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Monday, April 21, 2008

I have to say the situation has not improved since I made the movie in 2006. Sure, awareness has grown and more people are concerned since scientists said we had just ten years to take action to halt rising sea levels.

But the situation has got worse. The entire North Polar ice cap is melting and could be gone in some areas in as little as five years.

You have to ask what would it take to set off the alarm bells to make this a top-of-mind priority in the body politic. If you had told me a few years ago that we would be facing a situation where the entire North Polar ice cap was going to imminently disappear, I might have thought we’d certainly get people’s attention, and yet only to a limited degree.
That's Al Gore on the political situation surrounding climate change two years after An Inconvenient Truth. The movie shifted public opinion on the issue significantly, but I agree it hasn't been nearly far enough. If only there had been some way for Gore to draw attention to this critical issue—some sort of platform he could have made use of—or better yet, some sort of campaign he could have run...