Eric The Great

arcticwarning.jpgJust want to give a shout out to L.A. City Councilman Eric Garcetti who frankly never ceases to amaze. From his blog he’ll fill you in on what it’s like to chill (literally) with Salma Hayek, Jake Glockenspiel ó er, Gyllenhaal ó for Earth Day… where? Oh just somewhere up near the freakin’ Arctic Circle, where he writes:

I’m up in Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut, the newest territory in Canada, in order to raise awareness about global warming and its effects on Los Angeles and on the arctic north. We are just under the arctic circle, with about 18 hours of sunlight, in this town of some 6,000 residents, most of whom are native Inuit.

We are working on a project called “Arctic Wisdom”, a collaboration between Global Green USA, the Natural Resouces Defense Council, and the Inuit people. Our delegation is about a dozen strong and includes business executives, climate scientists, two actor/environmentalists ó Salma Hayek and Jake Gyllenhaal ó and some elected officials working on local issues that tie into global warming (I have worked closely with Global Green on everything from expanding the use of solar panels on affordable housing in Los Angeles to use less fossil fuel to passing the nation’s largest green building ordinance to reduce the pollution used in municipal buildings).

It has been an incredible couple of days up here. Today, we took to the polar ice cap with about 1,000 locals to create a piece of art called “Arctic Warning” designed by a local Inuit artist and implemented with the help of John Quigley, an Eagle Rock-based artist who came to mass attention when he sat in Old Glory, a more than 400 year-old oak tree slated for destruction in 2002 in Santa Clarita.

That’s Eric down there on the vast tundra at the bottom of the “G” in “warning.” Just kidding. He’s at the top of the “A” in “arctic.”

I am so making him my write-in candidate for mayor. No kidding.

4 thoughts on “Eric The Great”

  1. I’m with ya buddy….it’s amazing, a local politician who gets that what happens in the world affects all of us. So cool. Hurray for Eric G!

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