The First Green President?
Barack Obama showed up at the Governor's Global Climate Summit by video address. Delivering a sober promise to engage in "green government," Obama describes "a new chapter of American leadership on climate change" that would involve reducing emissions, investing in solar power, wind power, the generation of millions of green jobs and a committment to a "new era of global cooperation".
Earlier this month Obama gave America's first presidential YouTube address, continuing his use of the Internet as a means to reach people. In October, 350.org launched a campaign requesting Obama go to Poland for the UN Climate Change Conference. While he is unable to attend due to his taking office after the conference, he will consult with Members of Congress who are able to attend.
It is a refreshing step in the right direction to see online campaigns, video addresses and commitments to a healthy planet emerge in the political sphere. It is a sign that, one way or another, the messages are getting through.
Original photo by jetheriot, remixed by Morgan Maher, used via Creative Commons licenses.