Martha Lockhart has noticed something about Colorado Springs' biggest attraction. Ever since moving here from Pueblo seven years ago, the Girl Scouts program specialist has noticed that Pikes Peak seems to get less snow with each passing year.
"In Girl Scouts, we know to use resources wisely, to be stewards to our environment," she says. "I have a 2-year-old son, and thought that there had to be more that I could do for him."
Then, Lockhart found the Web site for The Climate Project (theclimateproject.org), a brainchild of Al Gore. The Project was looking for 1,000 volunteers willing to trek to Nashville, Tenn., and spend three days training to give the global-warming lecture widely seen in the Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth.
She applied and was one of 1,000 candidates picked out of a pool of 10,000. She credits the passion she displayed in her application, as well as her affiliation with the Girl Scouts, as reasons she stood out as an applicant.
After three days working with Gore and his scientific advisers, Lockhart is ready to give the famous presentation to any audience that can provide a projector and willingness to learn. She's hoping to give at least 10 presentations in 2007, she says, to get the message out.
"This is something I feel more than strongly about," Lockhart says. "We only have one planet."