Monday, February 29, 2016

Fwd: Al Gore's electrifying, optimistic (!) take on climate change

Wisconsin is an environmentally aware place.  A Wisconsinite founded Earth Day.  My local university is known worldwide for its natural resources focus and studies.  Anyone interested in the unfolding story of the human-Earth relations will probably get both information and inspiration from the Al Gore TED talk linked below.
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Al Gore's electrifying, optimistic (!) take on climate change

25:20 minutes · Filmed Feb 2016 · Posted Feb 2016 · TED2016

Last week, Al Gore rocked TED with one of the most electrifying talks on our planet's future you'll ever hear. He asks three questions about climate change: Do we have to change? (Oh, yes we do; stunning stats and some jawdropping footage help make his case.) Second question: Can we change? And here's the surprising part: We've already started. So then, he asks the big question: Will we change? In this challenging, inspiring talk, Gore says yes: "We're going to win this." If you've got climate-change fatigue, feeling helpless and hopeless -- take the time to watch this rousing talk on the state of Earth right now.

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