By Paul Fisk
I recently had the privilege of spending a great and educational three-day weekend with former Vice President Al Gore and 1,200 of his closest friends being trained in the reality of global warming and climate change. The conference also featured Thomas Friedman and many scientists and political leaders addressing why we must act now to reduce the impacts of human induced climate change and how we can do so.
The highlight was Al Gore presenting his slide show covering: the basic science behind what’s happening to our climate and why; the accelerating impacts on the earth in terms of more severe storms, drought, flooding, fires and diseases; and, how we can bend the curves into the future to mitigate the effects of the forces in play. He addresses three key questions: “Must we act?” “Can we act?” and “Will we act?” It’s essentially an updated version of his film “An Inconvenient Truth” and its sequel.
The purpose of the training is to equip participants to spread this knowledge, sense of urgency, and reasons to be hopeful to interested groups and businesses. His organization, the Climate Reality Project, provides access to thousands of climate related slides, prior versions of the basic presentation, scientific research, and technical support. Mr. Gore and noted scientists , political leaders and activists from around the world have trained over 20,000 people from more than 140 countries in their efforts to stimulate global action.
It was a great learning experience and source of reasons to be both concerned and hopeful.
I plan to deliver my own shortened version of the presentation at the October meeting of Indivisible 518. I hope you will join me.