Thursday, June 30, 2011

People who deny Climate Change Are Indirectly Helped by Media

So says Al Gore.

He describes how natural events like, droughts, melting glaciers, heatwaves, storms of stronger ferocity and floods have increased in the past ten years. For example the floods in Australia and Pakistan and the fact that the last ten years have been the hottest on record.

Environmental/Eco Globe and leaf Icon by Kendraschaefer, openclipart
In his own words, Here is the core of it: we are destroying the climate balance that is essential to the survival of our civilization. This is not a distant or abstract threat; it is happening now. The United States is the only nation that can rally a global effort to save our future. And the president is the only person who can rally the United States.

More important, the article outlines what we, the ordinary people could do. Here's the link:

A strange twist to Al Gore's article is the one I read before it at the following link:

To me this article seemed like nothing Al Gore had said. It led one to believe that most of Al Gore's article must be a rave and a rant against Barrack. This it certainly isn't. And Maggie519, one of the commentators after the article seems to agree. Part of her comment is that according to Al Gore:

They (the media) gave equal time/credence to the climate deniers:false equivalency.  It's not hard to imagine how this was hijacked into an Obama hit piece by the MSM.   He actually PRAISED the Presidents efforts on this front in spite of all the odds.  The only criticism (one sentence by the way) was that Obama didn't use the "bully pulpit" to push back against the deniers harder.  

Makes one wonder about the intentions of the author of that article, Benjy something or the other. Never mind, the important issues are
  • how rapidly some of our life-giving activities like cooking, keeping warm, travelling, transportation, our very way of life, are threatening the air we breathe, the water we drink and the soil we grow our plants in, 
  • how we could make changes so that we continue making life easy for ourselves without polluting the atmosphere
  • how innovations for this is where our research efforts should be; not only will it help the environment, it is what will make the nation from where these innovations originate, the nation that invests in this kind of research, very wealthy.
  • how educating everyone about these issues is essential so that we have ordinary people's buy in
and Al Gore, as usual, has pointed out only too well, the reasons why this isn't happening in the States. He has also pointed out what we, the ordinary people who believe climate is changing because of human activity, can and must do.

Here's the link again:


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