Al Gore jokingly refers to himself as a recovering politician. Since retiring from elected leadership he has given his life to helping solve the climate crisis; a crisis that is less about Earth changing its temperament and more about humans forgetting we are a part of Nature. Our disconnection to nature has caused us to deplete our home planet of our most precious resources. We pollute our water, contaminate our air, and poison our soil from where food and life springs. The real climate crisis is a call to action that a shift in consciousness is needed now more than ever. A shift that may be 500 years too late; when settlers arrived on these shores and took the land from the natives as if Earth is something that can be bought and sold. The consumer's outcome provided some with warmth and comfort, but left many out on the street and entire native cultures lost, memorialized on roadside plaques or in mere names of towns and rivers. Those of us alive today can relate; enslaved in debt, in fear of being out on the street with the others, where the effects of the cold winter freeze the bones and where the effects of flood and famine always strike first.
The climate crisis hits us hard in the pocket. And as resources decrease, wars intensify. A fight for power emerges. Like Standing Rock. As the world oil reserves diminish, companies seek to find it elsewhere, militarizing their efforts and stealing land once again from Natives. Or closer to plate, when a drought hits Mexico, your Avocado price increases.
All day today 24 Hours of Reality continues to broadcast around the world, highlighting each time zone region. On the hour every hour Al Gore continues to present one of his impassioned slideshows, Live, in hopes of reaching, teaching and inspiring through science, spirit, tech, and entertainment. His latest film Truth to Power is a tremendous "i told you so" following up the breakout documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, with updates on predictions to climate change that are way ahead of schedule. I am honored to call this tireless and fearless leader a friend, and know that @climatereality exists to spread the truth. Follow and share them on your feeds.