Al Gore has just published a book, which is the sequel to his 2006 block-buster, An Inconvenient Truth, which was made into an Academy Award-winning documentary. Now available at bookstores and online retailers everywhere is Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis. Gore has also penned the bestsellers Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit, and The Assault on Reason.
If you are at all concerned about the environment, you probably know of Al Gore. He is the former Vice-President of the United States (from 1993-2001), Nobel Laureate and climate change expert. The “About the Author” description of Gore at Amazon.com states:
“Al Gore is the cofounder and chairman of Current TV, an Emmy Award-winning, independently owned cable and satellite television news and information network for young people based on viewer-created content, citizen journalism, and investigative reporting. He is also cofounder and chairman of Generation Investment Management, a firm focused on a new approach to sustainable investing. Gore is a partner with the venture capial firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a member of the Board of Directors of Apple, and a senior advisor to Google. He is a visiting professor at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and chairs a nonprofit organization designed to help solve the climate crisis-the Alliance for Climate Protection-to which he is donating 100 percent of his earnings from this book.”
Gore has long been mocked for being too “wooden.” So, it came as a bit of a surprise to people when he broke into the entertainment business, appearing in the film, An Inconvenient Truth. Truly, however, Gore is not out to entertain. He wants to educate. He wants to scare you a bit. He also wants to provide answers.
In Our Choice, Gore details 416 pages of what we can do…. what choices we can make…. to solve the climate crisis.
Our Choice includes chapters on the causes of global climate change (greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation) and explores various solutions to reduce fossil-fuel reliance. Gore also discusses how to implement and encourage renewable energy solutions, from cap and trade to CO2 taxes. As in his previous books, Gore has packed the pages with scientific data detailed enough to please the pickiest engineers and most serious scientists.
Holding a series of “Solutions Summits” over the past several years, Gore sought out answers to the climate crisis in various forums. The information and ideas gathered were included in Our Choice, and are intended to inspire people to react to the current global environmental conditions with both hope and purpose.
As stated in the introduction:
Our Choice gathers in one place all of the most effective solutions that are available now and that, together, will solve this crisis. It is meant to depoliticize the issue as much as possible and inspire readers to take action—not only on an individual basis but as participants in the political processes by which every country, and the world as a whole, makes the choice that now confronts us.
Its your choice if you will read Our Choice, just as its your choice if you will implement small, everyday changes to minimize your carbon footprint, or support necessary government regulations and initiatives to move us closer to addressing the climate crisis.
Remember - 100% of the earnings from sales of Our Choice will be donated to the Alliance for Climate Protection.