“We didn’t wait for someone else to storm the beaches of Normandy. We didn’t wait for someone else to guarantee civil rights, or put a man on the moon, and we can’t wait for someone else to solve the global climate crisis. We need to act, and we need to act now.”
This doesn’t take anything away from Gore’s view that federal regulations need to change in order to help spur change. Gore told the Washington Post, “This climate crisis is so interwoven with habits and patterns that are so entrenched, the elected officials in both parties are going to be timid about enacting the bold changes that are needed until there is a change in the public’s sense of urgency in addressing this crisis. I’ve tried everything else I know to try. The way to solve this crisis is to change the way the public thinks about it.”
It will be interesting to see how this method turns out. For large scale change, the government and large businesses need to be on board. Using re-usable bags in grocery stores is a great thing for people to do – but this alone is not going to have a strong enough affect to change our environmental problems. Could Gore’s initiative help create additional public pressure on the government to finally address this issue head on?
Gore said that “The simple algorithm is this: It’s important to change the light bulbs, but it’s much more important to change the laws. The options available to civilization worldwide to avert this terribly destructive pattern are beginning to slip away from us. The path for recovery runs right through Washington, D.C.”
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