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Oct 31, 2006
Laurie David is devoted to stopping global warming. She founded the Stop Global Warming Virtual March with Senator John McCain and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. that is engaging religious leaders, labor unions, elected officials from all sides of the aisle, business leaders, and every day Americans to urge the United States to address the ticking time bomb that is global warming.
In addition to the Virtual March, Ms. David has produced several other projects that bring the issue of global warming into mainstream popular culture -- including the release of her first book, The Solution is You: Stop Global Warming – An Activist’s Guide, the comedy special, Earth to America! for TBS, the first cause oriented primetime special in a decade, which aired November 20, 2005 to millions of viewers and featured Tom Hanks, Will Ferrell, Steve Martin and Jack Black among many others. The show garnered rave reviews and sparked hundreds of TV, print and radio stories about global warming. She is a producer of An Inconvenient Truth, a documentary film based on former Vice President Al Gore’s thirty years of research on global warming, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and at the Cannes Film Festival, and has been awarded a rare Humanitas Prize Special Award and has received accolades at film festivals around the world; and a HBO documentary Too Hot Not to Handle on the effects of global warming in the United States, which aired on HBO April 22, 2006 and is now available on DVD.
Laurie was featured on Oprah talking about global warming solutions and consulted and appeared on the groundbreaking Fox News one hour special The Heat is On, which aired in primetime on Fox, November 13, 2005. Laurie made her first and last acting debut, as herself, on the most watched soap opera in the world, The Bold and the Beautiful, to talk about the issue of global warming. Laurie was the first ever guest editor of the May 2006 issue of Elle Magazine, which made history by being the first fashion magazine to devote an entire issue to the environment and print its pages on recycled paper. This issue was the bestselling May issue in 14 years. This was the highest selling May issue in fourteen years. In the past year, she has been profiled in People, Glamour, Vogue, Rolling Stone Magazine, Elle Magazine, Seed Magazine, Wired, House and Garden, Vanity Fair, Outside Magazine and The New York Times.
In 2003, Ms. David was honored by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s Riverkeeper organization. When presenting her with the award, Kennedy referred to Ms. David as his "environmental hero." That same year, Ms. David was honored by Los Angeles' Children's Nature Institute for her commitment to the environmental education of young children. Rolling Stone Magazine also listed her as one of the top twenty five leaders fighting global warming. In February 2006 Laurie was recognized for her work on Earth to America! with a prestigious Gracie Allen Award for Individual Achievement by the American Women in Radio & Television. In April 2006 Laurie received NRDC’s 2006 Forces for Nature award for her work against global warming.
As a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council and a founding member of the Detroit Project, Ms. David has spear-headed numerous public education and action campaigns urging Congress and auto-makers to raise fuel efficiency standards and make higher mileage cars. She has been an outspoken promoter of hybrid vehicles since they were first available in the marketplace. With the Detroit Project she produced several television commercials that helped ignite a national debate about gas guzzling SUVs and how driving these impacts our national security and makes us more dependant on oil. Since they aired, SUV sales have steadily declined as the popularity of hybrid vehicles continues to explode. She has chaired many major Los Angeles fundraising events and raised millions of dollars for the environment.
In January of 2004 NRDC opened the David Family Environmental Action Center. Endowed by the David family, the Center encompasses much of Ms. David's passion and dedication for the environment and activism to protect it. It features museum-quality exhibits on issues such as global warming, ocean pollution, everyday toxins, and green building solutions.
Before working full time on environmental and political issues, Ms. David had a distinguished career in entertainment spanning two coasts. She began her career in New York City as a talent coordinator for the David Letterman show. Four years later she left to start her own management company, representing many of today's top comedians as well as comedy writers. She also produced several comedy specials for HBO, Showtime, MTV, and Fox Television. Upon moving to Los Angeles, Ms. David became vice president of comedy development for a division of Fox Broadcasting and developed sitcoms for Twentieth Century Television.
Married to comedian Larry David, they live in Los Angeles with their two daughters.