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In an alternate reality, Al Gore would have been President of the United States back in 1999, and we wouldn’t have had the Iraqi War, the 2008 economic crash, and Jenna Bush Hager co-hosting The Today Show thanks to Dubya. (Of course, in that alternate reality, we may not have had Barack Obama subsequently become President of the United States in 2009, which only proves that life is nothing more than a series of trade-offs.)
In this reality, though, Al Gore has founded the Climate Reality Project, which aims to bring awareness to the dangers of climate change through activism and education.
Today, as part of #BookLoversDay, the Climate Reality Project teamed up with Jonathan Scott — he of HGTV’s Property Brothers — to release the Knowledge is Power free e-book. In it, Scott passionately writes about his commitment to renewable energy — specifically, solar energy — with a furor and an urgency that underlines the current climate crisis.
“Most Americans don’t give a second thought to how we power our everyday lives,
and probably don’t even realize that we live in a world where almost 1 billion people are still forced to live without electricity. Meanwhile, those of us fortunate enough to have it at our fingertips are denied free choice over generation types,
and are hostage to prices that fluctuate considerably based on supply, demand,
and — too often — corporate greed,” he says. “So why aren’t we investing in a future that would fulfill our energy needs by ultimately serving the largest number of people in the cleanest, most-democratic, and least expensive way?”
Jonathan Scott — and the Climate Reality Project — have every right to be upset: according to The New York Times, climate change threatens everything from the world’s food supply to the air that we breathe. If we don’t act now, Earth will most likely become uninhabitable in about 12 years.
This isn’t a political issue — this is a human one. And the time to act is now.
To get your free copy of the Knowledge is Power e-book, click here.
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