March 1st, 2007 - Barbara Feiner
A big organic shout out to former Vice President Al Gore, Oscar winner! And kudos to two of England’s leaders, Environment Secretary David Miliband and Education Secretary Alan Johnson, who are sending copies of Best Documentary An Inconvenient Truth to every secondary school in the country. (Not likely to happen in the United States…)
“The debate over the science of climate change is well and truly over, as demonstrated by the publication of [the ] report by the IPCC,” Miliband says. “Our energies should now be channeled into how we respond in an innovative and positive way in moving to a low-carbon future. I was struck by the visual evidence the film provides, making clear that the changing climate is already having an impact on our world today, from Mount Kilimanjaro to the Himalayan mountains. As the film shows, there’s no reason to feel helpless in the face of this challenge. Everyone can play a part, along with government and business, in making a positive contribution in helping to prevent climate change.”
“With rising sea temperatures, melting ice caps and frequent reminders about our own ‘carbon footprints,’ we should all be thinking about what we can do to preserve the planet for future generations,” Johnson adds. “Children are the key to changing society’s long-term attitudes toward the environment. Not only are they passionate about saving the planet, but children also have a big influence over their own families’ lifestyles and behavior. Al Gore’s film is a powerful message about the fragility of our planet, and I’m delighted that we are able to make sure every secondary school in the country has a copy to stimulate children into discussing climate change and global warming in school classes.”
The DVD will go to 3,385 secondary schools in England, part of a Sustainable Schools year of action to make them models of sustainable best practices.
Book Pick of the Day: An Inconvenient Truth
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January 17th, 2007 - Barbara Feiner
As a parent dedicated to organic living and environmental awareness, you’ll be pleased to hear that former Vice President Al Gore’s best-selling book, An Inconvenient Truth, will be adapted for young readers.
An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis Of Global Warming will be available in April. The 208-page book, created for children 11 and older, will be published by Viking Children’s Books/ Rodale Books.
“There is no doubt that young people today are more aware of environmental problems than my generation ever was,” says Gore, who will donate all of his profits to the campaign to fight global warming. “As this new generation comes of age, it faces the enormous challenge of solving global warming. That’s why I felt it was so important to adapt An Inconvenient Truth for them. In order to fix this crisis, everyone needs to be involved. I have faith that young people have both the ability and the enthusiasm to put a stop to global warming.”
Doug Whiteman, president of Penguin Young Readers Group, is excited about bringing Gore’s message to a younger audience.
“As I sat in a theater watching Vice President Gore deliver his message on film,” he says, “it struck me that if we are to make an impact on the problem of global warming in the near future, we must find a way to bring the message to a younger audience—to the generation that has the opportunity to effect real change.”
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June 12th, 2006 - Barbara Feiner
I’m pleased to report that Al Gore’s documentary on global warming, An Inconvenient Truth, has made the Top 5 on the Moviefone ticket reservation service, and his book of the same name is No. 9 in sales on Amazon.com. (You go, Al!) Amazon is selling Truth for $13.17—a 40% discount over the list price of $21.95, and it’s hard to find a better deal.
Climatecrisis.org, the film’s official website, provides great information for Organic Authority readers who are concerned about global warming (and their skeptic friends), including a section that explains the fundamental science.
You can also download a well-designed handout called 10 Things to Do (PDF file) to help stop global warming. I encourage you to save it to your computer, print out copies and distribute them to friends, family and coworkers. The steps are surprisingly simple, mirroring fundamental concepts of organic living—from replacing regular light bulbs with fluorescents to regularly checking tire inflation, which improves gas mileage.
If you’ve already seen the film, please let us know what you think by posting a comment below.
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