Al Gore and climate change are about to be all over the media, as An Inconvenient Truth sets to launch in key locales on May 24.
Grist Magazine featured a great interview with the man himself today – DeSmogBlog readers might be interested in hearing what he had to say.
For me, the most interesting comment was with regards to the challenges of walking the “scare the people or give them hope” line. This is an issue that everyone concerned with climate change and how to wake up the general public needs to address. Gore’s take is the following:
…Category 5 denial is an enormous obstacle to any discussion of solutions. Nobody is interested in solutions if they don’t think there’s a problem. Given that starting point, I believe it is appropriate to have an over-representation of factual presentations on how dangerous it is, as a predicate for opening up the audience to listen to what the solutions are, and how hopeful it is that we are going to solve this crisis.
It’s not our mission here at the DeSmogBlog to be one of the factual presentations about the dangers posed by unmitigated climate change. We’re very committed, however, to exposing the dangers posed by those who are paid to make the public believe that there is still uncertainty about the scientific reality. And it’s going to take all of us to create the change we need to see.