The climate crisis may at times appear to be happening
slowly, but in fact 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 for danger; the second is a symbol for
opportunity. In order to face down the danger that is stalking the planet and
move through it, listeners first have to recognize that they are facing a
crisis. So why is it that public leaders seem not to hear 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 go away just because
they are not seen. Indeed, when they are not responded to, their significance
doesn't diminish; it grows.
--Al Gore Download and start listening now!