and rebuild our economy by investing in a clean energy future.

Now is the time to Repower America.

Add your voice at repoweramerica.org/wall.

About the Alliance for Climate Protection’s Repower America campaign:

The Alliance for Climate Protection launched the Repower America campaign to galvanize the American public around a bold new clean energy plan and a revitalized national energy infrastructure that will jumpstart our economy and create millions of jobs; help end our dependence on foreign oil; reward innovation and job creation, not polluters; and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow the threat of climate change. For more information, visit www.repoweramerica.org.

SOURCE Alliance for Climate Protection


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