Former Vice President Al Gore released a video Tuesday in which he appeared to endorse a penguin for Congress.
Gore, who has tackled environmental issues throughout his political career, is supporting Earth the Penguin as part of a broader satirical campaign by the Climate Reality Project to encourage voter registration and turnout ahead of November's midterm elections.
"I just wanted to take a minute to help spread the word about a certain young candidate running for Congress. She's smart, tenacious, and she's running to create a healthier world for us all," Gore said in the recording before touting the penguin's supposed clean energy expertise and carbon emissions policy. "She's passionate about this planet, and any candidate with that priority has my complete support. That's why today I'm proud to officially endorse Earth for Congress."
She’s a penguin of the people and she’s got my vote. Consider this my official endorsement of Congressional candidate @EarthForAmerica. Check out her platform at https://t.co/7jNRdRYKGS and make sure to vote on Nov 6! #StandWithEarth pic.twitter.com/PqzdIcZYb2— Al Gore (@algore) October 9, 2018
Gore founded the Climate Reality Project in 2006 shortly after the release of his documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth." The nonprofit organization seeks to increase awareness about "the climate crisis," according to its website.
Stacie Paxton Cobos, one of the group's senior vice presidents, told the Washington Examiner the "Earth for America" initiative is to urge young people to "speak up for the future they want."
“We launched Earth for America to get young people talking about issues that will define their future," she said. "It meets young people where they are, through the tools they use to communicate and the humor that resonates with them."
Earth the Penguin's "campaign" is backed by a website that has links to voter resources and social media accounts.
"I am proposing a complete transition from coal and natural gas to renewables — and I don’t mean your streaming subscriptions. I’m talking clean sources of energy like solar, wind, and geothermal," according to the penguin's website. "By encouraging businesses and cities to transition to clean energy, we can create millions of new jobs for Americans, promote national security, and help our planet keep its cool."