Friday, April 11, 2008
New Thinking on Climate Change
Once the US Vice President, then star of An Inconvenient Truth, now Nobel Peace Prize winner, Al Gore has been striving hard to focus the world's attention on climate change.
Since leaving Washington, DC -- following the tumultuous 2000 election -- he's still at it and the heartier side is the fact, that his campaign for alerting the world to the dangers of climate change has only gained momentum. His Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth is the third most successful documentary ever released at the box office.
Watch his famous PowerPoint presentation has drawn in a reluctant public, with its meticulously researched content and lucid style.
In this video you'll find, Gore himself having found his footing as a communicator. The warmth and humour reveals the depth of his experience as teacher and author. Arguably, he is better positioned today than he has ever been to affect the future of our environment and world.
He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007, along with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change."
In this video he presents evidence that the pace of climate change may be even worse than scientists were recently predicting, and challenges us to act with a sense of "generational mission" -- the kind of feeling that brought forth the civil rights movement -- to set it right.
I personally strongly agree with Al Gore that to solve the climate crisis we need to change the law. In my house we only buy energy effecient appliances, we also replaced all of the light bulbs with energy efficient ones. In India, segregation of wastes and recycling or organic wastes must be made mandatory. If anyone should decide not to obey the law they should be made to pay a heavy penalty. In however many years when Chennai, Mumbai, Calcutta and several other cities are under water what will we have to say? We should have made less pollution...? I think it's going to be too late if we don't do something now!
Hope atleast now people get the message. Time to focus on climate change more than the other heart-breaking crises: war, injustice, poverty, corruption, all connected, but hard to sort in terms of priority. We're talking about survival of life here, not just us, but all those creatures and plants who do not have our option of changing. Come on, friends, we need to help each other here. Let's get working. We can do it because we are not left with many choices, WE HAVE TO!
Please take time to view this 30 minute video. If you desire to download a zipped version of this video and watch it offline click on the image on the top...