Al Gore, An Inconevient Truth,
The Planetry Emergancy of Global Warming, and what we can do about it.
I found this book thought provoking, and very engaging. The presentation is very good with plenty of clear descriptions and illustrations which add weight to what he is saying. Gore writes from both an informative and personal view, and his passion about what is happening regarding climate change comes across as very genuine.
He states "in every corner of the globe, on land and in water, in melting ice and disappearing snow, during heatwaves and droughts, in the eyes of hurricanes and in the tears of refugees, the world is witnessing mounting and undeniable evidence that nature's cycles are profoundly changing".
I particuarly liked his quote by Martin Luther King Jnr, - "We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now, in this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare naked and dejected with lost opportunity. The tide in the affairs of men does not remain at flood - it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is adamant to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words 'Too late'."
As relevant now as when first spoken in the sixties. So often the situation appears to be overwhelming, leaving the questioning 'What differance can I make?' However I finished the book with a sense of energy and optimism. As Gore states " it is worth preserving and doing what you can however small it may seem ...I want to convey my strong feeling that what we are facing is not just a cause for alarm, it is paradoxically a cause for hope"
Momentum is gathering, attitudes and perceptions are changing, new technologies are available and continue to be developed. We can all do something. A book to be recomended!
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