With the release of former Vice President Al Gore's 2006 Academy Award-winning documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," environmental activism reached a tipping point in the country, as millions of Americans were exposed to the negative effects green house gas emissions had on the planet. But for Glendale resident Gary Gero, a longtime environmentalist and current president of the Downtown Los Angeles-based Climate Action Reserve, the Gore documentary served as more of a validation to his life's work.
"I've always been involved in environmental issues," recalled Gero, who as a young boy, noted how the first Earth Day inspired him to take action. "Growing up in Los Angeles, and experiencing the air pollution we had, it made me concerned about the environment from a very young age."
Gero's early interest in environmental causes led him to his first job in local government. While working as a grants administrator and manager for the city of Manhattan Beach, Gero used his position to promote environmental causes, including starting the first on beach recycling program in California.