Al Gore - "An Inconvenient Truth"

by gregpdesrosiers on March 16, 2014 - 9:00pm

Because I was too occupied with other homework, this article was done very quickly. As such, the writing is not as organized as it should be according to my professor's expectations.

 

Back in February 2014, what I worked on was an article about volunteer organizations; I decided to do mine on environment protection, comprising of four different organizations, including CIEL from outside Montreal, Nature Action Québec, Nature Canada, and the Canadian Environmental Law Association. As such, I wanted to find an individual who made a fundamental change, in an industrialized society, for environmental protection. I decided to do Al Gore; when I was in Secondary 2, through my Geography teacher Gary Wagner, he decided to let us watch Paramount Pictures' An Inconvenient Truth.

Although An Inconvenient Truth and the environmental issues Al Gore worked upon are not completely related to my volunteer organization research, there is still some connection because some species can be endangered by climate change, and we humans often underestimate the damage of our actions to nature. In fact, the organizations I've researched are there because we do underestimate the potential damage we're causing, and there really isn't enough momentum to spread the word and take action. I have seen the film myself, and its online site, along with a few lessons in my science classes about environmental pollution, including transportation. In addition, provincial or federal organizations put emphasis on controlling climate change a little more than the smaller local communities. The individual I'm discussing not only has, and had, impacts on the United States, but also some contribution globally. Essentially, I wanted to investigate an individual who has environmental activism more nationally or globally, spread some information about him to follow his statements about climate change, and emphasize on what we can do to change and control the environmental crisis.

Al Gore is a former United States Vice President, now working as an environmental activist and the chairman of a non-profit organization called The Climate Reality Project. (AlGore.com 1) He served eight years as the vice president since he was inaugurated in January 1993. (AlGore.com 2) Aside from being the presenter and speaker in the documentary film, he wrote several bestselling books including The Assault on Reason, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, and The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. (AlGore.com 3) In 2007, he won the Nobel Peace Prize, in association with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, for spreading awareness on the potential dangers of climate change. (TED 4) He also hosted three different TED conferences: Averting the climate crisis in June 2006, New thinking on the climate crisis in April 2008, and What comes after An Inconvenient Truth in May 2009. (TED)

Al Gore was born as Albert Arnold Gore, Jr. in March 1948 in Washington, D.C. (Biography.com 2) His father was a Democrat in the U.S. House from Tennessee, and his mom was a graduate from Vanderbilt Law School. (Biography.com 2) Gore earned an honours degree in politics from Harvard University in 1969 when he wrote a senior thesis, The Impact of Television on the Code of the Presidency, 1947 – 1969. (Biography.com 3) He served in the Vietnam War for several months in 1971; (Biography.com 6) attended Vanderbilt's law school for over twelve months from 1974; and started running for the U.S. government in 1976 after quitting his education. (Biography.com 7-8) He ran for a seat in the U.S. Senate in 1984 and made a bid for the Democratic nomination in 1988 for presidency. (Biography.com 8-9) He then participated in the 2000 US Presidential Campaign, where he won the popular vote but was defeated after five weeks of voting procedure arguments. (Biography.com 11)

While he worked as the 45th Vice President of the United States, he performed for some environmental activism. He pushed to put in a carbon tax in order to have the United States use less fossil fuels; it was not completely implemented, but partially. (The Guardian 10) On Earth Day 1994, he launched the GLOBE Program to improve the awareness on the environment to worldwide students through Internet. (The Guardian 11) In 1997, he attempted to help the Kyoto Protocol pass a treaty for greenhouse gas emissions, but was opposed by the Senate because it would harm the United States economy. (The Guardian 13) Despite the opposition, Gore signed the protocol in 1998. (The Guardian 15) After serving with the government, in 2004, Gore's own environmental slideshow was seen by the producers of the film The Day After Tomorrow, where they met with a film director in making the slideshow into An Inconvenient Truth. (The Guardian 20)

Today, his non-profit organization, The Climate Reality Project, is designed to change the philosophy of the worldwide leaders in order to promote more environmental protection and any matters to solve the climate crisis. (Climate Reality Project [About Us] 1) By building support into the urgent action that most people usually don't, they will convince the leaders to find ways in having us follow matters to control climate change. (Climate Reality Project [About Us] 1) Some of the initiatives include 24 Hours of Reality, a live online broadcasting channel for solutions on climate change. (Climate Reality Project [Initiatives]) Another is TheCostOfCarbon.org, which is to pay more than what we pay for pollution. (Climate Reality Project [Initiatives]) There is also The Guitar of Reality, a music group, the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, consisting of agents working for the organization, and Reality Drop, an online social awareness tool. (Climate Reality Project [Initiatives]) This is where Al Gore spends most of his time; he coordinates all the managers for each program to implement the spread of awareness needed to take action urgently on controlling climate change. (AlGore.com 1)

Out of all the experience I had in learning about the environment and the pollution we've been generating for years, it is hard to work on this a lot because all of us have different factors. But I still feel that we could better change ourselves for the sustainability of future generations to come. In addition, Gore's involvement with the government as well as his activism while being Vice President of the United States makes him more recognized as a motivational speaker for climate change control. If we don't take action seriously on environmental protection, not only will it inflict us negatively on a health and society level, but potentially at an economic level. In conclusion, Al Gore is an American environmental activist; his past experience as an American vice president makes him not only concerned about the environment, but also concerned about the implications to have people be motivational for controlling climate change.
 

References

"AlGore.com – About." Al Gore. Web. 15 Mar 2014. http://www.algore.com/about.html

"Al Gore | Speaker | TED." TED. Web. 15 Mar 2014. http://www.ted.com/speakers/al_gore

The Climate Reality Project. (About Us) Web. 15 Mar 2014. http://climaterealityproject.org/about-us/

The Climate Reality Project. (Initiatives) Web. 15 Mar 2014. http://climaterealityproject.org/initiatives/

"Al Gore Biography – Facts, Birthday, Life Story - Biography.com." Bio. TRUE STORY. Web. 15 Mar 2014. http://www.biography.com/people/al-gore-9316028

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English college student in Computer Science and Mathematics.