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Gore in Seattle, Global Warming Warning
Gore in Seattle, Global Warming Warning
by E. Joyce Glasgow - SGN Contributing Writer

Al Gore was received with an uproarious standing ovation from nearly 5,000 fans and concerned citizens when he approached the stage of the Key Arena on Monday, October 23rd.

He said that this was one of the largest audiences he's ever shown his slide show to. His film, "An Inconvenient Truth", about the looming catastrophes of global warming is based on these slide show presentations that Gore is presenting continually all over the world.

Gore showed his lighter side, dropping one joke after another. It became clear that he has good comic timing and isn'tHe told the audience that the citizens of the Pacific Northwest area of the country are taking a leadership role in efforts to reverse global warming.

Someone yelled out for him to run for President again, but he declined, saying that he is busy working on other political campaigns and on global warming issues.

Later in the evening he told us that "An Inconvenient Truth" is coming out for sale soon on DVD (November 21st). This DVD will include 30 more minutes of up-dated information. He said that he and his wife Tipper are donating all the proceeds that they are receiving from the film, DVD's and book to environmental education.

The audience was totally concentrated on the numerous and well-explained facts about the dramatic and very quickly mounting disasters happening worldwide due to the current acceleration of global warming. Gore used up-to-the-minute information. Some calculations were accurate as of the day before the lecture here.

The information that Gore shared was both mystifying and horrifying. One sobering thought is that glaciers are melting at such a fast rate that if we keep going with global warming as we are now, huge areas of India, China and Europe, as well as parts of the United States, including areas of New York City and Florida will be totally submerged within 50 years, displacing hundreds of millions of people. Some Pacific Islands will disappear altogether.

According to Gore, worldwide population growth is out of control, multiplying faster in shorter periods of time. Forest fires numbers have increased dramatically across the Western States due to droughts and -- as everyone is well aware from the example of Hurricane Katrina -- powerful and formerly seldom seen category 5 hurricanes are becoming normal and increasingly frequent occurrences. Flooding and desertification are both becoming common around the world. Drought and the subsequent loss of drinking water and loss of agricultural land are factors contributing to civil unrest and warring in parts of Africa.

Gore gives us hope and assures us that it is not too late to change things around. He said that we have to let go of old habits and find innovative ways to create and save energy. Some obvious changes that need to be made are: reduction of the use of fossil fuels, creation of alternative, non-polluting fuels, taking public transportation instead of driving cars, reducing coal burning and the release of carbon into the atmosphere, recycling, building energy conserving "Green" buildings, investing in and development of wind and solar power, the ending of over fishing the oceans, stopping forest clear cutting, the creation of more highly conserving hybrid vehicles and electric cars, educating others about global warming and conservation, and working together in our communities to make these changes a reality.

Gore showed evidence that even just the smallest actions can begin to make overwhelming changes for the better. Of course, voting candidates into governmental office who support conservation and the environment is one of the most important things we can do together, he suggested. Right now, the U.S. alone is responsible for over one-third of the Earth's pollution.

To learn more about what you can do to help reduce global warming now and for information about Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth", visit Al Gore's websites: www.algore.org and www.climatecrisis.net

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