Al Gore is pretty well-known as being a crusader for educating the public about climate change. His 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth is a bible of sorts for those looking for information on the effects of global warming. In recent years, however, Gore has stepped up his vocalizations about climate issues, calling out the media for completely avoiding the issue even when faced with IPCC reports, severe weather events, and record temperatures. Here’s Al Gore:
“Just as they did not report the truth about the proposal to invade Iraq, we are not getting the accurate impression about this challenge that we have to face. To stop putting 90 million tons of global warming pollution up into the atmosphere every single day … They aren’t only doing nothing about it, there’s hardly any discussion about it. It drives me crazy.”
We aren’t living in the dark ages when people were grasping at straws to understand how the universe works. Today’s scientists are brilliantly intelligent and nearly 100 percent of them believe that humans are causing climate change. According to NASA, “Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities,1and most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position.” Whether we can do anything about it is a matter of opinion and science, of course, but I am on the side of not. Here’s more Gore:
“The whole North polar ice cap is disappearing in front of our eyes. Twelve massive million-dollar-plus climate-related disasters … and they keep coming.” And where is the media, he asks? Well, I have news for him and everyone else wondering the same thing. The media gives us what we want, and what we want is not necessarily important. We want The Kardashians, Honey Boo-Boo, Duck Dynasty, and missing Malaysian airplanes. CNN has covered the missing plane for over 2 months now, nonstop – even though there has been very important news around the globe that should have been covered.
Climate change is boring, it doesn’t make for stellar headlines, and it doesn’t garner page views. And unfortunately, in our media, page views and TV viewers is all that matters, easily trumping stories about our upcoming demise.
Thankfully we have people like Al Gore, willing to speak up about important issues and get out there in front of the media to at least attempt to educate those among us still not willing to accept what we are doing to our own planet. There are a few others as well, but it’s not up to just them; it’s up to us. If we want a discussion about climate change, “we” have to force it. Personally, I am not that interested as A. I know it’s happening and B. I don’t think there’s anything that can be done. But maybe you are interested, and if you want to hear about it you need to force the issue. There are billions of us here on the planet and only a handful of media-friendly faces. Al Gore is dead-on correct – the media does a tremendous job of ignoring the important issues of our time while busy promoting crappy, no-talent reality stars. But putting our hopes the hands of Al Gore is to contribute to our own demise.