In Al Gore's brand-new slideshow (premiering exclusively on TED.com), 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. Gore's stirring presentation is followed by a brief Q&A in which he is asked for his verdict on the current political candidates' climate policies and on what role he himself might play in future.
Gore seems to be arguing for a sophisticated, global and integrated response to the climate crisis in all domains of nature, culture and human life. What becomes increasingly clear is that it is imperative for all of us to take direct action now. It is not truly a question of capacity – but a question of vision and willingness.
The United Nations AR4 Synthesis Report (PDF) was released on November 17, 2007. This report synthesizes the major peer-reviewed scientific research on global warming and convincingly demonstrates that global warming is a serious threat to our species and that it is heavily influenced by human carbon emissions. The scientific debate is over – yet the psychological, political and cultural challenges remain.
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