Moyer joins Al Gore's crusade

September 21, 2006|By Nia-Malika Henderson | Nia-Malika Henderson,sun reporter

Annapolis Mayor Ellen O. Moyer has been named one of the first 50 people nationwide to spread former Vice President Al Gore's global warming message.

The "mother of Greenscape" will head to Nashville, Tenn., this weekend with the other volunteers to learn how to give a PowerPoint presentation partly based on Gore's recent documentary, An Inconvenient Truth.

Gore, who narrates the movie, recognizes Annapolis as a city with progressive environmental policies. Moyer, who saw the documentary, answered his call for people to join his crusade.

"I'm honored to be a part of this first training program," said Moyer, whose environmentalist stripes date to the 1960s, when she launched beautification efforts as the wife of the then-mayor. "There comes a point in time when we have to say enough is enough."

Elected mayor in 2001, Moyer has put a decidedly green stamp on Annapolis.

Fifteen years ago, she helped launch Greenscape, an annual day for the community to plant trees and flowers and beautify the city. This year, it included 2,500 plants and 250 trees.

In 2002, Moyer refused to exterminate ants that took over City Hall. She launched an environmental program for city fourth-graders that is now taught throughout the county.

Last summer, Moyer was one of dozens of mayors around the country to convene at the Sundance Summit to discuss greenhouse gas emissions and renewable energy at the invitation of Robert Redford.

More than 5,000 people have applied to be a part of the program, which will eventually train at least 1,000 people to spread Gore's gospel.

In the documentary, he presents evidence -- rising sea levels, melting ice caps that have left polar bears homeless and record-breaking temperatures -- that suggests global warming is becoming a crisis. He sheds his politician's skin for that of a passionate and accessible advocate.

"Mr. Gore believes that leaders lead when there's an educated and informed public," said Kalee Kreider, Gore's communications director. "We need to have people all over the country to be educated and who will push companies and government to deal with this in a much bigger way."

Retired teachers, environmental activists and students are among the first training group, Kreider

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