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Last August, Former Vice President Al Gore joined our Climate Change SOS blogathon with a diary about Building a Corps of Climate Leaders.  Tomorrow, he returns to post a diary at 12:30 pm Pacific time.

Gore's diary will include a live stream video for his 24 Hours of Reality: The Dirty Weather Report. This is his second annual live event to highlight how global climate change is connected to the extreme weather we now experience.

We’ll move between our home studio in New York City and into each region of the world, bringing voices, news and multimedia content across all 24 time zones. We’ll feature videos from around the globe, man-on-the-street reports, music, and most importantly, stories from communities moving forward with solutions.

Most of all, we’ll generate new energy and urgency around the fact that we must — and we can — work together to address the climate crisis.

The live, online broadcast of 24 Hours of Reality: The Dirty Weather Report starts on November 14 at 8 p.m. EST or now and concluding on November 15 at 7 p.m. EST. So, you can start watching now here and then join Former Vice President Gore tomorrow with his diary!
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The extreme weather events this past summer opened some eyes to the reality that climate change impacts are happening now.

In the 1960s, Cuyahoga River in Ohio literally caught on fire from the thick oily sludge and oil-soaked debris of contaminated pollution masquerading as one of our waterways. Many viewed waters on fire as the eye-opener that the public needed and the trigger for Congress to enact the Clean Water Act and create the Environmental Protection Agency.

We now have a climate change version of "waters on fire." This past summer, we have witnessed climate change impacts happening NOW, with TV video and media reports on the heatwaves, wildfires, droughts and freak storms. As James Hansen stated, some of our extreme weather events are linked to climate change.

Former Vice President Al Gore created The Climate Reality Project to do what we in our eco community have also been trying to do for years now, inform about our climate crisis and work toward meaningful change:

The Climate Reality Project is bringing the facts about the climate crisis into the mainstream and engaging the public in conversation about how to solve it. We help citizens around the world discover the truth and take meaningful steps to bring about change.

Founded and chaired by Al Gore, Nobel Laureate and former Vice President of the United States, The Climate Reality Project has more than 5 million members and supporters worldwide. It is guided by one simple truth: The climate crisis is real and we know how to solve it.

We have many climate change blogathons and projects planned for 2013, the year for climate change to finally be effectively addressed. At least the issue is being raised now when before there was climate silence. We need to build the movement to pressure DC to take effective action.

It is reported today in a new poll that Sandy Fuels Widespread Concern on Climate Change across party lines.

"These results show the dramatic impact 2012's extreme weather has had across party lines, with half of Republicans, 73 percent of independents and 82 percent of Democrats saying they're worried about the growing cost and risks of extreme weather disasters fueled by climate change," said Pollster John Zogby. "It's a major change from our December 2009 poll, which showed two-thirds of Republicans and nearly half of political independents saying they were 'not at all concerned' about global climate change and global warming. The political climate has shifted and members of Congress need to catch up with their constituents."
President Obama said today he wants to move forward on agenda to address climate change:
If, on the other hand, we can shape an agenda that says we can create jobs, advance growth and make a serious dent in climate change and be an international leader, I think that’s something that the American people would support.

So you know, you can expect that you’ll hear more from me in the coming months and years about how we can shape an agenda that garners bipartisan support and helps move this — moves this agenda forward.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid also indicated that we need to address climate change:
Climate change is an extremely important issue for me and I hope we can address it reasonably," he said Wednesday at a press conference. "It's something, as we've seen with these storms that are overwhelming our country and the world, we need to do something about it."
Before we had silence. Now, there is movement forward from DC and the public.

We need to make sure that these are not our weather reports!

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Originally posted to Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 05:04 PM PST.

Also republished by J Town, Climate Change SOS, and DK GreenRoots.

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