Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Al Gore To Write A Solution-Based Book On Global Warming

Nobel-laureate and ex-V.P. Al Gore is back in the news again. After having widely-heralded success with "An Inconvenient Truth" and other anti-climate change efforts, he's back to do more good for the Earth. Soon we'll have another one of his brilliant books to pour over. The question though, is why after putting out all the pertinent information on our climatic problem should we have to rehash it again?

From The Atlantic:

Following up on his New York Times bestselling An Inconvenient Truth of 2006, former Vice President Al Gore will release a new book later this year, titled Our Choice, in the hopes of spurring action on climate change. The book will draw on discussions from the climate "Solutions Summits" Gore has held since 2006. One might ask how the new book could be different--after all, one can only point out the need for action on climate change in so many ways. But even if the book makes the exact same points as his previous bestseller, it's the duty of any activist to continue calling attention to one's issue until that issue is solved. And, since the political climate of 2009 is different, linguists would argue that the meaning of Gore's new book will be too. As Gertrude Stein said, a rose is a rose is a rose...but the last rose wasn't quite the same as the first.
So yeah, we need to be aware of the problem, or else we will never do what it takes to solve the climate crisis. Also, it isn't so much about the problem...since we know (even the deniers know it) that the planet is being deeply affected by human activity. The key is that we focus on solutions and how to start reversing the damage we've done.