@algore (that’s right...he’s on the grams now and you should give him a follow) photographed in DC earlier this week. Like many, I was introduced to Al Gore as the 45th Vice President of the United States. Long before that, Gore was an investigative reporter covering political corruption for the Tennessean as well as serving in Vietnam in the U.S. Army. His political career began in 1976 when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and was the first person to hold hearings on global warming in Congress. An author, subject of the two-time Academy Award Winning documentary, ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ (followed by the 2017 release of ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’), he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. But that’s for the clipboard crowd. Gore also carries a burden. With his amplified voice comes amplified criticism and scrutiny. As a champion of clean/renewable energy amidst a world dominated by fossil fuel interests, this push back is to be expected. And while the ‘climate debate’ is all but a settled scientific fact the world over with 97-100% of climatologists in agreement, the politicization of the issue within America has perpetuated a divisiveness that exacts a toll. At 70 yrs old however, he shows no signs of slowing down and humorously quips, “70 is the new 69.” His non-profit Climate Reality Project has provided free seminars to over 14,000 individuals globally, offering education on the science behind global warming and how to speak to it within their communities. I had about 30 minutes with Gore in which the conversation bounced from his service, to his Instagram account, to religion and faith and the fourth evil of society, ‘Ecological Devastation’. What I was emphatically reminded of, and what I believe to be the most important aspect of all of us REGARDLESS OF OUR POLITICAL IDENTITIES, is our shared humanity and need to protect our shared home. Beyond the years of work, achievement and even the conversation, there was the earnestness of a human who’s life calling has demanded a unfathomable resolve that is worn as an expression of concern flirting with hope.