An Inconvenient Truth

The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It

Al Gore | 2006

In former Vice President Al Gore’s best-selling book, An Inconvenient Truth, he lays out a case for the climate crisis and why it is imperative that we solve it.

Our climate crisis may, at times, appear to be happening slowly, but it is happening very quickly and has become a true planetary emergency. The Chinese expression for crisis consists of two characters. The first is a symbol of danger; the second is a symbol of opportunity.

To face the danger that is stalking us and move through it, we first must recognise that we are facing a crisis. So why do our leaders seem to have not heard such clarion warnings? Are they resisting the truth because they know that the moment they acknowledge it, they will face a moral imperative to act? Is it simply more convenient to ignore the warnings?

Perhaps, but inconvenient truths do not disappear just because they are not seen. Indeed, when they are responded to, their significance doesn’t diminish; it grows.

This publication is part of Ecosystem City: Lessons from the Forest