Monday, December 10, 2007

The Gore Lecture

It seems this is a speech worth remembering, if you believe this Dispatch from the Nobel Prize Ceremony, by Laurie David at the Huffington Post. Says David:
It was an incredible speech. Read it yourself, gather your family and read it to them. Pass it around at your office. Take a beat, and then feel the urgency of what everyone In that room felt today.

Here's the text, on the Nobel website. Just a small part:
So today, we dumped another 70 million tons of global-warming pollution into the thin shell of atmosphere surrounding our planet, as if it were an open sewer. And tomorrow, we will dump a slightly larger amount, with the cumulative concentrations now trapping more and more heat from the sun.

As a result, the earth has a fever. And the fever is rising. The experts have told us it is not a passing affliction that will heal by itself. We asked for a second opinion. And a third. And a fourth. And the consistent conclusion, restated with increasing alarm, is that something basic is wrong.

We are what is wrong, and we must make it right.

More links on Resourceshelf.

Also at Huffington Post, James Boyce notes today is also the 7th anniversary of the day Gore conceded the 2000 election after the Florida vote count fiasco. Oh dear.



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